Visit to Keiryu-ji, Camprodon, Spain
Tenkei & Myoho went to visit Gakudo and the Keiryu-ji sangha in the Spanish Pyrenees. The colorful trailer is their provisionary Zendo
The property is located on a large piece of land with breath-taking views, and includes several stone structures.
The one of the left is Gakudo's living quarters; the upstairs is in the process of being remodelled into a zendo.
Shusohossenshiki for Shorin Pasman
Shusohossenshiki group photo with Rev. Yusho Sasaki, the Sokan of the European department of the Soto School in Paris, who came over to take on the position of Jokeshi (official witness)
Receiving the shippei
Shorin's koan of choice was Case 25 of the Hekiganroku, Rengeho's Staff
Teisho by Rev. Yusho Sasaki
Rev. Yusho Sasaki gave a teisho on the evening before shusohossenshiki. 17/02/17
Young Rivers Weekend, February 4/5
This was the crowd!
Wintery Day at Zen River
In the field behind Zen River we have some new friends!
Guests from the Longquan Great Compassion Monastery in Utrecht
Nuns and members from the Longquan Great Compassion Monastery in Utrecht joined our New Years Sesshin for a full day of practice. Welcome!
They were very interested in learning how to use oryoki and attended the formal meals served in the zendo.
During the afternoon one of the senior nuns gave a very nice report of her life and practice. It showed again how much we have in common.
December 13 2016: Seminar at Longquan Great Compassion Monastery, Utrecht
Tenkei Roshi was among the speakers at the first anniversary seminar held at Longquan Great Compassion Monastery in Utrecht
Part of the presentation included the rap performed by Taidō Darville on
'The Profound Pivot of the Contemplation of Mind' (觀心玄樞[一卷], Guanxin Xuanshu) by Yongming Yanshou (永明延壽).
Shiho For Ranka du Hullu
On December 11th, 2016 Ingrid Ranka de Hullu received Shiho (dharma transmission) from Tenkei Roshi.
Daniel Taigen Leighton, who came over from the US to conduct a wonderful seminar on Hongzhi,
served as Kyojushi (official witness). Altogether a very happy event for the whole sangha.
Visit Zen River Lima, Peru
Tenkei Roshi & Tammy, along with Hojosan and Shugetsu, were invited by Jorge Ryusho Sensei and the Zen River Lima group to visit Peru.
It included the Eye-opening Ceremony by Hojo-san of the Manjushri statue in their new zendo and a Jukai Ceremony by Roshi for nine enthusiastic members.
They also had the wonderful opportunity to visit Cusco and Machu Pichhu.
Visiting Lecturer from Japan, Shobun Watanabe Roshi
Rev. Shobun Watanabe, a native of Fukushima, lectured on the theme of mutual understanding and cooperation; he gave a moving account of how the
survivors of the 2011 earthquake in his prefecture, that was followed by a tsunami and the meltdown of a nuclear reactor, worked together to cope with the horrific consequences. .
Watanabe Roshi was accompanied by Rev. Togen Moss (left) from the Paris Soto office, and Rev. Hojun (right) from Poland, as translator
Zuisse for Shugetsu & Ryushin
Congratulations to Ingrid Shugetsu Appels who completed Zuisse at Sojiji on November 19th. Coincidentally, Konrad Ryushin Marchaj from New York
participated in the same ceremony, which was attended by several familiar faces!
Hojosan and Yodo-san from Kirigayaji;Seido Roshi and Eisho-san from Toshoji;
Jinen from the USA; and our good friend Koichi-san and his daughter Yuriko from Keisho-in.
Fall Jukai Ceremony
Klaus Hokan 放閑 (unlocked, open all the time) Fadle received Jukai during the Fall sesshin. Congratulations!
Fall in Full Swing
Interview with Tenkei Roshi
Tenkei Roshi was interviewed by Rev. Xianqing, deputy abbot of the Beijing Longquan Great Compassion Monastery 龍泉大悲寺,
during the festive opening of the Longquan Great Compassion Temple in Utrecht last year. Click here to read it on their website.
Funeral ceremony for Koren Sensei
The funeral ceremony for Koren Sensei was very moving; she obviously had touched the hearts of many people.
Half of her ashes were buried in the Buddha grove behind the Zendo; The other half Gakudo Sensei will bury at Keiryuji in the Pyrenees.
Wedding Ceremony for Kim Jinkei Millenaar & Bart Genko Oosting
Congratulations to Kim Jinkei Millenaar & Bart Genko Oosting, who made their wedding vows during a special wedding ceremony officated by Tenkei Roshi at Zen River. Congratulations! (Photo: 'De Bekroning')
Jukai Ceremony for Reinier Kaido Nummerdor
Congratulations to Reinier Kaido (開道 Open Way) Nummerdor, who received Jukai on September 24, 2016
Visit Shunsei-san and Tomoko-san from Mantokuji
Shunsei-san, who stayed at Zen River two years ago, came to visit wwith his mother Tomoko-san. Their family temple is Mantokuji located in Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Lay Shuso Hossenshiki for Joost Fushin Blom
Congratulations to Joost Fushin Blom, who completed the shusohossenshiki ceremony with flying colours!
In Memoriam Anjo Koren Kasman (1956–2016)
We are very sad to announce that our dearest Anjo Koren Kasman Sensei departed from this world on Monday August 22. Her Dharma name Koren means ‘Shining Lotus’ and we have all seen how she manifested that quality beautifully, even when she had to face a slowly progressing but incurable form of cancer. In fact, just a few weeks ago she said that there was a certain clarity in her mind that she knew would never go. We pray that she may have a swift passage to her next destination.
Many people wrote memorial poems.