Sensei Wolfgang Okami Schmachtenberg ran a music store in Essen, Germany for many years and imported pianos and grand pianos from Japan and China as a wholesaler. Today, along with his diverse roles as a Zen teacher, he teaches piano and boating in Germany.
Sensei Okami’s Zen path began in 1989 with Zen teacher Johannes Kopp in Essen, Germany. He became his student and received a rigorous education until 2013. Okami’s training was supplemented by instruction from several Zen masters Jiun Roshi in Europe.
In 2013, he met and joined Zen masters Roshi Paul Genki Kahn and Roshi Monika Genmitsu Kahn, spiritual leaders of the Zen Garland Order in the USA. After several years, he became authorized to teach, was ordained as a Zen priest and Dharma successor of Roshi Genki. In 2016, he received training in Zen Focusing by Roshi Genmitsu and in 2019 he began studying the Zen Dialogue Process.
Okami is an active participant as a Zen Garland Order teacher, an active member of the Zen Garland Order Teacher’s Circle and is involved in the development of the Zen Garland Order Core practices:
The practice of zazen
The practice of private dialogue (Dokusan) with a Zen teacher
The practice of Zen Koan study and study of sutras and texts
The practice of supporting bodywork such as Yoga, Taiji, Qi Gong, Breath Walking, Breath Yoga
The practice of Emotional Well-Being with Focusing and the Zen Dialogue Process.
The practice of service as a way of being, based on the Zen Garland vows
The practice of a living relationship with and commitment to nature.
Sensei Okami is the spiritual leader of the Eido-Ji Sangha, born from the Heart Touching Sangha that started in 2015, located in Essen, Germany. He lives in Germany with his life, Ines Günther, who is a sound therapist.
47574 Goch, Deutschland
Zen Meditation + Inner Dialog ( Zen Dialog / Zen Focusing ) )