The center in Brno is led by Robert Klimo, a monk of Slovak origin. He was born in 1969 in the small Slovak town called Šurany, but he spent most of his life in Bratislava. He became a mechanical engineer, and he works like one with few break up to now.
In 2000, his long-term interest in Zen brought him to practice in the Bratislava Zen center. In 2005, he was ordained monk under the name of Gyodza, the Homeless Monk. The following year he moved to Brno, where in 2009 he took over the management of the center after its founder, the monk Carolina Fajth.
On January 1, 2014, he received the Dharma Transmission and the Reverend title from the Master Sando Kaisen.
Stanislava was born on August 30, 1980 in Uherský Brod. Currently she lives in Brno, where she moved to study. She studied English and Czech studies at Masaryk University, Faculty of Arts. Since her graduation she has been working as an English and Czech teacher for foreigners.
She enjoys traveling, dancing, learning foreign languages and arranging flowers (ikebana).
She started with Zen practice in 2007 and in 2013 Master Sandó Kaisen ordained her nun with name “Celle qui veille sur Maya”, (The one, who watches over Maya).
She has held several positions since the beginning of practice. She was the main cook (Japanese tenzo) for the whole Czech Republic and France and she is currently the secretary of the Czech Sangha. From 2015 to 2017 she led the centers in Zlín and Uherské Hradiště, which currently do not operate.
She stays in close contact with Master Sandó Kaisen and follows him regularly on 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 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 has been the main cook (tenzo) of the Czech sangha for six years. She practices in the Pilsen center and stays in regular contact with Master Sando Kaisen.