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ZEN AND CREATIVITY 26 - 27 SEPTEMBER 2020

The history of Zen through the centuries and countries has always shown remarkable creativity. All the arts directly resulting from this practice of presence and unity in the moment, the art of flowers, calligraphy, painting, poetry or pottery for example, express creativity and spontaneity with the work as it is, without trying to correct or transform it.

During this weekend at Ryumonji, the participants will be able to express in each activity, in the context of the life of the monastery, this presence in the moment with all that it has of soothing and deeply inspiring. They will also learn the practice of Zazen, Zen meditation, guided by experienced monks and nuns.
 
Each day as a whole will then become for the participants the source of their creativity and unity with the world.

All health safety rules are in place at Ryumonji. They will be communicated to you when you register.
We ask you to make a personal commitment to respect them. This is in order to take care of our health as well as that of others.

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SHIATSU AND DÔ-IN

RELIEVE YOUR TENSIONS, REGAIN ENERGY, WELL-BEING AND CONFIDENCE 

Shiatsu (finger pressure) is a manual technique of Japanese origin whose fundamental principles come from traditional Chinese medicine. 

By acting on all the meridians, shiatsu, by listening to the patient and his ailments, harmonises the circulation of Qi (energy) in the body, soothes tensions and energises stagnant areas to rebalance the main functions of the body. Considering the being as a whole, shiatsu does not separate body and mind and acts on the physical, physiological, mental, emotional and psychic functions.

The workshop is focused on the practice, you will be initiated to a benevolent shiatsu, you will learn the katas (basic postures and  gestures) for a shiatsu both toning and relaxing, effective for yourself or your loved ones. 

We will also do do-in (self-massage and soft stretching) with beneficial effects in the practice of meditation and in everyday life.
We will study the theoretical elements on Qi, Yin-Yang, meridians...

Shiatsu is practiced with clothes on, the touch is respectful, attentive and adapted.

Intimately linked to Japan and its traditions, Christine Marie Bottin studied Japanese and worked on traditional arts, transmission, artistic and craft practices and Buddhism. A disciple of Master Taisen Deshimaru, she began practicing zazen in 1978 and was ordained a nun in 1981. Since 2009, she has been studying and practicing shiatsu from the Iokai school taught by K. Sakaki (direct lineage of S. Masunaga) for individual or collective sessions (workshops, do-in).

Registrations : info@meditation-zen.org

 

ZEN AND CALLIGRAPHY

HARMONISE THE PRACTICE OF THE BODY AND THE ART OF CALLIGRAPHY

This workshop will allow beginners to learn the art of the brush, the line, the first kanji and of course the posture and breathing. For the more experienced, it will be an opportunity to deepen their knowledge of kanji and composition.

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Jacques Kugen Foussadier was born in Paris on 8.12.1942. After seven years of study at the Beaux-Arts of Rouen and Paris, encouraged by his masters, he turned towards the Orient. In 1969, he began with Master Ung-No Lee the long apprenticeship of brush, ink and rice paper: calligraphy, this art of line which reflects the state of mind and allows no repentance. There is only one way: concentration and tireless repetition, which unify subject and object in the deepest part of oneself and thus become able to make the work spring forth as naturally as a source.

Registrations : info@meditation-zen.org

ZEN AND QIGONG

IMPROVE THE FLOW OF ENERGY IN THE BODY

QiGong ? It seems that this training course is exceptional ! People leave delighted.

These QiGong exercises (Qi = vital energy; Gong = exercises) were developed centuries ago in China. They were designed to improve the flow of energy in the body and contribute to the maintenance of good health.

Through simple physical movements, blockages and (muscular) tensions are released and the posture becomes sharper. This course is aimed at both beginners and people who already know QiGong and wish to practice for a few days in a quiet environment.

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Stefan Reimon Müller-Hieke, Zen Monk, has been practicing QiGong for about 20 years under the guidance of various teachers.He was trained as a QiGong teacher with the monk Shaolin Shi Xingui and with the disciples of the American Taoist master Bruce Frantzis.

Registrations : info@meditation-zen.org

 

PRACTICAL INFORMATION 

Prices
Zen and Qi Gong: 175 euros / 130 euros for students or unemployed with proof of employment
Zen and calligraphy: 185 euros / 138 euros for students or unemployed with proof of employment
Zen and Shiatsu : 175 euros / 130 euros for students or unemployed with proof of employment

For all activities, compulsory membership of the association: 15 €.

Arrival on Friday 25 September. For newcomers, between 5 and 6.30 pm - for regulars between 5 and 8 pm. Welcome conference for newcomers: 19h. Lunch at 8.30 pm. Departure on Sunday 27 September in the late afternoon.

 

INDICATIVE PROGRAMME

6:00 : Wake-up bell

6:30 : zazen, sitting meditation

7:30 : ceremony

8:00-8:30 : genmai, ritual breakfast with sutra singing

9:00-12:00 : Zen and Creativity workshop

12:30-13:00 : vegetarian meal based on organic products taken from oryoki (traditional bowls)

14:30-17:00 : Zen and Creativity workshop

18:45-20:00 : zazen (sitting meditation), teaching by Master Wang-Genh. Evening ceremony and offering of the day for the good of all beings.

20:15 : vegetarian evening meal

 

TO BRING

Equipment is provided for the different activities but you can bring your own.

For meditation (zazen): kimono OR comfortable dark clothes for practice + zafu (black or brown meditation cushion),

For meals: bowl + spoon + fork + a large dark cloth to wrap the bowl + a small white handkerchief type towel,

For the beds: duvet cover 1 person + fitted sheet 1 person + pillowcase - Attention: NO SLEEPING BAGS PLEASE!

Sheets rental : 6 € (2 € / piece)

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