Calligraphie au monastère zen Ryumonji

Zen and creativity

Chinese Calligraphie - With Jacques Kugen Foussadier

This course introduces beginners to the subtle art of the brush stroke, basic kanji (japanese characters), and appropriate posture and breathing. For experienced students, the course offers a deeper knowledge of kanji and composition. 

Please bring a calligraphy brush, ink, and paper. Beginners can purchase necessary materials at the monastery. 

Jacques Kugen Foussadier was born in Paris on December 8 1942. After seven years of study at Beaux-Arts de Rouen and Paris, he followed the encouragement of his teachers and began to practice Asian arts. In  1969, he began a long apprenticeship with Master Ung-No Lee. Thus began his study of brush, ink, and rice paper: calligraphy, that unforgiving art which is mirror of one´s state of mind.  

Jaques followed the only path to master this subtle art: concentration and endless repetition, which unifies the subject and the object on the deepest level. This repetition allows the calligraphy to emerge as naturally as spring water.  

Workshop led by Jacques Kugen Foussadier is an artist in three areas :

  • Calligraphy
  • Chinese ink painting
  • Stamp engraving which he develops to create new compositions

For more information, please follow the links : calendrier and infos pratiques.


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Qi Gong au monastère zen Ryumonji ( Alsace France )

QiGong? It seems that this training course is exceptional!

People leave enchanted. QiGong exercises (Qi = vital energy; Gong = exercises) were developped centuries ago in china. They aim to improve energy flows in the body and contribute to maintaining good health Using basic physical movements blocages and muscular tensions are released and posture is sharpened. The workshop is intended for both beginners and people experienced in QiGong wishing to spend a few days practicing in the calm of the temple.

Workshop led by : Stefan Reimon Müller-Hieke, a Zen Monk who has practiced QiGong for about twenty years guided by various teachers. He qualified as a teacher under the Shaolin monk Shi Xingui as well as with disciples of the american taoist master Bruce Frantzis.


Stage de Shiatsu

- Communication by touch

Shiatsu (finger pressure) is a technique of Japanese origin whose theoretical foundations are derived from traditional Chinese medicine. By acting on all meridians, shiatsu, listening to the patient and his ailments, harmonizes the circulation of Qi in the body, releases tensions or blockages and rebalances the body's main functions.

The workshop is hands-on, where you will learn the basic postures and gestures of shiatsu (katas). It also includes practical sessions (self-massage and flexible stretching) whose beneficial effects are felt both in daily life and in the practice of zazen.

Theoretical elements on Qi, meridians, Yin-Yang and the diagnosis of Hara will be discussed.

By acting on all the meridians, shiatsu, listening to the patient and his ailments,
harmonizes the circulation of Qi (energy) in the body, soothes tensions and energizes the body and stagnant areas to rebalance the main functions of the body. Considering be as a whole, shiatsu does not separate the body and mind and acts on physical, physiological, mental, emotional and psychic functions.
The workshop is practice-oriented, you will be introduced to a benevolent shiatsu, you will learn to learn the katas (basic postures and gestures) for a shiatsu that is both invigorating and relaxing, effective for yourself or your loved ones.
We will also do do-in (self-massage and soft stretching) with beneficial effects
in the practice of meditation and in daily life. We will study the theoretical elements on Qi, Yin-Yang, meridians...


Workshop led by : Closely linked to Japan and its traditions, Christine Marie Bottin studied Japanese and worked on traditional arts, transmission, artistic and craft practices, Buddhism.

A disciple of Master Taisen Deshimaru, she began practicing zazen in 1978 and was ordained a nun in 1981. Since 2009, she has been studying and practicing shiatsu from the Iokai school taught by K. Sasaki (direct lineage of S. Masunaga).

Davantage de renseignements sont disponibles dans les rubriques calendrier et infos pratiques.

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