The Urban Nun Zendo
Integrating Ancient Wisdom into Modern World
HINOTORI, the Urban Nun Zendo, is located in the middle of the urban Zürich. It is a place of practice and refuge where you can learn how to integrate your spiritual path into your daily life. HINOTORI is an authentic mixture between hermitage and small zendo, which was established by Dr. Maya Doka Mikos, who is ordained in Soto Zen linage (Doka) and Shaolin Chan linage (Shi YanSa). As HINOTORI teacher, Doka is dedicated to support the urban population on their path toward realising own nature and gaining wisdom and compassion.
The HINOTORI practice enters three gates that lead to three program lines:
1st gate - Is it true? opens Spiritual practice (Zen Training);
2nd gate – Is it necessary? Leads to Applied Spirituality (ZenQiYo Academy);
3rd gate – is it kind? Leads to projects of Engaged Spirituality line (Doka Foundation).
Doka Sensei applies traditional and innovative methods to integrate the Buddhist teachings through Zen practice, sesshins and retreats. In addition to Zen training, Doka Sensei also offers special programs for the secular-oriented urban population, which are based on the Three Kernel System, developed by Doka. The programs aim to raise people’s awareness, improve their health and well-being, and enable them gentle entrance into ancient teachings.
Depending on the project line, practicing is offered either in Zendo, online or at guest locations.
Whether you come for evening practice, a weekend retreat, the whole day Zen practice, or a specially designed programs, you have a chance to experience a dynamic spiritual development and encounter your own inner stillness that opens the door to wisdom and compassion.