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Long Stays

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. 

See practical information to prepare your stay.

See the calendar.

Do not hesitate to contact us to see the possibilities of retreats according to the calendar.

Registrations exclusively by mail ( info@meditation-zen.org ). We speak French, German and English.

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Kinhin, méditation en marchant

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
18h45-19h15 Dîner
20h30- 21h45 Zazen - zen meditation
20h30- 21h45 Bedtime

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