Sharp and clear: Wu Bong SSN as my teacher, father and friend
Arne Schaefer JDPSN began practicing in the Tibetan Kagyu Tradition — Diamond Way — in 1990. His first Zen retreat, a Yong Maeng Jong Jin, was with Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1992 and he has been practicing with the Kwan Um School of Zen since then. Since 1992 he attended many Zen retreats in Europe, USA and in Korea. In 1996/1997 he built the Berlin Zen Center and was active as chairman in the board of directors of Kwan Um School of Zen Germany for over 15 years. He received Inka in April 2010 from Zen Master Wu Bong and is the Guiding Teacher of the Dresden Zen Center and the Zen groups in Hamburg and Bad Bramstedt.
He was awarded a Master’s degree in religious studies in 1996 from the Free University of Berlin, studying anthropology and philosophy. He received a Master’s degree in psychology in 2002 from the Free University of Berlin. Additionally he has furthered his studies in solution-focused consulting and co-acting coaching and works as an independent coach. In 2010 he founded mindsweets, a company selling
vegan fruit gummy bears (Buddha Bears).
Arne and his wife, Irmi Jeuther, decided to integrate their shared Buddhist background with their work by establishing Lotus Consult. Irmi has been practicing for over 20 years in the Kagyu Tradition and has a daughter. They celebrated their marriage in 2005 in the Berlin Zen Center. When Arne finds extra time, he participates in Impro-theater, plays the piano, loves to go inline skating and play badminton. Whenever possible, he and his wife leave Berlin behind traveling in their old VW camping bus into unknown valleys and peaks.