Shinko Andreas Hagn
I was ordained as a Zen priest in March 2019 by Hoko Karnegis at Sanshinji.
My Zen practice began in 2009 at Johanneshof, in the Black Forest, in the lineage of Zentatsu Baker Roshi, successor of Shunryu Suzuki. In 2011 I was ordained as a layperson by Rytuen Rosenblum Roshi, a successor of Baker Roshi. During that year, I began to integrate my practice further into my everyday life. I started working as a volunteer prison chaplain for the Austrian Buddhist Religious Society (ÖBR). In 2015 I extended my pastoral work and started caring for formerly homeless people at VinziRast homeless shelter in Vienna.
In December 2017 I met Zen master Kaikyo Roby and changed lineage. Kaikyo-san was a successor of Shohaku Okumura Roshi. She lived and worked as a hospice and hospital chaplain in the vicinity of Miami, Florida, USA. She supported me greatly in the development of my chaplaincy work and was of utter importance for the formation of my personal understanding of Buddhist (contemplative) care, for the benefit of all beings. She passed away in November 2018. Her dharma sister Hoko Karnegis, vice abbit of Sanshinji, took over from her and is now responsible for my training.
Additional to my zenpractice I practice the daoist teaching of Neidan, the teaching of inner alchemy, more you find on my personal homepage
To sustain my livelihood, I work as an independent entrepreneur, together with my wife Sabine.
I was born in 1964 in Upper Austria, am married to Sabine Hagn, we practice together, have two children and live in Vienna.
After my sister’s touching Buddhist wedding ceremony at Dharma Sangha’s Buddhistisches Studienzentrum (Johanneshof) in the Black Forest, Zen kept being in my life and has stayed with me ever since. I like to say that Zen has found me.
I’ve been practicing in the lineage of Zentatsu Baker Roshi, successor of Shunryu Suzuki, since 2009. In 2013 I received lay ordination through Ikyo Engel Roshi, Baker Roshi’s student and vice abbot at Johanneshof, where I visit regularly to sit sesshins and practice monastic life.
My husband, Andreas, has now found a way that better suits him. I consider both perspectives and am able to practice both here and there, because Sangha is everywhere. My heart belongs to Johanneshof.
I work and live in Vienna together with Andreas. We have two grown-up children.
I was ordained as a layperson in 2018 by Helga and Karl Riedl in Hohenau in the Interbeing tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. My Buddhist name is: „Source of Deeply Lived Humaneness”
My Buddhist practice began in 2009 with members of the Triratna sangha in Berlin. I attended my first retreat in 2011 at Tushita Meditation Centre in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, India. It was an intense experience that led me towards putting more effort into my practice. Shortly after the retreat, my living conditions changed considerably and for the next few years I continued practicing without a sangha. In 2015 I moved to Vienna and began practicing Qigong and various kinds of meditation techniques. Initiated by the arrival of many refugees in Austria during that time, I began to engage in voluntary work. I joined the local Interbeing sangha in 2017 and received the Five Mindfulness Trainings (lay precepts) in 2018.
That same year, I started working as a volunteer Buddhist prison chaplain and crossed paths with Shinko Andreas Hagn, who became my mentor. He introduced me to Sanshin Zen Community. I have been a founding member of Daijihi sangha and am currently putting my practice emphasis on this tradition.
I teach Qigong, German as a Foreign Language and English to adults, and occasionally write fantasy romance novels for young adults.
I was born in 1986 in Altstätten (CH) and live in Vienna together with my significant other, Martin Lampert.