Zen Buddhist Meditation in the Soto and Rinzai Tradition
The Dana Zen Center was founded in the Paris suburb of Montreuil in 1994 by Roshi Catherine Genno Pagès, a lineage holder in the Soto school, to offer regular Zen teaching and meditation in a nonresidential, urban setting. Its members form a community of lay practitioners who seek to honor the integrity of the ancient Zen tradition while integrating the practice into daily, modern life. The Dana practice center is a nonresidential house in an urban setting on the eastern edge of Paris. It is easily accessible by the city's public transport system (metro line 9, Mairie de Montreuil).
There are daily meditation sessions and a monthly retreat which is either one weekend or one week long. Introduction classes are held for beginners. During summer holidays a retreat is held in the country side. (see coming events).
Catherine Genno Pagès Roshi is the first dharma heir of the American Zen master Dennis Genpo Merzel Roshi, who is heir of the late Taizan Maezumi Roshi, founder of the Zen Center of Los Angeles. The Dana Zen Center is part of the White Plum Sangha, which was founded by the late Taizan Maezumi Roshi to support and unite all the practice centers and dharma successors in his lineage. Maezumi Roshi (1931-1995) was an early pioneer in the transmission of Japanese Zen Buddhism to the West. He received dharma transmission from Hakujun Kuroda Roshi in 1955. He also received final approval as a teacher (Inka) from both Koryu Osaka Roshi and Hakuun Yasutani Roshi, thus becoming a dharma successor in three lines of Zen.
Genno Roshi gave Dharma Transmission to Amy Hollowell in July 2004, to Frank De Waele in July 2005, to Corinne Frottier in July 2009 and to Michel Oltheten in May 2014. She gave Inka to Frank De Waele in october 2015, and to Amy Hollowell in November 2015.
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