The Dôjô is officially directed by Thomas Kairyû Quitschau, represented by Frank Kaihô Gerecke and Alex Tôryû Lieder.
With Master Kairyû, a Dharma successor of Master Tenryû, there are regular sesshin (intensive practice periods) and other meetings.
Our Dôjô belongs to the Zen Association of Germany. (www.zen-vereinigung.de).
Master Tenryû was a disciple of Master Deshimaru Rôshi, who brought Zen from Japan to Europe in the sixties. After Master Deshimarus death Master Tenryû received Shiho from Master Shuyû Narita Roshi, which means the confirmation of the transmission of the Dharma.
Our Zen practice is open for everyone, regardless of religion, origin, age, sex, etc. Everyone is very welcome who is willing to engage in our practice – the great path.
If you would like to get to know our practice, we would arrange for an introduction in which we would show you how Zazen is practiced (posture, breathing, mental attitude). After this introduction you immediately sit with the others in the Dôjô. Normally we do two rounds of Zazen. Inbetween we do Kinhin (walking meditation). After this there is a short ceremony. We usually recite the Hannya Shingyo (Heart Sutra). .
After the introduction to the practice you can participate in all the sittings. Either you come as a “guest” and you pay only when you participate (currently 5 Euros per sitting), or you can become a member (30 Euros per month; reduced price: 20 Euros). This money is used exclusively for our practice.