Silence leads to self-realization

Self-realization: find peace in the Zen monastery

The journey was the goal

The teacher of a Zen circle in Bremen gave Hess a recommendation for Zenjuku, the school of Myoshinji in Kyoto, the legendary main monastery of the Rinsai lineage of Zen Buddhism in Japan. There he meditated together with the monk disciples early in the morning and late in the evening, each for four hours. The way now led him away from this world. He went inside and confronted the demons. Outside, however, he always had one goal: the gardens. As early as 1996, Hess discovered his passion for Japanese gardens in the colorful pictures of a book volume. In Kyoto, the former imperial city, he now studied it everywhere and meditation was the means to an end to train intuition.

An oasis of calm

Then, four years later, he was officially abbot. He returned to Germany and founded his own monastery in Eickhof Palace. Here he receives centourists, as he calls them, and convent students who take courses. Many suffer from the pressures of success. Some have lost their purpose in life.

Meditation keeps us fit

Hess recommends meditation as a training of the mind, especially for the elderly, who already keep their body flexible with exercise. “When you sit deeply, new synapses form in the brain. That expands consciousness. It releases pain-relieving endorphins, happiness hormones and the reward hormone dopamine and even counteracts Alzheimer's. "