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About US

The Zen Center Regensburg is an International Zen community founded by a group of friends practicing Zen under the direction of Zen Master Hyon Gak Sunim, beginning in 2011. It was established as a non-profit organization, or “Verein,” under the laws of the Federal Republic of Germany, in 2016.

There is daily meditation at 5:00 am and at 7 pm. Following the teachings of Zen Master Seung Sahn, the practice form is Bowing, Chanting, Sitting and Walking Meditation. One can participate without any previous experience, for those who have meditation experience in another tradition. For absolute newcomers to meditation, we suggest you orient yourselves with the twice-monthly Introduction to Meditation classes. There is no charge, but a small donation of 20 EUR is encouraged. Please make an appointment through our email address to be sure that a class is being held on the day you wish.

Beginners who wish to attend the “Introduction to Zen” class can reach us at

We ask that you please arrive by 17:30 for the class. 

Every month, there is a three-day intensive Zen retreat. The retreat is held in silence. We also hold a traditional 90-day Winter Kyol Che and a 30-day Summer Kyol Che. Please check this website and our Facebook page for details and updates. 

There are opportunities for overnighting at ZCR. In fact, for retreats, it is strongly required. Contact our office for details. 

We are supported by donations. This is not a well-funded organization or church. It is a small community of fellow-practitioners, living a semi-monastic life in the city, open to all. Because of this, we are grateful for anything you could offer to help with our rent and expenses. Even a jar of Almond Butter, or some juice, or some good traditional German bread are acceptable donations. But cash definitely helps. Any donations to the Zen Center Regensburg are tax-deductible.



Daily practice of Sitting, Chanting, and Walking Meditation & Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.



MO >> SO


5:30 – 7:00am

19:00 – 21:00pm


MO – DI – MI 

16:00 – 18:00pm

Only moment

Silent Zen retreats

Let's do it. Together.

teacher / abbot

Hyon Gak Sunim

Hyon Gak Sunim was born Paul J. Muenzen in 1964 to a family of devout Catholics in New Jersey, U.S.A. He was educated in literature, literary theory, and philosophy at Yale University (Class of 1987) and comparative religions at Harvard Divinity School, where he received the degree of Master of Theological Studies in 1992.

Hyon Gak Sunim became a student of Zen Master Seung Sahn while studying in Cambridge, Mass., and lived for several years at the Cambridge Zen Center. He was ordained in 1992 in China, at the Temple of the Sixth Patriarch, on Chogye Mountain: he was the first Westerner to be ordained in the People’s Republic of China since the Communist Revolution. He has been doing training in various remote mountain places, including 3 intensive 100-day solo meditation retreats and some forty 3-month intensive meditation retreats (“ango”). In August 2001, in a public ceremony at Hwa Gye Sah Temple, he was publicly tested in Dharma combat before an assembly of monks, and received “inka” (formal approval of enlightenment, and certification of teaching authorization) from Zen Master Seung Sahn.


Teacher and Student, August 2001
Formal “inka” Portrait with Zen Master Seung Sahn, Hwa Gye Sah Temple, South Korea
The last “inka” (certification of enlightenment and authorization to teach) that Zen Master Seung Sahn ever directly conferred.

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Zen Center Regensburg e.V.
Weißbräuhausgasse 2
D – 93047 Regensburg

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