The DAIJIHI Soto Zen Sangha is part of the Sanshin Zen Community by Shohaku Okumura Roshi and his successors

Meetings Cancelled due to Corona Virus

Due to the current situation in Austria, we’ve decided to no longer meet in person for now.

To all of us, what’s happening feels new and unsettling. We will continue sitting Zazen in our homes, to observe what’s happening. Let’s not forget that our mutual connection is always present, even if we’re not facing one another.

If you would like to share your feelings and thoughts with us, contact us via WhatsApp, Skype or phone (we send our contact information upon request via email).

Regular Meetings

Friday (every week)

We meet every Friday and start our practice with a one-hour Qigong class. After a short break, we sit one 40-minute period, followed by a ceremony including a heart sutra recitation in Sino-Japanese.

Afterwards we engage in a practice dialogue on our cushions about a specific topic. Currently, we are discussing:
Grasping and letting go and practices that support our letting go.

every Friday

  • 17:30    Qigong class, led by Susanne Halbeisen
    • Short break with the possibility to join in
  • 19:00    Zazen
  • 19:40    Ceremony including heart sutra recitation
    • Practice dialogue afterwards

Bigger Zendo
Biberstrasse 9/2, meditation center „der mittlere Weg“
1010 Vienna – The closest subway station is “Stubentor”, U3

Our practice is open to anyone, beginners included. If you don’t have any zazen experience yet, we kindly ask you to come a few minutes earlier so we can assist you.

We meet roughly 15 minutes in advance, no special clothing required, it should be comfortable and dark colors are appreciated.

Our practice dialogue also does not require any prior knowledge.

Monday (every week)

Every Monday morning, we sit two periods of zazen (30 Minutes each), with one period of kinhin inbetween. It’s possible to join us during kinhin.
Please register beforehand:

  • 6:30 zazen, 30 minutes
  • 7:00 kinhin (possibility to join)
  • 7:10 zazen
  • shared breakfast

every Monday, 6:30-7:40 (followed by breakfast)

Dr.-Schober-Str. 73, 1130 Wien

Practice Sunday (view our calendar for exact dates)

Next Practice Day: February 22nd, 2020 (a Saturday, for once)

We meet on Sunday in regular intervals to unite the three most important aspects of practice in our lineage: zazen, work and study.
On these days, we sit several zazen periods in a row, cook and have lunch together and engage in a practice dialogue afterwards.

On selected Sundays, 06:30-15:00
Dr.-Schober-Str. 73, 1130 Vienna

Please check out our calendar for further information on other events and activities.

ZEN is an open, interdenominational tradition that welcomes anyone who is interested. You neither have to declare any faith nor convert to anything to practice Zen, no alterations to your personal beliefs or religious affiliations need be made. There is no dogma and there are no fixed beliefs. We only ask you to follow the rules that are in effect during our shared practice.

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The Okumuras family life

Yuko Okumura loves strawberries