Many a time in my youth, I sat down for long hours in zazen,
Hoping to master by practice the art of quiet breathing.
What virtue I now have in me to foster my heart’s peace,
I owe it to the hard discipline I underwent in my youth.
Ryôkan (1758-1831) Japanese monk-poet of the Edo period.
Another encounter with the Way at the forest Temple, one more occasion in an optimal setting to see ourselves with the powerful practice of zazen.
The sesshin, directed by the Ven. Barbara Kosen, coincides with the date of the First of November’s Bank Holiday, and conforms to the traditional parameters: arrival on the 31st during the evening and before the dinner (8:00 p.m.) that marks the start of the sesshin. Beginners will be given an introduction class about the behaviour in the dojo and indications so that the posture is as accurate as possible. Accomodation available in dormitory, cabins or dojo. On Friday 1 and Saturday 2 the schedule comprises four zazen sessions, and on Sunday 3 two sessions. In the intervals between sittings the participants keep the concentration while performing Samu activities related to the operation of the temple. The sesshin ends with everybody gathered for a kan-pai or toast and a special meal.
The price is 100 euros. Those with financial constraints can benefit from a lower price of 80 euros.
Participants who are not members of the Zen Association Taisen Deshimaru must register and pay the annual fee of 20 euros. This can be done during the sesshin.
Contact and registration: 689 781 050 / firstname.lastname@example.org