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Sesshin January 21 to 23 - Jukai

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. 

These sesshins involve 4 sessions of zazen - sitting meditation - per day, interspersed with samu (group work), 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 take place from 21st to 23rd of January. Arrival on Thursday 20th of January at 5pm. Introductory conference scheduled for around 7pm. Departure on Sunday 23rd of Januray after lunch.

During this sesshin will take place the ceremony for the transmission of the bodhisattva precepts - Jukai. For those who wish to receive the precepts, arrival is on Tuesday January 18 in the evening, in order to participate in the teachings on the precepts on January 19-20. Everybody interested is also free to participate. For more information, see here:

Infos Jukai

All health security rules are in place at Ryumonji. They will be communicated to you upon arrival.
We ask for a 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 antigenic test less than 48 hours old. Those with a complete vaccination can also bring a certificate of vaccination. Those with a complete vaccination can also bring a certificate of vaccination.


(Teaching, accommodation and meals included)

  • Sesshin: 141 / 107 € (for students and job seekers) 
  • Jukai teachings + sesshin: 255/ 178 € (for students or 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 sesshin >

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To bring

  • 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 
  • Possibility to borrow some items on site. 

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.


Sesshin programme

Subject to change 

Friday / Saturday

6h00 am Wake up
6h30-8h15 am Zazen - Zen meditation - then morning ceremony
8h15-9h00 am Gen-mai - traditional silent meal - then coffee
9h50-10h30 am Explanations about the practice
11h00-12h30 am Zazen & Teisho - teaching by Master Wang-Genh
12h30-1h15 pm Lunch in silence - coffee
2h45-5h00 pm Samu
5h30-6h45 pm Zazen and mondo - question and answer with the Master
6h45-7h15 pm Dinner
8h30-9h45 pm Zazen - Zen meditation - then evening ceremony
10h15 pm Sleep


6h00 am Wake up
6h30-8h15 am Zazen, morning ceremony
8h15-9h00 am Gen-mai, coffee
9h30-10h30 am Samu
11h00 Ceremony for the transmission of the precepts
Around 1pm Lunch - coffee

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

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