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

We arrange brief introductions to zen on demand, where we instruct the meditation practice and go through the formal zazen (Zen meditation) procedure. After this introduction, you can start to practice on your own and attend formal zazen with our group.

If you would like to have an introduction or have practiced zazen earlier, please inquire by the form below.