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|
|9:15 - 12:00 a.m||Samu - community activity ( garden, kitchen, cleaning... )|
|11.30 a.m||some mornings : teachings|
|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|
|6:15 p.m||Zazen - sitting meditation - 1 or 2 periods|
|7:45 p.m||Evening meal in silence|
|9:30 p.m||Kaichin - bedtime|
Prices - except special programs
One month: 415 € / 305 €
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
|6h00||Wake Up bell|
|6h30-8h15||Zazen - Zen meditation - then morning ceremony.|
|8h15-9h00||Gen-mai - silent meal + coffee, tea, toast|
|9h50-10h30||Explanations on practice|
|11h00-12h30||Zazen & Teisho - teaching by master Wang-Genh|
|12h30-13h15||Oryokis meal - silent ritual + coffee, tea|
|14h45-17h00||Samou - service for the community|
|17h30-18h45||Zazen and mondo - questions-answers with the Master|
|20h30- 21h45||Zazen - zen meditation|