lived about 2500 years ago in northern India. According to legend he left his home and family as a prince to become a homeless ascetic to find the answers to life and death and to be relieved of suffering. He practiced the strictest asceticism until he nearly died of exhaustion. Finally he concentrated solely on Zazen. Sitting with an upright posture under a bodhi tree his body-mind fell away and he awoke to the true path.
The 28th Patriarch succeeding Shakymuni Buddha brought the „Great Path“ from India to China in the sixth century A.D.. But it was not until after Bodhidharma spent nine years of intensive Zazen practice in the seclusion of Shorinji (Shaolin monastery) that the Dharma began to spread in China.
Dogen Zenji (1200 – 1253)
brought the true Buddha Dharma from China to Japan. Dogen thoroughly revised the Buddhism already existing in Japan and brought it back to its core.
Kodo Sawaki (1880 – 1965)
was one of the most famous Zen Masters of the 20th century. He was a great reformer of Zen. He restored Zens original freshness and simplicity.
Shuju Narita Roshi (1914 – 2004)
was the head of the temple Todenji in northern Japan and co-pupil of Master Deshimaru. He was the first to receive Shiho from Kodo Sawaki, the seal of transmission of the authentic Dharma.
Taisen Deshimaru Roshi
T. Deshimaru lived from 1912 – 1982. He was the pupil of Kodo Sawaki from 1936 – 1982 came to France in 1967 where he begann zu teach the practice of Zen – Zazen. He had many pupils and founded over 100 Dôjôs. Master Deshimaru is considered to be one of the greatest Zen Masters of our time.
Ludger Tenryû Tenbreul
Born in 1956, he was a pupil of Narita Shûyu for many years and from whom he received Shihô, the transmission of the Dharma, in the line of Kôdô Sawaki Roshi. L. Tenryû is president of the Zen association of Germany (ZVD), the head of the Berliner temple Shôgôzan Zenkôji and of the Zen Center Mokushôzan Jakkoji in Schönböken and is also Dendôkyôshi (a Zen teacher acknowledged by the Zen authorities in Japan).
Thomas Kairyû Quitschau
Born in 1956, is the Dharma successor of Master Tenryû. He particularly takes care of the development of our Dôjô. Approximately two times a year Sesshins (intensive periods of practice) take place under his direction in our Dôjô.