At certain moments in our lives it can be beneficial to take a break from our routines for a few months, which can help resolve essential questions about the direction of our lives and our existence on this planet. The setting provided by a monastery is ideal for this purpose; it provides distance from our normal habits and routines while offering meaningful social interactions within a community.
In daily life, practitioners can easily abandon themselves to the rhythm of the zen monastery. This allows them to concentrate fully on each of their actions and re-learn the joy in the simple things in life. Within the community, practitioners also re-learn what it means harmonize with others in spite of our many different strengths and limitations.
Each month, several periods of more intensive retreats - sesshin - are scheduled (included in the monthly fee). Participation in these retreats is mandatory. The rest of the time, the days of the monastery follow the following schedule:
A Typical "Daily Life" Day
|6:00 a.m||Shinrei - Wake up bell|
|6:30 a.m||Zazen - sitting meditation - 1 or 2 periods|
|8:00 a.m||Choka - ceremony for the good all beings|
|8:30 a.m||Genmai - ritual breakfast in silence + Café, thé, tartines|
|9:30 - 12:00 a.m||Samu - community activity (garden, kitchen, cleaning...)|
|12:30 - 1:00 p.m||Meal in silence|
|1.00 - 2.45 p.m||Break - personnal studies|
|2:45 - 5:00 p.m||Samu - community activity (garden, kitchen, cleaning...)|
|5:00 p.m||Break - personnal studies|
|6:45 p.m||Zazen - sitting meditation - 1 or 2 periods|
|8:15 p.m||Evening meal in silence|
|9:30 p.m||Kaichin - bedtime|
Prices - except special programs
One month: 423 € / 311 €
This price includes teaching, accommodation, food and sesshins. It does not include other special programs (theme courses).
Membership of the association: 15 euros per year - necessary to be able to take part in the activities.
Registrations exclusively by mail : firstname.lastname@example.org. We speak French, German and English.
Typical day of a sesshin, intensive retreat
Subject to change without notice
FRIDAY / SATURDAY
|6:00 a.m||Wake Up bell|
|6:30 - 8:15 a.m||Zazen - Zen meditation - then morning ceremony.|
|8:15 - 9:00 a.m||Gen-mai - silent meal + coffee, tea, toast|
|9:30 - 10:30 a.m||Samu - community activity (garden, kitchen, cleaning...)|
|11:00 - 12:30 a.m||Zazen & Teisho - teaching by master Wang-Genh|
|12:30 - 1:15 p.m||Oryokis meal - silent ritual + coffee, tea|
|2:45 - 5:00 p.m||Samou - service for the community|
|5:30 - 6:45 p.m||Zazen and mondo - questions-answers with the Master|
|6:45 - 7:15 p.m||Dîner|
|8:30 - 9:45 p.m||Zazen - zen meditation|