Kanzeon Sangha Germany e.V.


The History

Already since 1987 there were different Zen groups in several cities in Germany under the name “Kanzeon Zen Circle”. The spiritual leadership of these groups and the Kanzeon Zen Circle was provided by Zen Master Dennis Genpo Merzel Roshi.
Genpo Roshi had been invited by his student Dr. Linda Myoki Lehrhaupt, Sensei, to teach in Germany. Each fall and spring, sesshins were held at Linda’s center in Bedburg-Erft.
In 1996 the association Kanzeon Sangha Deutschland e.V. was founded to intensify and promote the Zen teachings in the tradition of Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi Roshi and Genpo Merzel Roshi and their successors. Since then, the association has been the “umbrella” for all our activities and the sponsor of the Zen Center Düsseldorf.


The present

As of March 2019, Christian Jikishin of Wolkahof, Sensei, lineage holder and successor to Genpo Roshi, has taken over the spiritual care of Kanzeon Sangha. Furthermore, the association is constantly supported in its practice through close contact with Anton Tenkei Coppens Roshi, abbot of the Zen River Temple in the Netherlands. In addition to weekly meditation evenings, Zen days (zazenkais) are currently held twice a year with Tenkei Coppens Roshi and his successor Hans Daishin Fischer Sensei in Düsseldorf.
The exchange and invitations of teachers from other communities, which has existed for decades, is also maintained – but very limited by the Corona crisis in 2020.
Kanzeon Sangha Deutschland e.V. is a member of the German Buddhist Union (DBU) and maintains contact and exchange with other groups with similar orientation also on an international level.

What we offer

You will find with us:

  • weekly meditation evenings at the Zen Center Düsseldorf,
  • Zen Days (Zazenkais),
  • Exchange and practice,
  • Introductions to Zen meditation(on request),
  • Introductory courses (at irregular intervals),
  • Contact Zen Teachers
  • and social get-togethers, excursions as well as joint monastery stays, mostly in the “Zenriver Temple“.
Kanzeon celebrates and barbecues

Association membership

Statutes and application for membership

You like our events and you want to support Kanzeon Sangha Deutschland e.V. in its goals? Then in great brevity, here is a summary:

The purpose of the association is the study and religious practice of Zen Buddhism in theory and practice. Kanzeon Sangha Deutschland e.V. is recognized as a non-profit association, membership fees and donations are deductible from income tax.
The membership fee is 15 euros per month.
At the moment, the application for membership is possible only in writing and by mail.

The full bylaws and associated membership application can be found here:

To the statute >
To the membership application>

Please contact us via the contact form if you have any questions.



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