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From thursday 9th (7:30pm) to sunday 12th (3pm) of october the japanese zen master Saikawa Roshi will be present in Ryumonji monastery (Alsace-France) where he will direct a sesshin, a meditation retreat. This will be a unique occasion to hear the gentle and profound teachings of soto zen buddhism. Beginners are, as always, most welcome.
This two day retreat is especialy designed for people who have little or no experience of buddhist meditation. The program mixes learning zazen (sitting meditation) kinhin (walking meditation), conferences and silent ritual meals. Participants will experience a traditional soto zen buddist retreat, coming to us from centuries ago and penetrating all aspects of daily life.
The 15th anniversary of the foundation of the buddhist monastery in Weiterswiller was well covered in the media. Below you will find several press articles, interviews and videos.
Good souvenirs for we zen practitioners and an opportunity for the public to discover the site .
Zazen, seated meditation
Zazen, seated meditation, is the practice which allowed the Buddha to attain enlightenment 2600 years ago. It is the heart of Zen Buddhism, during which attention is placed on the exact alignment of the posture, the natural flow of the breath, and the rise and fall of thoughts. Zazen is also known as Shikantaza or simply sitting. Regular practice of zazen generates a peaceful mind, a clear spirit, and can create true stability in the midst of the many challenges inherent in human existence. The secret of Zen is to simply sit, without goals or expectations of profit, while focused on the seated posture.
Ryumon Ji Monastery : Dragon Gate temple of the Ancient Mountain
Situated betwen a vast forest of several thousand acres and the small village of Weiterswiller (50 km north of Strasbourg), Ryumon Ji Monastery consists of several buildings at the centre of which lies the Buddhist chapel. There is also a vegetable garden, a flower garden, a garden of medicinal herbs, and a rock garden.
Master Deshimaru Roshi
The house of Dâna is a three-floor building located in the enclosure of the Ryumon Ji monastery.
There is a Buddhist chapel on the top floor, accessible from the street and open to the public. On this floor, there is also a room for teaching and kesa sewing. The ground floor houses the dojo (meditation room), surrounded by wooden terraces and a stone garden. The basement is reserved for various works with a workshop and storage rooms.
Sitz : Offenburg
Vorsitzender : Konrad Tenkan Beck
Postanschrift : Förderkreis Ryumonji
c/o Beck Marktplatz 3 D 91438 Bad Windsheim
mail : beck-buero(at)web.de
Bitte sprechen Sie uns an, wenn Sie Ansprechpartner suchen in den Dojos oder im Ryumon Ji. Gerne stehen wir für allgmeine Auskünfte zur Verfügung.