Our Teacher


Joan Rieck


Joan lived for many years in Japan where she practiced Zen under the direction of the late Yamada Koun Roshi, then abbot of the Sanbô School of Zen. She was authorized by him to teach Zen in 1983. Since 1984 Joan has led Zen groups in Switzerland, Germany, Italy and the United States. In 1990, along with Willigis Jaeger, she established Sonnenhof, a center for Zen and contemplation in the Black Forest, Germany. At present Joan lives in New Mexico where she heads the Sandia Zendo.