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.
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
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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