Spring Ango period

This year's spring Ango period runs from 26 February to 18 March. There is more sitting and less work, and a long break each afternoon for extra sitting or walks and yoga. Email us for more details.


March sesshin

Applications are open for the March 4-sesshin with Sante Roshi. Closing date for applications is 21 February.


Easter sesshin

The April 7-day sesshin this year starts on Good Friday and will be led by Sante Roshi. Closing date for applications is 2 March.


study weekend

Join Sante Roshi at Zengården for a weekend of philosophical discussion around the theme: What does the word freedom mean in a Buddhist context? And how does it relate to liberation and enlightenment? Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Email for details.


Summer Retreat

The annual summer retreat is coming up (9 to 16 June) and will be led by Sante Roshi. The schedule is less intense and the format more flexible than sesshin. People on their first retreat should be here at the start, other participants may arrive on any day, though pickup/drop off is only offered on Monday and Wednesday. All may choose how many days to participate. Please apply by 11 May.


Beginners' retreat in Swedish

This 4-day retreat will be led by Sante Roshi. It will be in Swedish and is suitable for both beginners and those who wish to refresh their practice. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please email if you would like more information or an application form.


Beginners' retreat

This retreat runs from 20 to 24 July and will be led by Kanja Roshi. It is suitable for both beginners and those who wish to refresh their practice. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first served basis. Please email if you would like an application form, or more information.

About us

Here you can read about the teachers at Zengården and our lineage.

Our Teachers

Sante Poromaa Roshi has been practising Zen since the early eighties, and teaching full time for over a decade. He started practice as a student of Roshi Philip Kapleau, author of “The Three Pillars of Zen”, and he later became a student of Kapleau's successor, Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede.

Kanja Odland Roshi started Zen training in 1984, as a student of both Roshi Kapleau and Roshi Kjolhede. She has been teaching full time since 2001.

Both teachers have received formal permission to teach in this lineage, and their Zen teaching draws strongly on the Japanese tradition, but without slavish adherence to forms that may be inappropriate in a European context. Over the years, their style has evolved as they seek to ensure that the valuable practices of this ancient tradition are both preserved and made accessible and relevant to modern people. Their approach is above all an experiential one – the student is encouraged to explore the nature of reality first hand, through practice. Yet they also draw on the rich literature of Zen, including three major koan collections (The Mumonkan, The Blue Cliff Record, and the Book of Serenity), Buddhist sutras and the writings of the great Zen Masters. Both also read widely in other traditions and disciplines and their teishos (lectures given to students) can range over subjects as diverse as physics, consumerism, climate change and parenthood. They are both active in the contemporary intellectual and cultural life of Sweden, participating in public panel discussions and advisory groups. Both originally trained as artists, and Kanja Roshi maintains a particular interest in photography. Sante Roshi has published a book on the common ground between science and Buddhism, The Net of Indra.


Here you can downoad recorded teishos in mp3 format by our teachers:

Kanja Odland - Refuge and Preparation

Kanja Odland - Remembering the Source

Sante Poromaa - Four Veils (part 1)

Sante Poromaa - Four Veils (part 2)

Our Lineage

Philip Kapleau Roshi is well known as one of the teachers instrumental in bringing Zen practice to the west. He wrote many books,including The Three Pillars of Zen, the first book on Zen practice to be published in English. He founded the Rochester Zen Center in 1966 and he also taught in Sweden regularly from 1981. Zengården traces its origins back to the Zen group founded around those teaching visits. Today we are part of the Cloud-Water Sangha, the group of independent Zen Centers formed by Roshi Kapleau’s successor, Bodhin Kjolhede Roshi.

Roshi Kapleau trained in Japan, in the Harada-Yasutani lineage of Zen. The Harada-Yasutani lineage was founded in the 1950s by two prominent Zen teachers, Harada Daiun Sogaku Roshi and Haku’un Yasutani Roshi. Unlike many Japanese Zen masters at that time, both Harada Roshi and Yasutani Roshi felt it was important to make Zen practice more readily accessible to ordinary people with work and family commitments, and also to the many westerners who were arriving in Japan looking for authentic Zen practice. Philip Kapleau was one of the first westerners to become their student, from 1951. After 13 years of training in Japan, Kapleau returned to America and in 1965 was authorised by Yasutani Roshi to teach. He continued teaching and writing for over thirty years.

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