Discovering the practice of Soto Zen, learning to meditate and finding a place of practice in a town or in a monastery.
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The 2017 brochure of the zen monastery Ryumonji ( France) has been issued! In colour, with many explanations, pieces of information and a presentation of events for the year 2017. In this booklet you will also find information on all the places of practice connected to the monastery in France, Germany, Austria… A thousand thanks to the creators Georg Kangen Baumewerd and François Rinryu Busson. Have a good read!
Spring's long term zen retreat - 3 weeks - is the opportunity to discover or strengthen the practice of zen meditation and experience the life of the monks in a Buddhist temple. The days at the temple are organized around meditation periods (zazen), teachings, ceremonies, meals shared in silence, activities for the community (samou) and periods of exchanges with others.
This two-day retreat is specifically designed for people who have never practised Zen meditation before, or have been practising for only a short time. The schedule offers the possibility to learn zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), hear lectures and take ritual meals in silence. The participants can thus experience a traditional Buddhist retreat in the Soto Zen School: a century-old practice penetrating all aspects of daily life.
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.
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.