a monk and received the name Keiji, the Sanctuary of Peace.
Upon returning to Poland, he founded and led the centers in Warsaw and Poznan. In 2003, he and other close disciples of the Master laid the foundation of a monastery in Poland. For the next three years, he was a permanent resident in this monastery and was assigned the role of treasurer and assistant of the Master (“shuso”).
Since 2019, the Slovakian monk Robert Klimo has been responsible for transmitting the Master’s teachings in the Czech Republic. He also continues to lead the center in Brno.
Robert was born in 1969 in a small Slovakian town called Šurany, but he spent most of his life in Bratislava. He became a mechanical engineer, and he has been working in this field ever since.
In 2000, his long-term interest in Zen brought him to practice in the Bratislava Zen Center. In 2005, he was ordained as a monk under the name of Gyoja, the Homeless Monk. The following year he moved to Brno, and in 2009 he started to lead this centre, which was founded by the nun Karolina Fajthova.
On 1st January 2014, he received from the Master Sando Kaisen the Dharma Transmission and the title of a Reverend.
Stanislava was born on August 30, 1980 in Uhersky Brod, a small town in southeastern Moravia. She studied English and Czech at Masaryk University in Brno and after some time traveling and working abroad decided to stay in Brno and teach English and Czech for foreigners there.
A search for answers regarding the purpose of our existence and a sense of futility and frustration over the fact that we mindlessly repeat the illusions of our ancestors, brought her, in 2007, to Zen. In 2013 Master Sandó Kaisen ordained her a nun and gave her the name “Celle qui veille sur Maya” (The one who watches over Maya [illusion]).
She has had several responsibilities since the beginning of her practice. Among others, she served as the chef (“tenzo”) for the Czech Republic and France, and is currently the secretary of the Czech sangha (community). From 2015 to 2017 she led the centers in Zlin and Uherske Hradiste; at the moment, she leads Saturday sittings in Brno.
She stays in a close contact with Master Sandó Kaisen and travels regularly to retreats in France
Magdalena Paulíkova comes from Pilsen, where she studied humanities and anthropology and where she works as a social worker in the non-profit sector.
After meeting with pure meditation – zazen – in 2005, she felt a strong connection with the teachings leading to liberation. In 2007, she was ordained as a bodhisattva by Tomasz Dabrowski and later she was ordained by Master Sando Kaisen as a nun (Shi Ho – True Law). She held various positions in the sangha and in the Pilsen center – she was the chef (tenzo) of the Czech sangha for six years. She practices in the Pilsen center and stays in regular contact with Master Sando Kaisen.
a theater. It’s like a game that consumes us at some point, but when the drama or romance is over, it’s gone.