Kwan Um School of Zen
The Kwan Um School of Zen Germany is part of the international Kwan Um School of Zen which was founded by Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1972 and has more than 100 Zen Centers and groups worldwide.
The Kwan Um School of Zen Germany was founded in 1990 in Berlin and consists today of five Zen Centers and groups. It represents Korean Zen Buddhism as it has been taught by Zen Master Seung Sahn and his Master Students. We practice Zen in order to experience clarity and compassion in everyday life.
The Kwan Um School of Zen Germany is a registered nonprofit association.
In addition to the online practice, we are currently offering presence practice again. Please note the regulations on site (prior registration, compulsory testing, etc.) on the page of the respective group
Online practice: Access link (via Zoom) Password: Kwanum You can find the sutra booklet here.
(from july 2022) Every 1st and every 3rd Monday of the month: Kongan interviews with JDPSN Arne Schaefer
Every 1st and every 3rd Tuesday of the month: Dharma speech with our Zen-teachers
Every 1st and every 3rd Friday of the month: advisory interviews with our Zen-teachers
Every 2nd and every 4th Friday of the month: Kongan interviews with our Zen-teachers
Monthly introduction into Zen practice: link
We also refer to the english online sangha, and in particular to the live events and our podcast Sit, Breathe, Bow.
We practice the following forms of Zen meditation: sitting, walking, reciting sutras, and bowing. During the kongan interviews we receive teachings from our Masters.
We meditate, sing and work together and so attain step by step clarity and a compassionate mind which is able to help all beings, moment to moment. We practice with special intensity during Zen retreats, called Yong Maeng Jong Jin (Korean for “Sitting like a tiger before jumping”).
We would like to invite you to our meditation practice! You will find a detailed introduction on the pages of the international Kwan Um School of Zen.
If you want to get a Donation Receipt in the beginning of the next year, please use your right Postal Adress, E-Mail Adress and Name.