Hello and welcome to Anzenkai!

My name is Gustav and Zen meditation has meant so much to me in my life. With gratitude to my teachers, this is my way of trying to give something back. The main activity of Anzenkai is the weekly talks, along with various meditation meetings. My dream is to one day open a meditation training center.

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, and currently serving as a hospital and prison chaplain in UmeƄ, northern Sweden.

The purpose of Anzenkai is to:

  • support daily practice of sitting and walking meditation,
  • to explore the meeting of Christianity and Buddhism,
  • and to explore what role meditation can have in chaplaincy.


Anzenkai is a Japanese word. An means peace, zen is meditation, and kai is a group of people. It is also a play on words. Anzen, pronounced in the same way but written with different Japanese characters, also means safety. The Anzenkai calligraphy was made by Nishijima Roshi in Tokyo, 2007.


In 2015, I published a book called My Christian Journey with Zen, available through Amazon, where I remember Nishijima Roshi and share reflections from along the way.

Please click on the contact button and send me your thoughts and comments. I'm looking forward to hearing from you!

This website is under construction and will be ready in the end of June 2021.