Workshop zen and creativity from the 2th to the 7th of july 2018


Over the centuries and across many countries Zen has always shown a remarkable creativity. All the arts related to this practice of presence and unity with the present moment be it flower arranging, calligraphy, painting, poetry or pottery express the creativity and spontaneity of the work as it is without seeking to correct or transform.



 

For these few days in Ryumonji participants will be able to practice this presence in the moment and discover, in the context of monastery life, its calm and deeply inspiring effect. 

They will also learn the practice of Zazen, zen meditation, guided by experienced monks and nuns.

For the participants each day will become a source of creativity and unity with the world.

 

Program Zen & Creativity

 

6:00 : Morning bell

6:30 : zazen, seated meditation

7:30 : ceremony

8:00-8:30 : genmai, ritualised breakfast chanting sutras

9:00-12:00 : workshops

12:30-13:00 : vegetarian and bio meal taken using oryoki (traditional bowls)

14:30-17:00 : workshops

18:45-20:00 : zazen (seated meditation), teaching by Maître Wang-Genh. Evening ceremony and offering the days work to all beings

20:15 : Evening meal (vegetarian)

 

The different workshops (choose one on registration) :

 

NEW IN 2018: “Cooking in a Zen monastery Zen”

 

“Cook the mountains… Eat the clouds…”

The preparation of food is a major practice. It concretely expresses the principle of interdependence of all things. While working with food, we can try out a sensory opening, while learning to focus on simple practical activities. Cooking then becomes the source of happiness, such as described by Zen master Dogen in the book “Instructions to the Zen cook”. To cook with “the spirit of the grandmother, while entirely turning our energy for the benefit of others.”

During this session, the participants will be able to discover the ancient principles of Zen cooking, learn some cooking recipes, and take part in the Community life of a Buddhist monastery. Teachings (teishos) on “the spirit of Zen cooking” will be also be given by Master Wang-Genh.

 

The speaker:

Christian Dosen Helbock is the disciple of Master Olivier Reigen Wang-Genh. He has been practising since 1991 and was ordained a Zen monk by Michel Missen Bovay in 1996. Since 1993, he holds the function of Tenzo (in charge of the kitchen) during sesshins (Zen retreats). For many years, he cooked in Austria, Switzerland and in France, at La Gendronnière temple, and regularly these last years at the Ryumon-ji monastery.

 

Zen and calligraphy, harmonising the use of the body and the art of calligraphy.

This workshop will enable beginners to discover the art of the brush, learn basic kanji and of course the appropriate posture and breathing. More experienced attendants can deepen their knowledge of kanji and composition.

 

 

Workshop led by:

 

Jacques Kugen Foussadier born in Paris on 8.12.1942. After seven years of fine arts studies in paris and rouen and encouraged by his teachers he turned to the east. In 1969 he started the long apprenticeship of brush, rice paper and ink with master Ung-No Lee. Calligraphy, this art of line which reflects the state of mind and allows of no correction. One single path, concentration and unending repetition unify subject and object and thus become the means of producing work as naturaly as a mountain spring produces water.

 

 

 

 

 

Zen and Chi-Kung

QiGong exercises (Qi = vital energy; Gong = exercises) were developped centuries ago in china. They aim to improve energy flows in the body and contribute to maintaining good health

Using basic physical movements blocages and muscular tensions are released and posture is sharpened.

The workshop is intended for both beginners and people experienced in QiGong wishing to spend a few days practicing in the calm of the temple.

 

 

Workshop led by:

Stefan Reimon Müller-Hieke, a Zen Monk who has practiced QiGong for about twenty years guided by various teachers.

He qualified as a teacher under the Shaolin monk Shi Xingui as well as with disciples of the american taoist master Bruce Frantzis.

 

 

 

 

Zen and ceramics : Construction and Raku firing

During this workshop you will learn the different methods of construction in ceramics (slab, coil and pinched). From this base you will build several pots. Next comes a phase of decoration and enameling followed by a RAKU firing. The work will be heated to 950°C before being removed, incandescent, from the kiln and plunged in sawdust. Always exciting! Thus we will see a full cycle of ceramic creation and each participant will leave with several finished pots or sculptures that they have made.

 

Workshop led by :

 

 

Véronique Bader has worked on ceramics for 20 years and was trained by teachers from various schools, some traditional potters, others artists. At the same time she followed courses at the Institut Européen des Arts Céramiques de Guebwiller and attended workshops with the renowned artist  Camille Virot. She regularly organises raku firings with groups of beginners, other artistsor for her own researches into texture, form and enamel. She will be assisted by Alan Cowderoy for this workshop.

 

program

Arrival monday evening (2th july), about 6pm, meal at 8:30pm
Départure satturday ( 7th july ), afternoon

Zen and caligraphy .................................................................................................................................... 369 € / 299 €

Zen and Chi-Kung ........................................................................................................................................... 369 € / 299 €

Zen and ceramics ....................................................................................................................................... 469 € / 399 €

  

To participate in activities at the zen temple Kosan Ryumon-Ji, you must be a member of the temple association (Annual fee : 15 €).

Registration

Please register by the 29th of june at the latest. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Things to bring

All materials necessary for the different activities are supplied although you may also bring your own. Kimono or loose dark clothing for zazen practice, zafu (meditation cushion black or brown), a bowl, spoon, fork, large dark serviette, small white serviette, sleeping bag and or blanket, bottom sheet and pillowcase, sandals or flip flops. Some of these articles can be borrowed from the temple.

Rental for sheets : 6 € (2 € / pièce).

 

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