Over the past few months, many people came to the monastery for a first retreat. In order to help go back to daily life and to suggest some ideas for a day-to-day practice, we sent them the information below. You may find it useful too.
- Stay connected with a Sangha
- Follow the teachings of zen master Olivier Reigen Wang-Genh
- Set up your daily rituals
At the temple, the conditions are rather ideal. It is easy to get up early, to stay focused, and to forget the daily worries. At home, at work, with your family, you can also follow a spiritual practice. So, once you get back home, how can you maintain these good habits and – why not? – go further?
1. Stay connected with a Sangha
The “sangha” is the community of practitioners. A group of persons, elder practitioners, mutual supportive people.
Find a place to practice near to your home
- A place linked to the monastery / dojo
- A place of the International Zen Association, our mother house
Practice online with " Zen Online "
Microphones have been installed in the dojo and the chapel of the monastery. They are turned on at each zazen and ceremony and retransmitted on our website.
How does it work? It's very simple: an audio player is on this page, press play ( and turn up the sound ;-) No need for a password.
The system is available for smartphones through the browser and tablets.
To come regularly to the monastery
You will be able to deepen your practice, ask questions to the master as well as to the monks and nuns, and advance on a spiritual path that is both ancient and extremely adapted to modern society. Once or twice a year, or more if you can.
Find the news on our social networks
In order to create links with practitioners and spread the word about Zen, we are present on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Also available is the closed group "La Sangha du Dragon", created and animated by sangha practitioners. Friendly atmosphere. Condition of membership: to have already come to the temple.
2. Follow the teachings of Master Wang-Genh
video and audio
On our Youtube channel "Soto Ryumonji Zen Buddhism" :
- Teaching videos on Buddhism from Master Wang-Genh - French / English
- Reports on the monastery since 2001
Subscribe to teachings
The kusen are teachings given during zazen, sitting meditation. They are systematically recorded and re-transcribed. If you wish to subscribe to receive them regularly by email (in text form), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free - donations welcome
3. Set up your daily rituals
The rituals are repeated practices with a deep meaning. They give a sense to our existence. Because they are repeated, they set our lives on track, without having to appeal to will power.
- Light incense each morning to start the day and recite the four vows :
As many as there are beings, I vow to save them all
As many as the illusions are, I vow to appease them all.
As many as the doors of Dharma are, I vow to pass through them all...
As perfect as the Buddha's Way is, I vow to fulfill it.
- Find one or more fixed days in your week to do zazen, in order to install a habit of behavior.
- Try as often as possible to take your meals in silence.
- At the end of each day, end it with 3 prostrations, to end the day in a spiritual way and make a vow to continue the practice