Zen Peacemaker Affiliate
Zen-Zentrum im Gruenen Ring
Offering a training center for meditation, precept and koan studies; supporting and organizing projects, e.g. for refugees; based on the Three Tenets Not Knowing, Bearing Witness, Taking Action
Tell us a bit about how your group was concieved
The teacher and founder of the Zen Center is Franziska Jinen Schneider, a longtime practitioner and member of ZPO. She has received dharma transmission from Eve Myonen Marko Roshi. The Zen Center offers Zazen, retreats, council groups, Koan and precept studies.
How many members do you serve? 25
Tell us about one exciting project, program, or other offering you are currently working on.
Currently we are engaged in a bearing witness project for refugees who died in the Mediterranean on their way to Europe. In silent meditation, we write the names of the deceased and the reason of their death on strips of tissue that we will hang in front of a church in town. Together with an interreligious team of volunteers, we will recite the names of the deceased in the church on the international refugee day. And last month, we had a sesshin dedicated to the theme of the Oxherding pictures. Each participant reflected on their own path and visions, and on the last day, shared in council.
How do the Three Tenets inform your social engagement?
The Three Tenets are the base of our commitment and training. They support us in social projects , as “Beim Namen nennen”, and on our personal path.
What is the most meaningful challenge your organization Faces?
As a small Zen Center providing a variety of offerings, we need engaged Sangha members in order to serve as training center for meditation, studies, council groups, retreats, and for social engagements.
For more information: info@zen-imgruenenring.ch
Zen-Zentrum im Gruenen Ring -
St. Gallen, Switzerland