Where to Practice?
To begin the practice of Zen Buddhism and sitting meditation (zazen), several possibilities are available to you:
Find a dojo near you
These are practice centres in cities that organize meditation sessions once or several times a week. Almost every medium-sized city in Europe has a dojo. Here are different ways to find them:
- List of dojos connected to Ryumonji Monastery (lineage of Master Wang-Genh)
- List of the dojos of the International Zen Association (founded in the 70's by Master Deshimaru )
- list of centers and monasteries affiliated to the Japanese Soto Zen School in Europe ( Soto Shu )
Retreat at Ryumonji Monastery
You can come for a few days or for several months. The different retreats possibilities are described in the following section : Activities and retreats.
These retreats will allow you to learn Zazen, Zen meditation and to share the daily life of monks and nuns. Some themes: sesshin (intensive meditation retreat), silent retreat, Zen at work, family retreat, plant care...
Learning meditation at Ryumonji monastery
Upon request, a discovery session of Zen meditation (zazen) can be organized. It is led by an experienced monk or nun.
Information : 03 88 89 26 02
Zazen (Zen meditation) times at the monastery:
|Tuesday||6:30am & 6:15pm|
|Wednesday||6:30am & 6:15pm|
|Thursday||6:30am & 6:15pm|
|Friday||6:30am & 6:15pm|
|Saturday||7:00am & 18:15pm|
Sessions open to the public: do not hesitate to join us!
Please arrive 15 minutes before the indicated time. Prior registration recommended: 03 88 89 26 02.
Please note: depending on the week's programme, these times may change. To check the schedule, please call us in the morning between 9:30 and 12:00 am on 03 88 89 26 02 (except Monday - week-end ok).