"Discover Zen" preparation from 10 to 14 August


Our modern lives lack calm and serenity. This "Discover Zen" week will give you a complete immersion in the daily life of a Zen monastery.

Step by step, day by day, you'll be accompanied as you discover Zen meditation and meditation in action, at the heart of everyday life.

The formal teachings will be given by Master Olivier Reigen Wang-Genh, a practitioner of Buddhism for over 50 years. Discussions with participants are planned, and individual interviews are available on request.

The meditation sessions will be of suitable length for beginners.

Each day will include a body practice to prepare for zazen: stretching, work on the fascias, yoga asanas to help you get into the zazen posture.



  • To discover the practice and teachings of a two-thousand-year-old spirituality that is particularly relevant today.  
  • To rediscover inner peace and stability.
  • To get to know yourself better and anchor yourself in your body and the present moment.


  • This programme is particularly suitable for beginners, those interested in discovering Zen meditation and the practice of Zen in everyday life.
  • For people wishing to experience a community life imbued with values such as benevolence, generosity and respect for life.
  • Classes are bilingual, French and German.

DISCOVERING ZEN: (3 zazen - meditation sessions per day) : 
Arrival: 9 August from 6 pm.
From 10 August to 14 August. The timetable is divided between meditation, teaching, samu (voluntary activity in the service of the community) and rituals. There are plenty of explanations for beginners: how to practise on a daily basis, how to concentrate, how to calm your emotions, how to breathe more easily... 
A convivial meal is served on Tuesday evenings. Departure in the afternoon of 13 August.


(Teaching, accommodation and meals included)

  • "Discovering Zen" preparation 5 days: 213 € / 142 €
  • Bed sheet rental: 6 €
  • To participate in the activities of the monastery, you must be a member of the Association of the Zen Temple of Weiterswiller. Annual fee: 15 €. 

INFORMATION : The Community of Communes of Hanau La Petite Pierre has introduced a tourist tax on the territory to contribute to the development of tourism activities. This tourist tax is applicable from May 1st 2022 at a rate of 80 cents per person per night (to pay in addition to the sesshin).

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  • For meditation (zazen): kimono OR comfortable, dark clothing for practice. If you have a zafu (black or brown meditation cushion), you can bring it. 
  • For meals: bowl + spoon + fork + a large dark napkin to wrap the bowl + a small white handkerchief-type napkin.
  • For the beds: single duvet cover + single fitted sheet + pillowcase - Sleeping bags not allowed. 
  • For everyday use: shoes and work clothes, sandals or flip-flops (to be removed easily), slippers for indoors.
  • Please bring biodegradable hygiene products.
  • Possibility to borrow some items on site. 

Some items are for sale at the temple store. 

Note: mobile phones must be completely switched off throughout the monastery in order to maintain a quiet atmosphere. Possibility to make phone calls in the car parks.


By train
If you need to arrive at Ingwiller station, please coordinate your arrival with the secretariat.




As a participant, we offer you the opportunity to organise car pooling so that you can share the cost while reducing your carbon footprint. And all this while sharing a moment of conviviality with other retreatants :)

The link for the carpooling will be published later.




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