Sesshins, meditation retreats

Each month Master Reigen Wang-Genh directs retreats ranging from three to nine days in length. These retreats are open to everyone; for both beginners and ordained people alike, sesshins are an opportunity to delve into the heart of Soto Zen. This experience allows participants to experience a practice that has been transmitted through the centuries which affects all aspects of daily life.  Sesshins are comprised of four sessions of zazen (seated meditattion) per day, divided by samu (communal work), silent meals, and cermonies. Master Wang-Genh gives lectures on various themes. Practitioners are also given the opportunity to ask questions either one to one (dokusan) with Master Wang-Genh, or during zazen (mondo). There is also an experienced monk or nun responsible for helping beginners during the retreat. 


Spring and Summer Sesshins

Twice a year, in spring and summer, retreats of eight and nine days take place at the monastery. These sesshins provide perfect conditions both for a reunion for regular practitioners, and a welcome for beginners. A jukai ceremony (receiving the precepts) takes place on the final day of the retreat. 




In order to maintain a peaceful atmosphere, mobile phones and the use of the internet are not permitted during sesshins. It is possible to use your phone outside of the monastery. Books on Zen Buddhism are available at the monastery´s library. 


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






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