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6-12-2017

Lots of Sewing & Ironing After Sesshin

6-12-2017

Rohatsu Sesshin

Busy Rohatsu sesshin with members coming from as far away as Peru!

 

25-11-2017

Two Arrows Zen Telecourse

“Zen and the Sutras: Faith from Within and Without”

with Tenkei Coppens Roshi

A Telecourse hosted by Musho Hamilton Sensei & Two Arrows Zen Sangha, Utah, USA. December 2, 9, & 16. 17:00 hrs C.E.T. (09:00 hrs M.T.) To enroll or for more information, click here to visit the Two Arrows Zen Website.

25-11-2017

Zen River Fall Newsletter & Fundraiser 2017

The Annual Fundraiser & Newsletter Fall 2017 is now available to download.

25-11-2017

Visit to Zen River Lima, Peru

Ryusho Sensei invited Tenkei Roshi to lead a Zazenkai at Zen River Lima group in Peru
And a conference at the P.U.C.P. University in Lima
Tenkei and Tammy joined Ryusho and Busshin on a short trip to visit Paracas National Park, a large nature reserve located along the desert coastline of the Pacific ocean.

04-11-2017

Rohatsu Sesshin November 25 – December 2

A full house for Rohatsu Sesshin

03-11-2017

Removing Old Leaning Tree

Wayne managed to cut down a old tree that was leaning heavily after strong winds.
Lots of hands were on deck to help move the wood to the front.

18-10-2017

Jukai Ceremony

Kina Kyozen 響 全 (Echo Complete) Mooi and Elisabeth Shokan 照観 (Illuminating Insight) Brügmann both received Jukai from Tenkei Roshi at the end of the October sesshin. Congratulations!

16-10-2017

Broken Boiler Replaced

The hot water boiler that served the showers and sinks in the old wing finally gave up after many years of service. A new one will be installed over the next few days by the local heating company.
The shiny new boiler now installed.

11-10-2017

Falling Leaves

10-10-2017

October Sesshin

14-19 October 19:30

Everyone welcome to attend.

 

9-10-2017

Welcome to New Chickens!

After several of our rescue chickens passed away suddenly, two new beauties have joined the ranks. They are local chickens that had a good start in life. In a few weeks more rescues will arrive and these two will no doubt help the new arrivals on the basics of how to be a good chicken!

14-09-2017

Two Arrows Desert Zendo Opening

Tenkei Roshi and Tammy Sensei were invited to join Sensei’s Musho and Mugaku for the opening of their new zendo in Torrey, Utah, US. Genpo Roshi was there too, as were Roshi’s Genno and Genko. The opening was included in an article published in the Salt Lake Tribune
New zendo of Two Arrows Zen in Torrey, Utah

26-08-17

Lay Shusohossenshiki Ceremony for Chikyo Proper

Tenkei Roshi requested Chikyo Proper to be lay-shuso for the summer Ango training period. Rev. Kurodo Roshi (Hojosan) came for the ceremony on the last day. Congratulations!

Hojosan, Chikyo and Tenkei Roshi

22-08-17

One Year Memorial Service for Koren Kasman Sensei

It has been one year that dear Koren Sensei departed this world. Today at Zen River there was a memorial service for her during sesshin.

24-07-17

Jukai Ceremony

Truus Teishin  貞心 (Faithful Mind) van Osch received Jukai from Tenkei Roshi. Congratulations!

22-07-17

Family Week 2017

Segaki Altar for the Segaki Ceremony
Zazen instruction
Segaki Ceremony
Segaki Ceremony was officiated by Tenkei Roshi
In front of the Segaki altar after the ceremony
Vegetable Animals on Segaki Altar
Embellishing T. shirts & bags with Buddhist themes and embroidered patterns led by Ranka Sensei & Shorin

Making the Vegetable Animals for Segaki Ceremony with Shorin
The Singing Project with Chikyo Proper & Jifu Sensei

05-07-17

Getting the Summer Newsletter ready to go!

03-07-17

Opening of the Liuzu Chinese Temple in Göttingen, Germany

Tenkei Roshi was invited to participate in the opening ceremonies of the new Liuzu Temple in  Göttingen, Germany. Doin Sensei joined him for the festive occasion.

29-06-17

Fifty Year Celebration of Z.C.L.A

Tenkei Roshi with  Roshis Tenshin Fletcher, abbot of Zen Mountain Center, Egyoku, abbot of Z.C.L.A., and Senseis Mugaku & Musho, leaders of the Two Arrows Zen Center in S.L.C. They were there to celebrate the fiftieth year of ZCLA since Maezumi Roshi officially opened the Zen Center in 1967, and for the annual White Plum Meeting.

 

Rev. Junyu Kuroda gave a lively Teisho during the festivities.

 

17-06-17

Monastic inter-religious dialogue at St. Willibrords Abbey in Doetinchem

A Zen River delegation was invited to join an inter-religious dialogue with Christian monastics at St. Willibrords Abbey in Doetinchem. Tenkei Roshi was invited to be one of the speakers.
The abbot, Pater Vesseur, and Tenkei Roshi were happy to meet and share their mutual ground on spirituality and practice.
Ranka and Jifu by the meditative stone garden

 

05-06-17

New Rescue Chickens

Six rescue hens became new residents at Zen River and will be cared for by Shorin. They’d spent their first year in the egg-laying industry before being saved by a Chicken Rescue Farm “Red een Legkip” where they’ve been recuperating for the last three months. It will take a while for their plumage to return and figure out how to roost, but their pecking skills for foraging are already impeccable!

29-05-17

Open House

On May 28 we were happy to welcome old friends and new guests to celebrate fifteen (!) years of Zen River in Uithuizen
The service
Coffee & cake were served; coffee & walnut cake, cocoa & orange cake, lavender & rose cake, almond muffins, vanilla drop scones and shortbread.

22-05-17

Visit Rev. Senpo Oshiro from Beunos Aires

Rev Senpo is the director of la Asociación Soto Zen de Argentina Nanzenji in Buenos Aires, and Tenkei Roshi knows him from conferences in Thailand and Japan. They met again at the 50th anniversary celebrations of Soto Zen at La Gendronniere, which made Senpo-san decide to visit Zen River for a few days on his way to Lithuania. He joined the weekend sesshin and gave the next day an inspiring talk about his activities in South America.

Open House, Sunday May 28, 14:00 – 17:00

Memorial Service for Maezumi Roshi

21-05-17

Lone Cloud, Great Mountain

Koun Taizan Daiosho

We so much appreciate your life

Which is the life of each and every one of us

Thank you for coming all the way

To these northern regions

To wake up the deep voices

of Garyusan

Crouching Dragon Mountain

And stretch out the arms of Kanzeon

We vow to carry on your legacy

And keep the River of Zen flowing

Dharma Words offered by Tenkei Roshi during the memorial service for Maezumi Roshi

50th Anniversary of Soto Zen in Europe

14-05-17

On the weekend of May 12, Tenkei Roshi and Myoho Sensei joined the 400+ people who came to celebrate fifty years of Soto Zen in Europe. The seminar included an broad overview of all the past Zen masters who came to Europe to share the Dharma and the present masters and abbots of the various Zen denominations stretching from Ireland to Italy! It was hosted by La Gendronnière. The sokans (bishops) from Europe, Hawaii, South America, and America attended the last day for the commemorative services.

 

May 5th Marks the 5th Year Zendo Opening

Five years ago Zen River officially opened the Zendo in the presence of  Rev. Master Cheng Xin and Rev. Master Ke Xiang, the abbots of Tiantong Temple and Qita Temple in Ningbo, and Rev. Junyu Kuroda.  A time to celebrate!

 

Garden Work Begins After a Quiet Winter

Raking the moss from the lawn

Spring Sesshin April 22-27

Spring is in the air at last. The cherry trees will blossom during sesshin!

New Chicken Coop & Covered Run

The new chicken coop and covered chicken run is ready to welcome a few feathered friends.

Public talk & Zazenkai in Madrid

02-04-17

Public talk in Círculo de Bellas Artes
Zazenkai in Cómo

Visit to Keiryu-ji, Camprodon, Spain

05-03-17

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.

Shushohossenshiki for Shorin Pasman

18-02-17

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)
Shorin receives the shippei for the Dharma Combat

Shorin’s koan of choice was Case 25 of the Hekiganroku, Rengeho’s Staff
Congratulations!

Dharma Talk by  Rev. Yusho Sasaki

17-02-17

Rev. Yusho Sasaki gave a Dharma Talk on the evening before Shusohossenshiki

Young Rivers Weekend, February 4/5

4/5-02-17

This was the crowd!

Wintery Day at Zen River

23-01-17

In the field behind Zen River we have some new friends!

Guests from the Longquan Great Compassion Monastery in Utrecht

30-12-16

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.

 Seminar at Longquan Great Compassion Monastery, Utrecht

13-12-2016

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

11-12-16

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

12-11-16

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

19-11-16

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

19-11-16

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

26-10-16

Klaus Hokan 放閑 (unlocked, open all the time) Fadle received Jukai during the Fall sesshin. Congratulations!

Fall in Full Swing

26-10-16

Fall at Zen River came with vibrant colours and crisp air. Perfect for sesshin.

Interview with Tenkei Roshi

19-10-16

 

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

08-10-16

 

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

01-10-16

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

24-09-16

Congratulations to Reinier Kaido (開道 Open Way) Nummerdor, who received Jukai on September 24, 2016

Visit Shunsei-san and Tomoko-san from Mantokuji

13-09-16

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

27-08-16

Congratulations to Joost Fushin Blom, who completed the shusohossenshiki ceremony with flying colours!

In Memoriam Anjo Koren Kasman (1956–2016)

22-08-16

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.

Guest speaker Rev. Yusho Sasaki

01-08-16

Rev. Yusho Sasaki gave a very interesting lecture on the legend and myth of the Sixth Patriarch.

Family Week

20-07-16

Family Week concluded with a lovely song & dance performance by the children, with the painting exhibition as a backdrop.

 

Third Asian Festival of Buddhist Culture, Thailand

26-07-16

Robert Doin vd Roer was present at the Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He was invited to do a short chant during this Buddhist Culture Festival.

Visit Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams

03-07-16

Thanks to the invitation of Ciska Matthes, Zen River was happy to welcome Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams.
Rev. Angel gave an inspiring talk about her work and writings.

Brush Workshop with Kaz Tanahashi

10-12 2016

Seminar Retreat with Hojo-san, Yamamoto Roshi & Azuma Roshi

22-05-16

Hojosan officiated the eye-opening for the new effigies of Dogen Zenji and Keizan Zenji
Lecture by Azuma Roshi
Teisho by Yamamoto Roshi
Azuma Roshi presented with a small gift of delft blue at the end of his visit

Jukai Ceremony

21-05-16

Marijke Ringu凛宮 (Dignified Palace) van de Meent, Deasy Junrei 純 霊 (Pure Spirit) Sanchez, Michiel Juten 受展 (Receive and Spread) van den Berge, Eelco Shido 志道 (Determination for the Way) Prak, Tilmann Shuken修権 (Mastering Balance) Kraemer, Rombout Kengan 賢 眼 (Wisdom Eye) Schipper, Karel Taiho 泰宝(Peace Treasure) Eringa

Buddha Bathing Festival & Conference at Longquan Great Compassion Monastery, Utrecht

17-05-16

Senko Sensei gave a short presentation of the activities at Zen River Temple
May 17, 2016 – Senko Sensei, Shorin and Shinýu joined the first Buddha Bathing ceremony held at the Chinese Buddhist Temple in Utrecht.

The New Garden Shed

02-05-16

May 2, 2016: Making use the of the dry weather, all hands were on deck to paint the new garden shed

 

Jukai Ceremony and Sakura Spring Sesshin 2016

04-27-16

At the end of Sakura Spring Sesshin, after Jukai ceremony
Congratulations to Kim Jinkei (仁恵 Loving Kindness) Millenaar and Bart Genko (玄光 Black Light) Oosting on receiving Jukai.

Zazenkai Madrid

14-04-16

Thursday Public talk at Como Sur, Madrid – “How To Live A Zen Life”
Saturday Zazenkai with Zen River Madrid Group

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