Anjo Koren Kasman, Sensei (1956-2016) | II. Generation > Successor to Tenkei Coppens Roshi
Anjo Koren Kasman Sensei (1956 – 2016) studied business economics and worked as an administrative manager in an Academic Hospital in Leiden, the Netherlands. She started Zen practice with Tenkei Roshi in 1999. Koren Sensei has been a resident at Zen River for almost 15 years, where she worked as Zen River’s financial manager. Also for many years she was the head of the sewing room, one of the nerve centers of the temple. She received Tokudo in 2002 and was Shuso during Ango in 2006. She was Shuso again in 2011 with Hojo-san as Jokeshi for her Hossenshiki. She has been leading workshops and classes since 2008. She received Shiho from Tenkei Roshi in December 2013 and completed her formal training in Japan in July 2015. Together with Gakudo Sensei she did Zuise in Eiheiji and Sojiji, the two head temples in Japan, and is fully qualified by the Japanese Soto School. She is together with her husband Gakudo one of the founders of Keiryuji. We will miss her enthusiasm, compassion and positive outlook on life.
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Anjo Koren Kasman studied business economics and worked as an administrative manager in the Leiden Academic Hospital. She started Zen practice with Tenkei in 1999 and became his Shoken student in 2000. Koren and her husband, Peter Gakudo den Hollander, were the first ones to help Tenkei and Myoho establish Zen River – first in Zoetermeer and Holwierde, and from 2002 until now in its present location in Uithuizen. As a full-time resident, she not only became Zen River’s financial manager but also for many years was the head of the sewing room, one of the nerve centers of the temple. Koren received Tokudo in 2002 and was Shuso during Ango in 2006. She was Shuso again in 2011 with Hojo-san as Jokeshi for her Hossenshiki. She received Shiho from Tenkei in December 2013 with Genno Roshi from Paris as Kyojushi. Immediately after this ceremony, Koren went to Japan to attend an international 3-month Soto Ango in Yokoji, the first temple of Keizan Zenji. Like the other Shiho recipients she gives introductory classes on a houseboat zendo in the nearby university town of Groningen. After her second three-month Ango in Japan, this time in Toshoji, she performed the traditional Zuise ceremonies in Eiheiji and Sojiji, which qualify her as a certified Soto priest. Not long after, she and Gakudo decided to move to the Spanish Pyrenees where Pascal Tetsuko van der Knokke and Emke Gyoen Jutte have a beautiful property and together with them set up a mountain retreat center. Unfortunately, due to a slowly progressing but incurable form of cancer she passed away on August 22, 2016. Her Dharma name Koren means ‘Shining Lotus’ and she manifested that quality beautifully up to the very end.
Welcome to Keiryuji
Keiryuji (or Mountain Stream Temple) is a remote Soto Zen-Buddhist hermitage in the Spanish Pyrenees, near the village of Camprodon. It lies in the middle of a protected nature reserve, at 750 meters altitude.
Keiryuji welcomes anyone who wishes to take a break from his or her daily life and dedicate some time to contemplation and reflection. Regardless of spiritual tradition or beliefs, the teacher of Keiryuji will individually guide and support each person throughout their stay.
The abbot or teacher is Gakudo den Hollander Sensei, dharma heir of Tenkei Coppens Roshi (Zen River, the Netherlands) and member of the White Plum Lineage, established by the late Maezumi Roshi in the USA. He is also fully certified by the Japanese Soto school.