SENSEI ENJO STAHEL
Monk of Taikanji Temple and Taikanji House
MONK ENJO SENSEI
Zengetsu Enjo Sensei was born in the city of São Paulo. He began his monastic training in 1995 under the guidance of Monja Coen Roshi and Shozan Sensei at the Busshinji Temple in the same city.
In 1998 he was the first Brazilian and foreigner admitted to formal monastic training (shugyo) in the traditional and rigorous monastery of Sojiji, one of the two monasteries that host the Soto Zen school in Yokohama, Japan.
From 2000 to 2002 he practiced Zazen and Seshins intensively with the renowned master Harada Tangen Roshi, at the Bukkokuji monastery in Obama, Japan.
In 2003 he received the Dharma Transmission from Junnyu Kuroda Roshi, Maezumi Roshi's brother and the abbot of the Kirigayaji Temple in Tokyo.
During his monastic training, in visits to the temples and monasteries of Kyoto, he also had contact with the aesthetics of the Zen gardens and with techniques of bio-construction. Later, he studied landscaping and tsuchi kabe with the famous Monk and Landscape Designer Shunmyo Masuno.
Since 2002 he has lived between the two places: the Taikanji Temple, in Pedra Bela, where he regularly promotes silence and Zen meditation retreats, and Bragança Paulista, where he guides meditation groups, serves the Buddhist community performing memorial ceremonies, weddings, and works as a landscaper.
Learn more about Monge Enjo's work as a landscaper, Zen Garden Design, by clicking here.