Zen Boat, Groningen

The Zen Boat is one of the outreach activities of Zen River Temple. Simon Senko de Boer, Helma Jifu Vulink, Robert Doin van de Roer, and Ingrid Ranka de Hullu – dharma successors of Tenkei Roshi – provide year-round weekly meditation and study classes that also run through the summer months. Situated on a houseboat, the zendo (meditation room) is within walking distance of Groningen train station. Classes are held in an informal setting, and the program is based on Four Elements of Training: 1) Zazen, a form of sitting meditation that is geared towards opening the mind and clarifying one’s function in life. 2) Zen Ritual, active forms of group meditation designed to connect more effectively with others. 3) Study, research of Buddhist scriptures throughout the ages that can be used as manuals for Zen practice. 4) Bodhisattva Activity, training in living a life of wisdom and compassion based on well-tested Buddhist guidelines. For more detailed information on the Four Elements, please click here.

The Zen Boat is open to anyone interested in Zen practice. Full instruction is given to all newcomers. Questions related to practice can be asked within the group, or individually by appointment with one of the teachers.


  • Tuesday, 17:30-18:30  introduction zazen with guided meditation.
  • Tuesday, 19:30-21:00  zazen with Q&A or a theme.
  • Wednesday morning, 7:00-8:00  zazen.
  • Thursday, 19:30-21:00  zazen and study class.
  • Sunday morning, 9:30-10:30  zazen.

Introduction: Please call or email to make an appointment for a first meeting before the introductory class.

Contribution: Membership is based on a monthly basis and includes all classes and private interviews upon request. Per month: €25 / single evening: €7,50 / Sunday & Wednesday: free / introductory classes (4x): €25 / one-time introduction: €10

Language: Classes are given in English and Dutch.

Location: Houseboat ” De Grote Gele Kwik”
Winschoterdiep 1027

Contact: Tel.nr.: 050-7503343, email: zenriver@zenrivertemple.org