The Zen Center Schönböken Mokushôzan Jakkôji is the main venue of the German Zen Association. At this location Zen-sesshins (intensive training periods of Zen practise) take place under the guidance of Zen master L. Tenryû Tenbreul and his close disciples. In addition, the Zen center is open for people interested in practicing Zazen on a regular basis or participating in other Zen activities.
The Zen center is located in an old and formerly aristocratic manor which is more than one hundred and fifty years old. This facility consists of a neo-gothic mansion and a brick-lined gate lodge with a bell tower. The entire premises has a floor space of nearly five hectare (a huge park formerly designed as an English garden with ponds, bridges and many old trees).
In 1805 the manor Schönböken was founded by a wealthy townsman from Hamburg. During its history of nearly 200 years the manor met with a lot of changes. In 1989 its fate changed again and it became the home of the authentically transmitted practice of Zen.
The location (near Neumünster/Plön in Schleswig-Holstein), marginal to the small village Schönböken near the lake district "Schleswig-Holsteinische Seenplatte" is very charming and quiet – an ideal place for Zen-practice.
In Schönböken, mainly Zen sesshins are held (beginners will be inducted); sesshin dates are published in the annual programme. In addition, the Zen center is open for people interested in practicing Zazen on a regular basis or participating in other Zen activities.
Zen Center address: Zen-Zentrum Schönböken, Hauptstraße 1, 24601 Schönböken / Ruhwinkel, Phone +49-4323-7104 * FAX +49-4323-96351
Office times: Mo until Fr 8.45-9.30 am
Zazen times: Tue and Wed 7.30-9 pm, Sat 6-7.30 pm