Egely Monastery - Taikyo-ji is a Buddhist monastery, formerly in the Rinzai Zen tradition, founded by Denko John Mortensen on the Danish island of Bornholm in 2007. Located in an old farmhouse and cowshed, it was the only Rinzai Zen monastery in Scandinavia with Zen teacher in permanent residence.
Denko Mortensen first became interested in Zen Buddhism in the late sixties in
Denmark. He went to Ryutaku-ji in Japan, where he met Soen Nakagawa. Later he became a student of Soen's successor, Eido Shimano. Denko was ordained as a Rinzai Zen Buddhist priest on July 4, 1980 and received Dharma transmission from Eido in 2002. [1 ] [2 ] [3 ]
Denko later broke with Eido Shimano and became an independent teacher. On May 19, 2011, he announced on the monastery website that he had become a student of H. E. Kilung Jigme Rinpoche, a Tibetan
Nyingma Lama and Tulku, and would therefore be changing the style of practice at Egely Monastery. [4 ]
Denko is a member of the
American Zen Teachers Association. [5 ]
References [ edit ]
Hendler, Marc (2003), "Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-ji News", THE NEWSLETTER OF THE ZEN STUDIES SOCIETY], SPRING / SUMMER: Page 16
Ford, James Ishmael (2006), , Wisdom Publications, Zen Master Who?: A Guide to the People and Stories of Zen ISBN 0-86171-509-8 Ciolek, T. Matthew. 1997–present. Hakuin School of Zen Buddhism. Canberra: www.ciolek.com - Asia Pacific Research Online.
Hakuin School of Zen Buddhism. American Zen Teachers Association.
Members List. Retrieved on November 23, 2010.
Oplev Bornholm (c) 2009 Hovedland p. 20
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