Hello and welcome to Anzenkai!

My name is Gustav and meditation means a lot to me. Many teachers and friends have helped me along the way, and this is my attempt to try to give something back. I'm Swedish, but I do this in English to make it more widely available.

After receiving Dharma transmission from my Zen teacher, Gudo Nishijima Roshi, in Japan 2004, I was ordained as a priest in the Lutheran Church of Sweden in 2010. I live with my family in UmeƄ in northern Sweden, where I work as a hospital and prison chaplain.

The purpose of Anzenkai is:

  • to help inspire and support daily meditation practice,
  • to explore together the meeting of Christianity and Zen Buddhism,
  • and to explore together what role meditation can have in caring for each other in difficult times.

Anzenkai is a Japanese word that I suggested to Nishijima while staying in his dojo. He liked it and made a calligraphy of the three characters. He explained that An means peace, zen is meditation, and kai indicates a meeting place. It is also a play on words. Anzen, pronounced in the same way but written with different Japanese characters, also means safety.

If you would like to read more about Nishijima Roshi and my reflections from along the way, I have published a book called My Christian Journey with Zen, available here.

This website is under construction and will be up and running soon...