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Shogen dojo Zürich,

Rinzai Zen Gesellschaft

Brief history of the Shogen-Dojo Zurich.

In 1975 the Rinzai Zen Society was founded by students of Dr. Henry Platov, Chikuen Kugai Dai Osho, in order to support him and his teaching activities. In 1980 this society established the Shogen-dojo as a branch of Myoshin-ji (headquarter of Rinzai Zen in Japan). After Dr. Henry Platov had passed away in 1990 the Shogen-dojo was taken care of by the Zen masters Tani Kogetsu Roshi and Eido Shimano Roshi. Nowadays the Shogen-dojo is closely connected to Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-ji, a Rinzai Zen monastery situated in the remote Catskill Mountains in Upstate New York.

The Shogen-Dojo is situated at Aegertenstrasse 6 and open to everyone who is interested. At the Dojo, also called Zendo, Zazen – sitting meditation – is practised, as well as Kinhin and Samu – walking and working with mindfulness and devotion. Besides numerous 1-Day Sesshin the 5-Day Summer Sesshin provides an opportunity to intensive deepening.

Our Zendo is lead by the Rinzai Zen monk Shokan Marcel Urech. Since 1991 he is a disciple of Eido Shimano Roshi, the former Abbot of Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-ji in upstate New York. After six years of training at this monastery, Shokan returned to Switzerland in 2000 and took the lead of our Zendo a few years ago.
At the Summer Sesshin 2008 Eido Roshi acknowledged him as Osho (Dharma Teacher). Consequently the Sangha-members have the opportunity to study Koan with Shokan Osho.