Zen Centrum Amsterdam
Zen Centrum Amsterdam offers a place to meditate each morning, seven days a week, throughout the year, and on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings there is zen meditation with dharmatalk (teaching) and on Tuesday Buddhist service in Dutch. On both evenings you have the opportunity of a formal, individual interview (daisan) with a zen teacher (in English, if you like).
The mornings and Friday evenings are free of charge. The same is applicable for the morning sessions. A donation is welcome. A subscription for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening is possible and costs € 35 per month. Morning sessions are from 8 till 9 am (on sunday from 8.30 am till 9.30 am). Evening sessions from 8 till 10 pm (on Friday till 9.30 pm).
Introductory courses and follow-up courses zen meditation start three times a year, on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday evening from 6.00 till 7.30 pm. All courses are in Dutch. Individual guidance in English is possible when needed.
Niko Sensei is the spiritual leader. Teachings are given by him and by Meindert van den Heuvel (Mu Sho Sensei), Lida Kerssies and André van der Braak.
Zen Centrum Amsterdam is part of the international Kanzeon Sangha, with zen groups in various European countries and in the United States. Headquarters of the international Kanzeon Sangha is the Kanzeon Zen Center Utah in Salt Lake City, USA. Genpo Merzel Roshi is its spiritual leader. In 2004 Niko Tydeman received Shiho (Dharma transmission) from Genpo Roshi.
For more information about the international Kanzeon Sangha, visit the website Big Mind.