Monks in the Czech Republic

Robert Mirowski

Robert při zazenuRobert Mirowski, one of the closest disciples of Master Kaisen, is responsible for transmitting Master Sando Kaisen´s teachings in Ostrava and since 2012 also in Pilsen.

Robert was born in 1970 in a small village of Tarnowa, but he spent most of his life in Krakow. He became a plumber and then spent 15 years working in this profession.

He became interested in Zen when he met the disciples of Master Sando Kaisen who came in 1992 to teach the zazen meditation to students of martial arts at the academy of jiu-jitsu, which he practiced at that time.

It was then that he started to come regularly to meditations in the Krakow dojo and began to devote fully to practicing Zen. A few years later he decided to commit to transmitting zazen completely and asked Master Sando Kaisen for a monk ordination. He received it in 2000 under the name of Masho – The Eye of Life.

He has often accompanied his Master during his missionary travels, and was one of the disciples who established a new Zen temple in Poland in 2003. He lived in this monastery for three years till the end of its existence. In 2006, he moved to Ostrava in order to lead meditations and sesshins (retreats) and transmit the teachings of our Master here.

Robert is single and has no children. At the moment he makes his living by sowing meditation tools and clothes.

Irena Pavlíková

IrenaIrena Pavlikova is currently the only woman monk in the Czech Republic. She is also the secretary of our sangha. She was born in 1981 in Ostrava, where she still lives. She graduated from a university studying process engineering related to environmental protection and she still works in this field.

Looking for answers to basic questions of life brought her to studying Husite theology at the Charles University in Prague. However, she felt that this teaching is not alive anymore, and she decided not to continue in her studies. Later on, she practiced yoga and martial arts, which brought her to zazen meditation. The turning point for her was meeting Master Sando Kaisen in 2004 in the Polish monastery.

In 2006, Master Sando Kaisen gave her a monk ordination and a name Mjoka, a Radiant Blossom.

Since Spring of this year, she has been transmitting the teaching of our school in the Olomouc dojo.

Robert Klimo

RobertThe Zen centres of Brno and Zdar nad Sazavou are under the authority of Robert Klimo, a monk of Slovakian origin. He was born in 1969 in a small Slovakian town of Surany, but spent most of his life in Bratislava. He studied engineering and worked in this field until 2009. Currently, he works as a gardener.

His long lasting interest in Zen brought him to a regular practice of Zen meditation, which he started in 2000 in the Bratislava dojo. In 2005 he received a monk ordination from the hands of Master Sando Kaisen and a name Gyoja, a Monk Without Home.

The following year, he moved to Brno, and in 2009 he took up the function of leading the dojo here, when Karolina Fajthova, who had founded the dojo and led it before him, was leaving.

Robert also comes regularly to the dojo in Zdar nad Sazavou to lead zazens here.

Radek Steiger

RadekRadek Steiger was born in 1974 in northern Bohemia. He studied electronics and at present works in advertising. Since childhood his life has been linked to nature and spiritual search. At the age of fourteen, he started studying martial arts. When he was sixteen, he started to study Zen and began to meet Master Sando Kaisen´s disciples. Since 1992 he has been visiting the first Czech dojo located in Most. He studies the art of the Way of Tea under the tutoring of Master Nishikawa, and develops and practices his knowledge of Japanese spiritual healing.

After many years of practicing Zen and after his spiritual journey to Japan, he was ordinated a monk and given a name Bansei – a Saint Barbarian. In 2005, he started a dojo in Usti nad Labem, which he still leads, and since 2011 he also leads dojos in Litvinov and Prague.

He obtained the Transmission of the Dharma from Master Sando Kaisen in “The Peak of Light” Temple on 15th May 2012 and received a title of a Reverend.

Tomasz Dąbrowski

TomekA Polish monk Tomasz Dabrowski is a close disciple of Master Sando Kaisen and he helped a great deal in transmitting our Master´s teachings in the Czech Republic. During his stay in the Czech Republic in 2004 – 2011, many new centres (dojo) were opened here.

He was born in 1975 in Krakow, where he spent most of his life. He graduated from a school of economy and at the moment makes his living by teaching foreign languages in Prague.

In his younger days he devoted his time to sports and martial arts (karate), through which he became acquainted with the Eastern teachings and meditation. When his father died, he felt intensively the impermanency of life and decided to look for answers to his deepest questions. At the beginning of 1996 he met Master Sando Kaisen and became his disciple. Few months later, he spent one year in his Master’s monastery in France. There he received an ordination of a monk and got a name Keiji, the Temple of Peace. When he returned to Poland, he founded a dojo in Warsaw and Poznan. In 2003 he was one of Master’s disciples that established a monastery in Poland. For the following three years he was a regular in this monastery and served there functions of a shuso (assistant of the Master of dojo) and a finance administrator.

Throughout all his practice, he’s been helping actively to our Master in transmitting the teachings in Poland, the Czech Republic and later on in Russia.

In 2004, Master Sando Kaisen entrusted to him the responsibility for transmitting the teachings in the Czech Republic. At first he used to commute regularly to Prague and Pilsen to lead the dojos, in 2006 he moved to Prague and lives here permanently.

He obtained the Transmission of the Dharma from Master Sando Kaisen in “The Peak of Light” Temple on 15th May 2012 and received a title of a Reverend.

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