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Stay at the monastery

You will find all practical information and registration details on this page. Registrations are made exclusively by e-mail ( info@meditation-zen.org )

To come and practise at the monastery at any time of the year, different possibilities are available to you. For example, it is possible to share the daily life of the monks and nuns, with a precise schedule, including several Zen meditation sessions (zazen), meals in silence, ceremonies, etc. These are called short- or long-term retreats.

It is also possible to register for thematic retreats (link to the "activities" section).

For any information, do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail or by phone at 0033. 3.88.89.26.02 - in the morning, from Tuesday to Sunday.

Here is the description of a typical day, apart from the special programs. The retreatant agrees to participate in all the activities mentioned below.

A Typical "Daily Life" Day

6:00 a.m :  Shinrei  - Wake-up bell

6:30 a.m : Zazen - sitting meditation - 1 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

9:15 - 12:00 a.m : Samu - community activity

11.30 a.m : some mornings :  teachings

12:30 - 1:00 p.m : Meal in silence

11.00 - 12.45 p.m : Break -  personal study

12:45 - 5:00 p.m : Samu - community activity

5:00 p.m : Break - personal study

6:15 p.m : Zazen - sitting meditation - 1 or 2 periodes

7:45 p.m : Evening meal

9:30 p.m : Kaichin - bedtime

VIDEO - A report from the TV channel France 3

Shot on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the foundation of the monastery in 2019. Some pictures of the gardens and an interview with Master Wang-Genh, the abbot of the monastery, on the theme of meditation.

VIDEO - COMMENT SE DEROULE UNE RETRAITE DE MEDITATION ZEN ? ( IN FRENCH )

How does a Zen retreat work? What are the learnings and the trials that can await the retreatant? Interviews with beginners, Buddhist monks and nuns and Zen Master Olivier Reigen Wang-Genh. Report by Ophélie Bleichner, for TV8 - 2018

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