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New Year's sesshin from December 29 to January 1

Join us in welcoming the New Year with a three-day sesshin and a spiritual night.

Each month Master Reigen Wang-Genh leads retreats of various lengths. The sesshins are open to all, beginners and advanced alike, and are an opportunity for everyone to dive into the heart of the zen Sôtô experiencing a practice passed down through the centuries permeating all aspects of daily life.

The sesshin involves 4 sessions of zazen - sitting meditation - per day, interspersed with samu (participation in the common tasks at the monastery), silent meals and ceremonies.

Master Wang-Genh gives teachings on different themes. There will be opportunities to ask him questions in individual talks - dokusan - or in assembly - mondo. It is also possible to ask him questions by email which he will answer during the mondo.

The sesshin will end with a spiritual night: zazen 25 minutes, kinhin 10 minutes, zazen 25 minutes etc. until midnight, followed by a New Year drink.

The sesshin will take place from December 29 to January 1. Arrival on Tuesday December 28 at 5pm.The first zazen of the new year will take place on January 1 after breakfast. Departure after lunch and cleaning of the rooms (around 3 pm).

All health and safety regulations are in place at Ryumonji. They will be communicated to you when you register.
We ask for your personal commitment to respect them. This is to take care of our health as well as that of others. Please bring a negative PCR or antigen test less than 48 hours old. Those who are fully vaccinated can also bring a certificate of vaccination.


(Teachings, accomodation and meals included)

  • New Year's Sesshin and Spiritual Night (28 December to 1 January): €204 (€148 for students and unemployed)
  • New Year's Sesshin (28 December to 31 December noon): €151 (€111 for students and jobseekers).
  • 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 €. 

Registration here

or write an email to

To support your zazen practice - zen meditation - Master Wang-Genh has recorded a series of thematic videos.

They are available in French, with English subtitles. You need to enable the subtitles. The views were taken at the Zen monastery Ryumonji ( Alsace) where Master Wang-Genh most often resides.

Videos - How to meditate? With Master Wang-Genh



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