Helsinki Zen Center

We provide an opportunity to practice Zen in a group, under the guidance of experienced teachers and in connection with a living tradition.

We arrange zazen several times a week, as well as full day meditations. You may also participate in retreats and daily monastic practice at Sanneji in Finland and  Zengården in Sweden.

Sangen Salo Sensei is our active teacher in Finland. Sante Poromaa Roshi and Kanja Odland Roshi are the spiritual leaders of Zengården and the Swedish Zen Buddhist Society.

Our roots are in the lineage of Philip Kapleau Roshi. For more information about Zen and our lineage, please visit the website of Zengården.

Please check also Tampere Zen Center.

You will find information on all Buddhist groups in Finland at the Religions in Finland Project. See also the Finnish Buddhist Union.

The address of our zendo is:

Helsinki Zen Center
Arkadiankatu 23 G, inner yard

Attending our zazen and introductions in English

If you have practiced zazen earlier, please inquire about the practicalities by the form below.

We arrange introductions to meditation practice and formal zazen (Zen meditation) procedure. After this introduction you can start to practice on your own and attend formal zazen with our group. The next introductions in English:

  • Sep 11. 10:00 – 14:00. We follow the official pandemic meeting regulations.

Please sign in for an introductory workshop by the form below.