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

Our 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.

Regular Meetings

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).

  • 6:30 Zazen
  • 7:10 Kinhin (possibility to join in)
  • 7:20 Zazen
  • 7:50 Chanting

Please register beforehand: 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).


  • 17:30-18:15 Qigong
  • 18:30-19:10 Zazen


Please register beforehand: or 0676/7906230.

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.

Participation via Zoom can be arranged, just drop us a line:

Good to know:

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.

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