Ven. Anton Tenkei Coppens

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Ven. Tenkei received dharma transmission in 1996 and for the following four years assisted his Master full-time in teaching. Inspired by the vast expanse of the USA he led many outdoor retreats in the desert of southern Utah. He also went to Europe regularly to conduct meditation retreats and workshops.

Personal experience

Ven. Anton Tenkei Coppens was born in the Netherlands (1949), studied art and art history, and worked for almost fifteen years as a painter and an art teacher. He started Zen Buddhist practice in 1976 in the UK and went to the Zen Center of Los Angeles in 1980. There he met  the Ven. Masters Taizan Maezumi and Genpo Merzel and later accompanied them on retreats throughout Europe and the USA. Ven. Tenkei received ordination in 1988 at Kanzeon Zen Center in Bar Harbor, Maine, and moved to Salt Lake City in 1993 when the temple was relocated. Altogether he studied with Master Genpo Merzel for twenty years, including twelve years of residential training in the US.

Ven. Tenkei received dharma transmission in 1996 and for the following four years assisted his Master full-time in teaching. Inspired by the vast expanse of the USA he led many outdoor retreats in the desert of southern Utah. He also went to Europe regularly to conduct meditation retreats and workshops. In 2000 Ven. Tenkei and his partner, Myoho Gabrysch, went to Japan to practice under the guidance of Master Junyu Kuroda, the brother of Master Maezumi (who had passed away in 1995). Since then mutual visits occur almost every year. 

Zen River Temple

Ven. Tenkei and Myoho established Zen River Temple on the northern coast of The Netherlands in 2002 and he was installed as the first abbot in 2003. Later that year he completed special training in Japan and received full certification from the Soto Zen School. In 2006, Master Genpo Merzel gave him Inka, the final seal of approval as a Zen Master. Over the last five years Ven. Tenkei has travelled several times to China, often on invitation of Master Junyu Kuroda, and made fruitful connections with Chan temples and teachers.

Zen Riveris an international training temple with a daily schedule of meditation, ritual, study and social services; about thirty percent of the participants come from abroad. Besides the full-time resident monks and lay-people (presently fifteen) many lay-members join regularly, particularly during retreats. The overnight capacity of Zen River is forty participants. 

Selected publications

Ven. Tenkei is co-editor of Beyond Sanity and Madness by Master Genpo Merzel. He has also edited a series of dharma talks that Master Taizan Maezumi gave in Europe, published under the title The Echoless Valley and Teaching of the Great Mountain.

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