Muhō Nölke (ネルケ無方) (born 1968) is a German Zen master. Presently, he is the abbot of Antai-ji, a Japanese Soto Zen temple. He has translated works of Dōgen and Kōdō Sawaki, and has authored one book in German and several books in Japanese.
At age 16, Muhō was introduced to zazen by one of his high school teachers and soon had the wish to become a Zen monk. To prepare for his stay in Japan, he studied Japanese at the university in Berlin, along with philosophy and physics. During his studies, he spent one year at Kyoto University and learned for the first time about Antai-ji. At age 22, he spent six months there as a lay practitioner.
Three years later, after graduating from university, Muhō was ordained as a Sōtō Zen monk under the abbot Miyaura Shinyu Rōshi. Apart from Antai-ji, he has trained for one year at the Rinzai monastery Tōfuku-ji in Kyoto, and one year at Hosshin-ji in Obama, Fukui.
After obtaining the transmission of dharma (shihō) from his teacher Miyaura Rōshi, Muhō decided to live as a homeless monk in a park in central Osaka, where he led a zazen group in 2001.
After six months though, in February 2002, he learned of the sudden death of his teacher and was called back to Antai-ji. He succeeded his teacher as the ninth abbot in the spring of that year.
- Abt Muho: Zazen oder der Weg zum Glück. Rowohlt, 2007, ISBN 3-499-62203-3.
- Muho Noelke: Mayoeru mono no Zen shugyou. Shincho-shinsho, 2011, ISBN 4-10-610404-0.
- Muho Noelke: Hadaka no Bousama. Sanga, 2012, ISBN 4-905425-12-3.
- Muho Noelke: Tada suwaru. Kobunsha-shinsho, 2012, ISBN 9784334036928.
- Muho Noelke: Ikiru hint 33. Asahi-shinsho, 2012, ISBN 9784022730992.
- Muho Noelke: Otona ni naru tame no yatsu no shugyou. Shodensha, 2013, ISBN 4396113153
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