Zuise Ceremony for Doin & Ranka

After Ranka had completed three months senmon sodo training at Toshoji, she met with Doin-san and they both went to Sojiji and Eiheiji to do Zuise. Hojo-san, Koichi-san, and Yodo-san came to support them. Congratulations!
Sojiji morning service
After Zuise at Eiheiji


Annual Fundraiser for the Driveway Rescue Plan

Wayne removed all the trees and the driveway is clear for  John Kasteel, a professional gardener who lives just down the street and who will undertake the project.
How it may look like in the spring. Besides blossoming dogwood trees and hedges and there will be lots of flowers, plants and evergreens.


Lots of Sewing & Ironing After Sesshin


Rohatsu Sesshin

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


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.


Zen River Fall Newsletter & Fundraiser 2017

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


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.


Rohatsu Sesshin November 25 – December 2

A full house for Rohatsu Sesshin


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.


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!


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.


Falling Leaves


October Sesshin

14-19 October 19:30

Everyone welcome to attend.


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!


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


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


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.


Jukai Ceremony

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


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


Getting the Summer Newsletter ready to go!


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.


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.


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


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!


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.


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


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


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


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!

2017 Archived Events

January 20 – 22, 2017 Weekend Sesshin
February 4 Intro Zazenkai
February 5 & 6 Madrid, Sangha Gathering with Myoho Sensei
February 11–18 Ango Closing Sesshin
February 18 Shuso Hossenshiki
February 23-March 3 No scheduled activities
Spring 2017
March 4 Hengelo, “Zen in Twente”
March 12 Düsseldorf, Zazenkaii
March 17–19 Weekend Sesshin
April 1–2 Nijmegen, Weekend Sesshin ‘Zengroep Oshida’
April 15 Hengelo, “Zen in Twente” led by Senko Sensei
April 15 Madrid Zazenkai led by Tenkei Roshi
April 29 – May 4 Sakura Spring Sesshin
Summer 2017
May 19–21 May Weekend Sesshin with Yamamoto Roshi
May 27 Hengelo, “Zen in Twente”
June 3 Intro Zazenkai
June 15 Teisho Den Haag
June 23–25 Weekend Sesshin
June 24 Hengelo, “Zen in Twente”
July 15–20 Family Week
July 29–August 27 Summer Month Long Sesshin
July 29–August 3 Part One
August 5–10 Part Two
August 12–17 Part Three
August 19–26 Part Four
August 26 Shuso hossenshiki
August 31 September 8 No Scheduled Activites
Fall 2017
September 9 Hengelo, “Zen in Twente” led by Jifu Sensei
September 16 Zazenkai
September 22–24 Weekend Sesshin
September 30 – Oct. 1 Nijmegen, Weekend Sesshin ‘Zengroep Oshida’ led by Jifu Sensei
October 3 Düsseldorf, Zazenkai led by Daishin Sensei
October 14–19 Fall Jukai Sesshin
November 16 Teisho Den Haag
Winter 2017-2018
NOV. 18 – FEB. 17, 2018 WINTER ANGO
November 18 – 25 Rohatsu Sesshin
December 27- January 1 2018 New Year Sesshin
January 19 – 21 Weekend Sesshin