Our dôjô (the place we practice) is located in the former old commercial school in Kleinzschocher, which has been housing artistic quarters since 2011.
The dôjô is led by Günter Kandó Ohlig who has been an ordinate pupil of Zen Master L. Tenryu Tenbreul since 1992. That makes our dôjô part of the Zen Association of Germany e.V. (www.zen-vereinigung.de). Master Tenryû was a pupil of Master Deshimaru Rôshi and after the death of Master Deshimaru he recieved Shiho from Master Shuyû Narita Roshi. Shiho is the confirmation of the transmission of the Dharma.
Master Kairyû, Dharma successor of Meister Tenryû, visits and supports the dôjô regularly by leading our Sesshins (intensive periods of practice) and other meetings.
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.