Summer Monthlong Sesshin


The Month-long sesshin is in full swing. The Hossenshiki for Shuho-san will be on Saturday August 25.

Film project Shumucho


Rev. Taibun Terumoto from the Shumucho office in Paris and film-maker Stanislas Wang-Genh joined us for two days during the Month-long. They are working on a movie about European Soto temples and came over to film sesshin at Zen River. The movie will be posted on the Shumucho website beginning next year. We look forward to seeing it!

Guest Speaker Han de Wit

06/08 2018

Zen River was happy to welcome Han de Wit as a guest teacher during the second week of the Month-long. He gave an inspiring talk about the Shambhala tradition, and explained how Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche incorporated Japanese Zen elements into his training programme, due to his connection with masters like Maezumi Roshi. Apparently it was Genpo Roshi who, at the time, introduced Shambhala members to the practice of Oryoki!

Gate Foundation


Zen’etsu started on the construction of the new gate at the head of the driveway. He found a local company to come and literally screw in some foundation pegs! Those screws are a meter and a half long each. Next step is to pour the concrete.

Young Rivers Seminar


The paintings
Outdoor Zazen at Noordpolderzijl
Morning service
Sutra Reading class with Doin Sensei
Outdoor painting in nature

Roof Repairs


The siding of the roof was damaged by wet weather and needs to be replaced. Gert and Wayne are busy with it while the seminar continues

Thistle River

Spring 2005 – July 2, 2018


Thistle, the temple cat who lived in the Inryo with Tammy and Tenkei sadly passed away to the other shore after a brief illness. She was dearly loved and will be sorely missed.

Genpo Roshi Visit


Genpo Roshi and his partner Charlotte were travelling in Europe and came to visit Zen River for two days
Genpo Roshi gave a moving talk and brought up many stories of the good old days with Tenkei and Tammy. He concluded with conferring Inka (final seal of approval) to Tammy, and gave her a new Dharma name Tenshin 天頂 (zenith)
Reciting his Inka poem: Subtle Dharma / Surrendered / Zenith  / Empowered
After the talk, Genpo Roshi and Charlotte visited the Zen Boat in Groningen
And joined us in the city for a celebratory drink

Spring/Summer Newsletter


The spring/summer newsletter is now available to read online.

Open House

Sunday June 17


The open house on Sunday afternoon was a great success and enjoyed by everyone. Around fifty people attended from the local area and beyond.
Tenkei Roshi officiated a service during the course of the afternoon so that people could experience what happens in the Hatto. Gyosei and Julie sat zazen in the zendo all afternoon and several visitors felt compelled to join and sit too!

United Nations Day of Vesak Celebration May 25-27


Tenkei Roshi was invited to the UN Vesak Celebrations 2018 in Bangkok. It was a great opportunity to meet many prominent Buddhists from all over the the world.

Cultural Performance

Zen Boat Inauguration


On Sunday May 13 Tenkei Roshi officiated the inauguration of the Zen Boat in Groningen as a branch temple of Zen River. Senseis Senko and Jifu live there as resident teachers, while Doin and Ranka also conduct classes regularly.
Congratulations to all!

Jukai Ceremony, May 6


Tenkei Roshi gave Jukai to five recipients this weekend. Congratulations!
Marleen Monshin 聞心 (Listen Heart) Laroy, Matthijs 純 道 (Pure Way) Noordzij, Jasna Zuisho 瑞祥 (Good Omen) Terihaj, Tenkei Roshi, Leo Kyokai 巨 海 (Great Ocean) van Nieuwenhuijzen, and Margriet Seisen 清 川 (Clear River) Broekroelofs
Many family and friends attended the ceremony

Bell Repair


Shinyu’san and Taikan-san made it the roof (with a safety harness!) to detach the faulty electrical mechanism that hits the bell. It  had stopped working over the winter period. The broken part has been sent to the bell company for repair and should be back soon!

Tenkei Roshi in Madrid


Tenkei Roshi was invited by Zen River Madrid to lead a public talk and zazenkai. He was also asked to show some of his earlier art works which were sold to raise funds for the new gate at the head of the driveway.
Public Talk
Tenkei Roshi at the Art Show with two of his paintings
The Spanish sangha also invited Shuho-san to accompany Tenkei Roshi and visit the soccer stadiums – a dream come true!

Drain Pipe Dilemma


A block in one of the drains forced Daishin and Zenet’su to dig up the pipe that ran under the Stone Garden.
Unbeknownst to anyone there was a large drainage hole found to be damaged by tree roots and full of mud and leaves!

Practice Weekend at Zen River


Zen River was happy to welcome Wanda Sluyter and members from Zen Centrum Eindhoven for a practice weekend. The two days included a guided meditation, zazen, services, dokusan, study class, samu, and formal oryoki meals. While they were here they filmed some impressions with a short video clip

Kitchen Prep


Kitchen prep for 5 spice lentil dhal with apple chutney.

Guest speaker Pablo d’Ors from Madrid


Pablo d’Ors is a Catholic priest from Madrid who includes zen meditation in his spiritual practice. He came to join our program with some of his Spanish students. Pablo has written a highly acclaimed book entitled “Biografia del Silencio”. During their stay he treated us to a very interesting talk.

Shukke Tokudo Ceremony for Tessa Gyosei Overbeek


Last Saturday Tenkei Roshi gave Shukke Tokudo (monastic ordination) to Tessa Gyosei Overbeek, who has been a resident at Zen River for several years now. Congratulations!

Thursday May 17 – Tuesday May 22, 2018

5 Day Sesshin

With special guests Rev. Junyu Kuroda and Yamamoto Roshi


Zen River is happy to welcome Rev. Junyu Kuroda and Yamamoto Roshi for the May Spring sesshin.  Yamamoto Roshi is the last surviving successor of Koryu Roshi, one of Maezumi Roshi’s teachers. Both will be giving dharma talks during this extended weekend retreat. Yamamoto Roshi will also give talks at Zencentrum Amsterdam and in Utrecht. If you would like to attend this sesshin please contact the office for more information.

Zen Boat Groningen


Monthly City Sesshins on the Zen Boat in Groningen began this year. They will be led alternately by Senseis Jifu and Senko.

Shusohossenshiki for Timo Myogaku Bieber


Group photo after shusohossenshiki: Myogakus teacher, Rev. Jacob Myozen Gimiotti (front left), a successor of Nishiyama Roshi, came from Heidelberg to attend the ceremony. Rev. Yusho Sasaki, the Sokan of the European department of the Soto School in Paris was the Jokeshi for the ceremony

Lecture  on Yogacara by Rev. Yusho Sasaki


Yusho Sasaki Roshi gave a very interesting lecture on Yogacara on the night before Shusoshossenshiki. Here she demonstrates our differing perspectives on how the world looks like!

Saturday February 24 11:00 AM

Shusohossenshiki for Timo Myogaku Bieber


Myogaku is the first Shuso in our Zen River Ango history who is from a lineage other than the White Plum. His teacher, Rev. Jakob Myosen Cimiotti, is a successor of Nishiyama Roshi, and will come over from Heidelberg to support him. Rev. Yusho Sasaki, the Sokan of the European department of the Soto School in Paris will take on the position of Jokeshi (official witness). She has also agreed to give a lecture on the evening before the ceremony.

Friday February 23 8:00 PM

Lecture by Rev. Yusho Sasaki


We are happy to welcome Rev. Yusho Sasaki, the Sokan of the European department of the Soto School in Paris, as the  Jokeshi (official witness) for the upcoming shusohossenshiki ceremony for Myogaku Bieber.  She will be giving a lecture on Friday evening on Yogacara that everyone is welcome to attend.


Young Rivers Weekend

Feb 3–4, 2018

Young Rivers weekend 2018


Garden Works

On account of the mud and wet weather, a new path to the garden shed and drain for the chicken run is being dug out


Driveway Rescue Plan Takes Shape

The annual fundraiser is still going strong. The gardener John Kasteel (centre) and his crew work on planting the new Cornus kousa trees, hedges, bushes and hundreds of plants. Everyone is looking forward to seeing it in the spring!


Driveway Rescue Plan

The roots are removed and new topsoil goes down.


Window Replacement Phase 3

After some logistical delays, the old drafty Inryo windows on the west and south side are finally being replaced by double glazing. As the building has been extended and modified several times since it was built in the thirties, all the windows are slightly different. So it is quite a challenging job for Klaas de Boer’s construction team.
The windows are almost finished on the outside. They will be painted when the weather is warmer.
The inside window frames will be completed by the Zen River maintenance team. Rice paper will be the temporary curtain!


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!

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