Sesshin + Ceremony + Teachings + Receiving the Precepts + Taking Refuge (Jukai) - From 17. to 21. January


The sesshin (Zen meditation retreat) + teachings + ceremony will take place from 17 to 21 January.  During the sesshin, the Jukai ceremony will take place.

In the life of a Zen practitioner, the ceremony of Jukai is a crucial step. It consists in receiving the precepts (Kai) of the Bodhisattva and, by doing so, of taking refuge in the three treasures: Buddha, Dharma, Sangha.

  • Arrival on the evening of Tuesday 17th of January for all persons wishing to receive the precepts.
  • Teachings on January 17 - 18
  • Sesshin from Friday 19th to Sunday 21th of January (Jukai ceremony). 

Important! These teachings on the theme of "Jukai" are open to all, even to people who have already done the ceremony or wish to do so later.



Different rituals are associated with this ceremony, making the whole one particularly strong moment:

  • writing a letter to master Wang-Genh to express one’s wish to receive the precepts and describing one’s path.
  • having an individual conversation with the Jukai Master
  • symbolically cutting the first lock of hair during the ceremony
  • receiving a rakusu and an ordination name
  • You can sew the rakusu yourself and bring it or buy it at the temple for a certain amount (please ask for the amount at the temple). These are sewn by older practitioners. For those who sew themselves, it is advisable to start sewing before jukai week, as the days are very busy during that week. Finishing is possible under the guidance of elders such as Anette Seigyo Beck and Walter Eko Krepulat.



(Enseignement, hébergement et repas inclus)

  • For the full retreat: 276€ ( 186 € for students and unemployed)
  • Sesshin from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 January: 153 € / 109 €
  • Registration fee for those attending the Jukai ceremony: 50 €
  • Have a donation (fuse) ready for the teacher.
  • 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 €. 


In order to register, please write an email to:


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, amount may vary in 2024).



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 :)

Click on the link below to go straight to the event created especially for you. All you need to do is

  • offer one or more places in your vehicle. For the sake of organisation, we ask you to enter your full name and to specify the main stages of your journey for better readability for potential passengers. You can also specify the cost of each passenger (services such as ViaMicheln or Mappy will enable you to calculate the overall cost of your journey)
  • ask for a carpooling solution if you do not have a car. By specifying your place of departure, or the place where you could find a car owner, drivers will know if they can meet your request or not.

Whether you are a driver or a passenger, the platform allows you to exchange messages with each other at any time to request information or simply agree on the details of your trip together.

Shall we travel together ?

Have a nice trip !

To register, please click on the button below: 


CARPOOLING RYUMONJI - Sesshin Friday-Sunday



  • 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.


A Typical "Daily Life" Day

6:00 a.m Shinrei  - Wake-up bell
6:30 a.m Zazen - sitting meditation1 or 2 periodes
7:30 a.m Choka - ceremony for the good all beings
8:00 a.m Genmai - ritual breakfast in silence
8:30 a.m Coffee - tea - toast
9:30 - 12:00 a.m Samou - community activity
12:30 - 1:00 p.m Meal in silence
1.00 - 2.45 p.m Break - personal study
2:45 - 5:30 p.m Samou - community activity
5:30 p.m Break - personal study
6:45 p.m Zazen - sitting meditation1 or 2 periodes
8:15 p.m Evening meal
9:30 p.m Kaichin - bedtime


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.

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