The DAIJIHI Soto Zen Sangha is part of the Sanshin Zen Community by Shohaku Okumura Roshi and his successors
We don’t need some kind of special place for our practice, no beautiful temple, but a space where the dharma can come to live. A space where our original being can unfold. In order to open up this field, we have built a zendo at our house in Dr.-Schober-Str. 73, modeled on our root temple Sanshinji, a house which serves both as a home to the Okumura family and a practice space. In reply to our thanks for his hospitality, Okumura Roshi said: “This is not my house. It is a house of buddha.”
Our new zendo accomodates up to 10 people. The required rules for distancing can be complied with, of course.
NEW LOCATION: from June 2020 on, we will meet at Dr.-Schober-Str. 73, 1130 Vienna.
Bus 56 A to Atzgersdorf, „Glawatschweg“ station
On request, we can come and pick you up at Speising (60, 62, 56a, 56b) or Hietzing (U4), please give us a call: 0676/7906230.
IN ADDITION, our evening meetings on Wednesday and Friday can be joined virtually via Zoom.
If you’d like to join, please send us an e-mail and we will give you the password: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mondays and Thursdays: Morning Practice
Our morning practice on Mondays and Thursdays consists of two periods of zazen, with kinhin (and the possibility to join in) inbetween, followed by sutra chanting (Heart Sutra, Daihi Shin Darani, Enmei Jukko Kannon Gyo).
Please note: These practice meetings will NOT be broadcast via Zoom!
- 6:30 Zazen
- 7:10 Kinhin (possibility to join in)
- 7:20 Zazen
- 7:50 Chanting
Please register beforehand: email@example.com or 0676/7906230.
Wednesdays and Fridays: Evening Practice
We meet every Wednesday and Friday and start our practice with a one-hour Qigong class. After a short break, we sit one 40-minute period, followed by a practice dialogue (on Friday) or discussion about a specific dharma text (on Wednesday). We’re currently reading: Shohaku Okumura: Living By Vow (in German).
These practice meetings will be broadcast via Zoom
every Wednesday & Friday
- 17:30 Qigong class, led by Susanne Halbeisen
- Short break with the possibility to join in
- 19:00 Zazen
- 19:40 Practice dialogue / study group
Dr.-Schober-Str. 73, 1130 Vienna.
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.
Please register beforehand: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0676/7906230
Want to join virtually? Just contact us and we’ll send you the required password via e-mail.
Other forms of practice – please check the calendar for specific dates
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
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