The main monastery was build 300 years ago and Zen practice has been taken place there ever since. Great Zen masters came forth from this Zendo, and Shodo Harada Roshi is the 36 abbot of the monastery. He is giving life to the vision of his teacher Yamada Mumon Roshi by mainly teaching foreign students as well as teaching abroad. His translater is Daichi Zenni, who also cares for the sangha in the zendokan position.
Hokuozan Sogenji, the monastery in Europe, situated in Germany
The European monastery was established in 2010 and thanks to the vision of Harada Roshi and the good energy and hard work of the sangha, this old farm was transformed into a well organized and smoothly running zen monastery, which can host up to 120 people. Shodo Harada hast installed Yamada Mumon Roshi as the Kaisansan, the teacher opening the mountain, while he himself is the present abbot and Taikan ShoE is the vice abbess with Basti Koji as the caretaker.
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