The Zen Peacemakers Sangha in Würzburg Germany is led by Zen Lehrer Cornelius von Collande. They are studying the Zen Peacemakers Precepts and doing Social Action in Refugee camps.
Dr. Cornelius v. Collande, was born in 1952, and has one adult daughter. His studies were in Philosophy, Psychology and Educational Theory in Freiburg (Germany), as well as Geology in Wurzburg (Germany) and Zaragoza (Spain). He has been involved in twenty years of international IT projects. Since 2000 he has worked in Psychotherapy (Gestalt), Mindfulness and Zen-training. He has a European Certificate of Psychotherapy (EAP) and is a teacher for „Mindfulness Bases Stress Reduction“ (MBSR). He is a Taiji teacher of “Taiji Chan school”.
He has been a Zen student since 1981 with Sekkei Harada Roshi. Since 1984 he has been doing Koan study with Willigis Jäger Kyoun Roshi. Since 2002 he did further Koan studies with “Sambo Kyodan” sect under Yamada Ryoun Roshi. He was appointed as Assistant Zen Teacher by Yamada Ryoun Roshi in 2006 and appointed as Zen teacher (Sensei) of the Zen school “Empty Cloud” by Willigis Jäger Kyoun Roshi in 2009. His first personal contacts with Zen Master Bernie Glassman were in the Auschwitz-Retreat 2011 and he is now attending the Auschwitz Bearing Witness retreats as a Spirit Holder.
He lives and works in the “Centre for Spiritual Ways – Benediktushof”