Willigis Jäger (1925-2020)

Farewell to Willigis

His Legacy

Willigis Jäger embodied a non-denominational contemporary spirituality that aims to provide answers to the pressing questions of people in the 21st century. As a Zen master and contemplation teacher, he was influenced by both Christian mysticism and Eastern Zen, going beyond both religions to what underlies all spiritual paths of the West and East.

His understanding of the Western-Eastern wisdom was based on the philosophia perennis, which finds its current expression in integrative thinking and action. Part of this vision involves incorporating modern natural sciences and economic-political-social action in which our exercise is manifested in everyday life.

His vision of a global and interfaith spirituality was expressed in numerous books and audio/video publications. Willigis Jäger was the founder of the Benediktushof and was confirmed as a Zen (Chinese Chan) master by both Japanese and Chinese Zen lines. In 2009, he founded the Zen lineage „Empty Cloud“ and in 2010, the contemplation lineage „Cloud of Unknowing.“

He was a co-founder of the foundation „West-Östliche Weisheit – Willigis Jäger Foundation,“ which aims to explore, develop and promote contemporary spirituality. In 2016 he gave up active teaching and lecturing.

On March 20, 2020, shortly after his 95th birthday, he peacefully passed away. As he wished, he was buried in the monastery cemetery of Münsterschwarzach Abbey, where he remained a member until the end of his life, and was lovingly accompanied and cared for by those close to him until the end.