Our teacher, Choan Egmund T. Sommer Roshi (formerly Denko John Møller Mortensen), is one of the very few westerners to complete the Rinzai Zen Buddhist training and become a Zen Master.
He first became interested in Zen Buddhism in the late sixties in Denmark. He went to Ryutaku-Ji in Japan, where he met Soen Nakagawa Roshi, and later became a student of Soen Roshi's successor, Eido Shimano Roshi. Denko Roshi was ordained as a Rinzai Zen Buddhist monk on July 4th 1980. Denko Roshi received Dharma Transmission (Inka) from Eido Roshi in 2002.
Choan Roshi ran his own temple in the United States, Pine Hill Zendo, for five years, has been President of Zen Studies Society in New York (startet for D. T. Suzuki in the fifties), as well as Vice Abbot of Dai Bosatsu Monastery in the Catskill Mountains of USA.
Choan Roshi now lives in Havredal Zendo in Jylland, Denmark.