Kwan Um School of Zen
In the great work of life and death, time will not wait for you.
If you die tomorrow, what kind of body will you get?
Is not all of this of great importance?
Hurry up! Hurry!
Blue sky and green sea
Are the Buddha’s original face.
The sound of the waterfall and the bird’s song
Are the great sutras.
Where are you going?
Watch your step.
Water flows down to the sea.
Clouds float up to the heavens.
Zen Master Seung Sahn
The Berlin Zen Center (Chong Hye Sah) was founded in 1990. It is the head of the Kwan Um School of Zen in Germany and since 2008 head temple of the European Kwan Um School of Zen.
GUIDING TEACHER: Zen Master Gu Ja
Join our practice online via Zoom on demand: please write us at least 1 day before to firstname.lastname@example.org
We will meet once a month. In German and English. Next meeting:
What is it about?
We would like to give you the chance to share your experience, questions, doubts, recommendation and anything you would like to share about your meditation practice, other spiritual experience, Buddhism, our Sangha e.g.
Our first meeting will take place on 17 March 2023 following our evening practice at 9:30 p.m. in Zen Center Berlin. We are looking forward to welcoming you 🙂
You would like to live in our Zen Center for a while and dedicate yourself to an intense daily Zen practice? We practice Zen together every morning and on Tuesdays and Fridays in the evening as well. Apart from that you can follow your daily routine of studying at university, working in your normal job etc.
The Berlin Zen Center can host up to 5 resident Zen Students. The residents commit to joining morning practice (5.30am – 7.15am, Monday till Friday) and evening practice twice a week (Tuesday and Friday). They also participate in weekend retreats.
The Center is located directly in the city with good transport connection and many shopping facilities. The residents clean the Zen Center regularly.
The guiding teacher of the Berlin Zen Center, Zen Master Gu Ja, does not live in the Zen Center but attends evening practice regularly. Kongan teaching with Zen Master Gu Ja or another teacher takes place every alternate Wednesday and Friday.
For more information, please contact us:
030 – 46 60 50 90
Or just come along for an introduction to Zen meditation and evening practice in order to get to know us, our style of meditation and the Zen Center – see meditation time schedule above.
Take line 9 to station “Nauener Platz”.
Take the exit “Gottschedstraße” and follow the Reinickendorfer Straße for about 200m; on the left you will find Gottschedstraße.
Gottschedstraße 4 is a former factory site (firm Rotaprint).
Crossing the yard, you will find a high white cross building on the right hand side. The entrance to the Zen Center is at the back of this building.
Coming from the city motorway A 100, take the exit Seestrasse and go straight until the crossing with the main road Reinickendorfer Strasse. Turn right and follow Reinickendorfer Strasse until you cross Schulstrasse. The next road on the left is Gottschedstrasse.
Coming from the city center: cross Brunnenstrasse/Badstrasse. After passing Pankstrasse take the next fork left into Exerzierstrasse. The next one on the left side is Gottschedstrasse.
A limited number of parking places are available.
Address: Zen Center Berlin, Gottschedstraße 4, Aufgang 5, 13357 Berlin, Deutschland
Phone: (030) 46 60 50 90
In our Newsletter we regularly announce events of the Kwan Um School of Zen Germany via email (in German).
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You will find information, photos etc. of the Kwan Um Zen School and the Berlin Zen Center on our Facebook Page.