Irene Kaigetsu Baker

Irene Kaigetsu Baker

Irène Kaigetsu Bakker (1945) is a Zen teacher; became a Buddhist in 1989 and has been a Zen practitioner since 1995.monk. She practiced Zen from 1986 – 2011 under the guidance of the American Zen master Genpo Merzel, of which full-time in the Kanzeon Zen . for six years Center in Salt Lake City (USA).
Since her meeting with Roshi Joan Halifax during a Zen Peacemaker retreat in Auschwitz in 1996, Irène has worked closely with her, both in the field of end-of-life care and Zen training in Zen Center Effort in Santa Fe (NM).
In 2012, Irène received dharma transmission from Joan Halifax, becoming a fully authorized Zen priest and teacher (Sensei) in the White Plum Asangha transfer line. She received the name 'Kaigetsu' (Ocean Moon) in addition to the dharma name 'Kyojo' (Jewel Mirror Samadhi) which she received in 1989 from Genpo Merzel.
Irène Bakker leads Zen Spirit since 2004, with zen groups in Arnhem, Groningen, Mantgum, Rosmalen and Geldermalsen. In addition, in addition to silent retreats, she also regularly provides training and workshops on coping with dying, including for people who work in healthcare. As a systemic therapist she worked for seven years with people with cancer in the psycho-oncological center 'Het Behoudt Huys' in Haren (Gr) and also had her own therapeutic practice. Irène Bakker is a consultant in end-of-life care for the Buddhist Union of the Netherlands (BUN) and 'Spirit holder' for the Zen Peacemakers Low Countries.
Irène is mother of two sons and a daughter and proud 'Omi' of nine grandchildren.