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

Fall program 2020

New Zendo

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.

Unfortunately, our weekly program has to be cancelled a few times in September because we’ll be travelling to our sister temple Anshin in Rome to attend Susanne’s jukai ceremony.
– Monday, September 14th
– Wednesday, September 23rd
– Friday, September 25th
– Monday, September 28th

Regular Meetings

NEW LOCATION: from June 2020 on, we will meet at Dr.-Schober-Str. 73, 1130 Vienna.

Public Transport:
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, most of our meetings (except on Monday) can be joined virtually via Zoom.
ZOOM-ID: 515-921-6094

Monday (every week)

Every Monday morning, we sit two periods of zazen (with kinhin inbetween), followed by a service where we chant the heart sutra and daishin dharani.
Please note: this meeting will not be broadcast via Zoom

  • 06:20-07:00 zazen
  • 7:00-07:10 kinhin (possibility to join in)
  • 07:10-07:40 zazen
  • service (heart sutra + daishin dharani, about 20 minutes)

Followed by a shared breakfast

every Monday, 6:20-8:00 (plus breakfast time)

Dr.-Schober-Str. 73, 1130 Wien

Please register beforehand: or 0676/7906230

Wednesday and Friday (every week)

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).

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: or 0676/7906230

Other forms of practice – please check the calendar for specific dates

Schedule Practice Sunday
Schedule Sesshin
Schedule Zazenkai

Okumura Roshi’s approach to zazen

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.

Soto Zen in the USA

The Okumuras family life

Yuko Okumura loves strawberries