During this period of “Intelligent Lockdown” in force in The Netherlands, please feel welcome to participate in our Daily Practice on YouTube. The May Sesshin will also be live-streamed over the internet, and everyone is welcome to register and join from their homes.
In the meantime, please take good care of yourself and your loved ones.
Wintry Night at Zen River
The Book has Arrived!
Timeless Calling, Timely Response
by Tenkei Roshi
Newsletter & Fundraiser 2020-21
The work will replace four or five of the windows and their frames, including replacing the wooden lintels with cement ones.
You can donate via Facebook or bank transfer
Account name: ‘Zen River’
Rohatsu Sesshin Nov 21–28
In a few weeks, Rohatsu Sesshin will begin. As usual, there are limited places due to COVID secure guidelines, so please register early, or consider attending one of the Gyōji Weeks that take place in-between sesshins. Welcome!
September Weekend Sesshin
A New Season of Practice at Zen River
Daishin Sensei does an Electrical Clean-Up!
Monthly O-Membership Community Program
Sesshin oryoki during Covid19
Practising for the Shusohossenshiki Ceremony
Stone Garden Rejuvenation
Morning Service Outdoors
On the last day of the first sesshin the sun came out during morning service.
Summer Monthlong Week 1
Shuso Entering Ceremony
Summer Monthlong O-sesshin
The Summer Month-long O-sesshin is the annual silent retreat where members gather from the extended Zen River community. This year, due to current circumstances, we also welcome sesshin participants to join online with the Zen River virtual community.
We are also happy to announce that the Shuso (head monk) will be Peter Shoryu de Rooden during the Summer Ango. Shoryu and his wife Hogetsu were residents at Zen River for several years before moving to Eindhoven. The Shuso-hossen ceremony for Shoryu will be held on August 9th at 11:30 AM, where he will join dharma combat with all the dragons and elephants in the dharma O-hall. The ceremony will be livestreamed for online sesshin participants who can participate in the the Dharma Combat.
We always look forward to this month and look forward to seeing you!
Young Minds Art Project
Young Minds Seminar
The Voice of Raindrops
A fifteen minute meditation.
This was a beautiful evening as the rain moved in and gently departed.
Zen River online daily practice.
Please feel free to subcribe to the Zen River channel to join us in daily zazen and services.
Young Minds Summer O-Seminar
The Young Minds Summer O-seminar will be held both as an online event for as many young people who would like to join, and in-person for a limited number of five lucky participants! The seminar will take place at Zen River and on Zoom and a dedicated YouTube live stream. The program will be an interesting mix of zazen meditation and services, study classes with discussion, Dharma talks, and an art project with a Buddhist theme taught by Tenkei Roshi.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Robert at firstname.lastname@example.org
Outdoor Zazen on the Boterdiep
The Heart Sutra
Be Together Sutra Gathering – Heart Sutra.
A video project by The Soto School
“Hello, Dharma Friends Now a days, we are having difficult time due to COVID-19. A number of restrictions such as self-restraint and working from home continue. In such a struggle time, let’s chant a sutra with us at home. In this project, Soto Zen priests from all over the world pray for the well-being and health of all of you, and chant Hannyashingyo sutra remotely for you. In the future, we will add videos of the sutras received from all over the world and post it multiple times. The next post is scheduled for June 13th, Japan time. Anytime, Anyplace, We are Connected. Heart of Great Perfect Wisdom Sutra The “Heart of Great Perfect Wisdom Sutra,” it was said that a summary of the 600-volume “Prajna Paramita Sutra” (“The Sutra of Great Perfect Wisdom”), expounds the essence of the Mahayana Buddhist teaching. It expounds the idea of “emptiness.” This is the teaching that all phenomena do not have some permanent substance. It teaches that through deep wisdom we can be freed of all worries and suffering by giving up our attachments. It is a sutra that is chanted by various school of Buddhism. In Soto Zen, we chant this sutra every morning at temple and Zen center.
Special Thanks from, Rev. Gengo Akiba Director of Soto Zen Buddhism North America -Hawaii Rev. Shuji Komagata from Soto Mission of Aiea, Taiheiji, Aiea Rev. Shinsho Hata from Taishoji Soto Mission, Hilo -North America Rev. Ejo McMullen from Buddha Eye Temple, Oregon Rev. Koun Franz from Zen Nova Scosia from Nova Scotia Rev. Ryoko Miyazaki from Zenshuji Soto Mission, California Rev. Gyokei Yokoyama from Long Beach Buddhist Church, Long Beach, California -South America Rev. Ryoju Tahara from Comunidade Budista Soto Zenshu da América do Sul Templo Busshinji, Brazil Rev. Coen Souza from Comunidade Zen Budista Zendo, Brazil Rev. Mokugen Sobrinho from Templo Zen das Alterosas Kogakuzenji, Brazil Rev. Densho Quintero from Comunidad Soto Zen de Colombia Templo Daishinji,Colombia Rev. Joho Simazaki from Templo buddista Takuonji, Paraguay -Europe Rev. Myoho Gabrysch from Zen River, Zensenji, Netherlands Rev. Tenkei Coppens from Zen River, Zensenji, Netherlands Rev. Hojun Szpunar from Zengakuan, Poland”
Evening Falls during the Falling Flower Sessshin
New Monthy Membership
E-Sesshin April 25-30
Spring begins at Zen River
Buddhas Birthday Ceremony
To watch the service online, please visit the Zen River channel dedicated to daily practice on YouTube
Live-Stream Zazen and Services
After some technical wizardry, Zen River is now sharing daily zazen and services online. Already, quite a few people joined us from their homes and expressed how much they appreciated the opportunity to connect. Of course, we are still in the process of finding out how this works. To join in please visit the playlist of past and upcoming events that are open to everyone
E-Sesshin March 28-30
We decided to follow the same format for the April 25-30 sesshin. If you would like to attend, just contact the office to register, and the link will be sent to you just before sesshin starts. Contribution is €108.
Live Stream Zazen and Services
Weekend Sesshin March 27-29
As the coronavirus is spreading rapidly and globally, we would like to express our deep empathy to all those who are affected by it one way or another. We are clearly all in this together. Besides anxiety and sadness, love and compassion seem to arise naturally and it is heartening to see how many people are willing to help out those in need. And although in many cases we are physically separated, our minds seem to be more connected than usual. After an intense and inspiring Ango, we entered our spring interim period. This means that the training programme is a little less intense and allows us to focus more on urgent maintenance jobs. Yet, while the daily practice continues with the steady crew of residents, upcoming events have become uncertain due to the pandemic. For this reason, we will start live-streaming services and zazen online so that you can participate in our practice while staying at home. Please contact the office if you would like to join.
Damp-proofing the New Wing
Shuso Hossenshiki Ceremony
Zen River Cookbook on
Young Minds Weekend
Zen River Madrid Visit
Visit Rev. Fujo Asai
New Years Sesshin & Jukai Ceremony
Tenkei Roshi gave Jukai for Christiane Shokei 祥 形 (Auspicious Appearance) Franz, from Germany, and Karina Shigen 至 源 (Attending to the Source) Vanhoucke, from Belgium, on New Year’s Eve. Congratulations!
The Young Minds of Zen River got to together to sing a song at the New Year’s Eve party!
Tutti Cantano Sings at Zen River
Rohatsu Sesshin 2019
Visit to Zen River Lima Group
Rakusu Sewing Sesshin
Newsletter Winter 2019-20
Jukai Ceremony for Koto Ishiwa
Tenkei Roshi surveying the damage
Drain & Tree Crew
Calligraphy Workshop with Kaz Tanahashi
Eva translating for Tenkei Roshi
At the location of the new zendo in El Escorial, Madrid. Marisa Emyo Gonzalez will begin giving classes there and at Zen River Madrid. Emyo received Hoshi from Tenkei Roshi during the Summer Ango. Paul Taian Davies and Eva Borreguero, who live in El Escorial, will organize activities.
Vist of Inter-religious Christian Monastics
Gate Opening Ceremony and Purification
Zen Brush Workshop with Kaz Tanahashi
The Summer Month Long 2019
Zazen and Samu work period
Summer Month Long 2019
A Major Repair for the Summer Month Long!
Young Minds Seminar
Calligraphy and Graffiti painting
Sutra Reading Class with Doin Sensei
Summer Ango July 13 – August 24
Month Long Sesshin July 27 – August 24
The upcoming Summer Ango training period will officially start on Saturday July 13, with the Shuso entering ceremony for head-monk Andreas Soshin Wisniewski at 4:30 pm. Soshin met Tenkei Roshi in England in
1996 during sesshin. Genpo Roshi became his main teacher and gave
him monastic ordination in 2005. However, he often attends sesshin at
Zen River, and has, together with his three sons participated in the annual Family Week since 2003. We wish Soshin all the best, and already look forward to his Hossenshiki on August 4th at 11: 00 AM. Everybody is welcome to attend, so feel free to invite family and friends!
Plus, everyone is looking forward to the Summer Month-Long sesshin that begins Saturday July 27 at noon. A great time for the whole sangha to come together to practice as an extended family. As always, the Month-Long includes three 5-day and one 7-day sesshins with some free time in between. Registration is open for the whole month, or for those wishing to join for one, two, or three weeks. Contact the office for more information and to register.
Maitreya Institute, Loenen
Garden & Maintenance
Visit of Rev. Yuko Wakayama
& Yamada Roshi
First Jukai Ceremony at the Zen Boat
Opening Ceremonies at Keiryuji
Visit Junyu Kuroda Roshi & Yamamoto Roshi
Shukke Tokudo Ceremony
THE 16TH UNITED NATIONS DAY OF VESAK CELEBRATIONS 2019
Shukke Tokudo Ceremony
Young Rivers Article
Happy Buddha’s Birthday!
Visit to Madrid
Lecture by Yusho Sasaki Roshi
for Gyosei Overbeek
Rev. Yusho Sasaski, the European Sokan, attended and witnessed the ceremony as Jokeshi.
Young Minds Weekend Retreat
Zen River Temple Gate
The gate is almost finished. Just a few steps left.
Young Minds Zen Weekend
A monastic experience for anyone age 15-30
February 2-3, 2019
Happy New Year!
Strijdlustig en Vredelievend
Tutti Cantano Chamber Choir at Zen River
Zen River Annual Fundraising Appeal, 2018
Fall / Winter 2018 Newsletter
Gate Taking Shape
Zen River Lima
Bernie Tetsugen Glassman, Roshi
January 18, 1939 – November 4, 2018
Autumn Morning at Zen River
Scaffolding Going Up
Gate Foundation Complete
At Fudenji, Italy
Visit Rev. Koichi Isoda
Memorial Service for Koren Sensei
Garden Shed Repairs
Summer Monthlong Sesshin
Film project Shumucho
Guest Speaker Han de Wit
Young Rivers Seminar
Spring 2005 – July 2, 2018
Genpo Roshi Visit
Sunday June 17
United Nations Day of Vesak Celebration May 25-27
Zen Boat Inauguration
Jukai Ceremony, May 6
Tenkei Roshi in Madrid
Drain Pipe Dilemma
Practice Weekend at Zen River
Guest speaker Pablo d’Ors from Madrid
Shukke Tokudo Ceremony for Tessa Gyosei Overbeek
Thursday May 17 – Tuesday May 22, 2018
5 Day Sesshin
With special guests Rev. Junyu Kuroda and Yamamoto Roshi
Zen Boat Groningen