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


Public talk in Círculo de Bellas Artes
Zazenkai in Cómo

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.

Shushohossenshiki 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)
Shorin receives the shippei for the Dharma Combat

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

Dharma Talk by  Rev. Yusho Sasaki


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

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.

 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


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

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.

Guest speaker Rev. Yusho Sasaki


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

Family Week


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Classes in Groningen

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