Female teachers

Kankyo Tannier

Buddhist Nun and Teacher in the Soto Zen Tradition

Born in the early 1970s in the Paris area, Kankyo Tannier was ordained as a Buddhist nun in the Soto Zen tradition in 2002 by Master Wang-Genh.

A public law graduate (1996 - University of Besançon), she soon turned to teaching of singing and the voice in general.

In the summer of 2000, she discovered Zen Buddhism and chose the Ryumonji monastery of the Soto Zen tradition in Alsace as her residence. This gave her the opportunity to meditate intensively and be enriched by the previously unknown experience of a monastic life. She has been a resident of this monastery for 20 years.

Kankyo Tannier was an Administrator of the French Buddhist Union (UBF) from 2010 to 2012, a position she left after some very insightful years to focus on teaching Buddhist meditation to beginners (mainly at the Centre de Bouddhisme Zen de Strasbourg).

In 2008, Kankyo Tannier undertook a traditional retreat in Japan (Ango). After completing this retreat, she was asked by Master Wang-Genh to take over the organisation of the rituals and ceremonies at Ryumonji Buddhist Monastery (in the capacity of Ino, from 2008 to 2013).

From 2013 onwards, the discovery of therapeutic hypnosis allowed her to better understand the functions of the brain, explore altered states of consciousness and find new methods to guide her students onto the path of realisation.

In recent years, Kankyo has devoted herself to writing, giving talks, sharing her passion for Zen Buddhism and, most importantly, exploring the wonders of nature. In 2018, she received the Dharma transmission "Shiho" from her master Reigen Wang-Genh, a traditional ceremony that officially authorises her to teach Soto Zen Buddhism and accept students.

Since 2019, she has launched a project that is particularly close to her heart: the KIBO farm in Alsace, which combines Buddhist spirituality, animal welfare, community life and permaculture practice.

Kankyo Tannier is also author of numerous books on everyday spirituality, which have been translated into 16 languages. As such, she conducts trainings in various countries (Brazil, China, Mexico, Germany...) in French, English or German language.


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