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Summer Retreats 2021 - June, July, August and September

Since the time of the Buddha, certain periods of the year have been dedicated to long term spiritual retreats. These originally corresponded to the rainy season. 

Since then, this tradition has been carried on, and is now also being continued in Europe. A rare opportunity to withdraw from the world and devote oneself to the practice of zazen - Zen meditation. 

At Ryumonji Monastery, throughout the day, each activity allows for the practice of concentration to be fully experienced in the present moment. 

The participants follow the daily routine of the nuns and monks: Zen meditation (zazen), teachings, samu (service for the community), ceremonies. 

All teachings are given by Master Reigen Wang-Genh, who is assisted by experienced nuns and monks. 

Between June and August, several retreats are offered at special rates to allow practitioners to come and really immerse themselves in the heart of Zen practice for a long period:

 

2 possibilities for summer retreats

 

1. SUMMER SESSIONS - 9 days

  • From Saturday 10th to sunday 18th of July 2021*
  • From Saturday 14th to Sunday 22th of August 2021
     

Full retreat: 332 € (243 € at student or job seeker rate)
The first 5 days (preparation): 214 € (158 € at student or job seeker rate)
The last 3 days (sesshin) : 138 € (105 € at student or job seeker rate)

The 9-day retreat is divided into two parts:

  • Preparation (3 zazen per day): From Friday evening (6pm) to Thursday. The schedule is divided between meditation, teaching, samou (collective work) and rituals.
    There will also be moments of relaxation (a day of rest on Thursday). 
  • Sesshin (4 zazen per day): From Thursday (6pm) to Sunday (2.30pm), a more intensive period focused on zazen, Zen meditation.

REGISTRATION

 

*JUKAI - DURING THE SUMMER CAMP 10th-18th JULY: TRANSMISSION OF THE PRECEPTS

For all those wishing to receive the precepts at the Jukai ceremony, arrival is on the evening of Friday 9th of July.

Teachings on Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th of July. Day of rest on Thursday 15th of July.

Sesshin from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th July (Jukai ceremony). 

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

 

2. LONG TERM SUMMER RETREATS - 2 weeks

  • From Monday 9th to Sunday 22nd of August 2021. 

Rates: 281 € / 216 € (students, jobseekers)

REGISTRATION 

 

ATTENTION: The various activities that will take place during the summer are included in the prices of the long-term retreats and summer camps (but some of them involve a small additional fee).

The monastery will be closed from Sunday 19th of July to Friday 6th of August: the "Sesshin of the Great Sangha" takes place at the same time at the Zen temple of La Gendronnière: www.zen-azi.org

 

ACTIVITIES BETWEEN JUNE AND SEPTEMBER:

JUNE

SESSHIN

  • From 4th to 6th of June
  • From 18th to 20th of July
     

MY FIRST SESSHIN - Experience a retreat in a Zen Temple
From Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th of June 2021
Rate: 179 € (145 € for students and jobseekers)

 

KESA SEWING WEEKEND
From Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th of June 2021
Rate: 132 € (80 € for students and jobseekers)

 

JULY

FAMILY SESSHIN
From Saturday 3rd to Sunday 4th of July 2021
Rate: 179  € (145 € for students and jobseekers)

The indicated rate for the Family Sesshin concerns parents:

  • Children older than 15 years: 85 € / 75 €
  • Children 3 to 15 years old: 45 € / 35 €
  • Younger than 3 years: free (children must remain under the supervision of a parent at all times)

 

ZEN AND CREATIVITY
From Monday 5th to Friday 9th of July 2021

Rate: 400 € (291 € for students and jobseekers)

Zen shiatsu and do-in – Communication through touch – Christine Marie Bottin
Zen and calligraphy – Harmonising the practice of the body and the art of calligraphy – Jacques Kugen Foussadier
Zen and Qi Gong Stefan Reimon Müller-Hieke
Zen and kesa sewing – Anette Seigyo Beck

 

SEPTEMBER

SESSHIN IN SILENCE 

From 3rd to 5th of September 2021.

 

SESSHIN 

From 17th to 19th of September 2021.

 

ZEN AND CREATIVITY

From 25th to 26th of September 2021.

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