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To celebrate the new year together we are delighted to invite you to our "New Year zen meditation's retreat 2017" at Ryumonji monastery. BEGINNERS WELCOME!!
New: ZAZEN, the movie! Now available online for free!
Find all about the retreats in a Soto Zen monastery in Europe: daily schedule, how to meditate, activities, the spirit of Zen Buddhist practice, the teachings of Master Dogen, etc.
A documentary shot at the Ryumonji monastery – Alsace, France / purchasable in DVD format and now online for free since November 2016.
Director: Stanislas Wang-Genh
Over the past few months, many people came to the monastery for a first retreat. In order to help go back to daily life and to suggest some ideas for a day-to-day practice, we sent them the information below. You may find it useful too.
The Dharma Combat ceremony (Shusso Hosen Shiki) is a traditional Soto Zen Buddhism ritual, concerning senior monks and nuns who have to prove their commitment. The ceremony takes place in front of the practitioners’ assembly and is led by the abbot of the monastery, Zen Master Olivier Reigen Wang-Genh. A high-ranking monk bearing the title of Sei-Kyoshi vouches for the ceremony by his or her presence. We will therefore have the honour to welcome nun Yusho Sasaki Roshi, in charge of the Japanese Soto Zen School in Europe.
Zazen, seated meditation
Zazen, seated meditation, is the practice which allowed the Buddha to attain enlightenment 2600 years ago. It is the heart of Zen Buddhism, during which attention is placed on the exact alignment of the posture, the natural flow of the breath, and the rise and fall of thoughts. Zazen is also known as Shikantaza or simply sitting. Regular practice of zazen generates a peaceful mind, a clear spirit, and can create true stability in the midst of the many challenges inherent in human existence. The secret of Zen is to simply sit, without goals or expectations of profit, while focused on the seated posture.
Zazen the movie
Documentary filmed in Zen Temple Ryumon Ji at Weiterswiller in Alsace.
Teisho given during the retreat from february 2015 about the story of the old man who wanted to live forever. The magic of kito and finally the question of why we practice zazen.
Teisho given during the retreat from summer 2014 on the place we give to our emotions and thoughts.
Ryumon Ji Monastery : Dragon Gate temple of the Ancient Mountain
Situated betwen a vast forest of several thousand acres and the small village of Weiterswiller (50 km north of Strasbourg), Ryumon Ji Monastery consists of several buildings at the centre of which lies the Buddhist chapel. There is also a vegetable garden, a flower garden, a garden of medicinal herbs, and a rock garden.
Master Deshimaru Roshi
The house of Dâna is a three-floor building located in the enclosure of the Ryumon Ji monastery.
There is a Buddhist chapel on the top floor, accessible from the street and open to the public. On this floor, there is also a room for teaching and kesa sewing. The ground floor houses the dojo (meditation room), surrounded by wooden terraces and a stone garden. The basement is reserved for various works with a workshop and storage rooms.
Sitz : Offenburg
Vorsitzender : Konrad Tenkan Beck
Postanschrift : Förderkreis Ryumonji
c/o Beck Marktplatz 3 D 91438 Bad Windsheim
mail : beck-buero(at)web.de
Bitte sprechen Sie uns an, wenn Sie Ansprechpartner suchen in den Dojos oder im Ryumon Ji. Gerne stehen wir für allgmeine Auskünfte zur Verfügung.