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Summer retreats - meditation and buddhism - june, july august 2016 More info…

Several retreat periods are offered by the buddhist monastery Ryumonji (Alsace, France) during the summer. There is a special reduced rate if you come for a three week period of zen buddhist practice and meditation (zazen). Beginners are welcome to attend during this summer period, there will be introductions organised specifically for them and a monk or nun will be available to assist them.

Long-stay spring retreat - 1 month - from April 7th to May 8th, 2016 More info…

The long spring retreat - 1 month - is an opportunity to discover or deepen the practice of Zen meditation and to experience monastic life in a Buddhist temple. Days at the temple are rythmed by meditation sessions (zazen), teachings, ceremonies, meals in silence, moments of work for the community (samu) and times of discussion.

New brochure 2016 ! More info…

The 2016 brochure of the dragon sangha has been issued! In colour, with many explanations, pieces of information and a presentation of events for the year 2016. 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!


Climate and ecology, some Buddhist lines of thought... More info…

Over the last few months, Buddhists have committed themselves to taking an active part in the reflections on climate change. These exchanges of views were held within the Buddhist Union of France (climate change was the main topic of the "Buddhist Assizes" last month in Paris) and also with other political and inter-religious institutions (the French Senate, the Conference of Religious Leaders of France). This was in preparation for the world conference on climate which will take place in Paris next November ( COP 21)...

Zen meditation

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.


Audio talk of Master Wang-Genh

Teisho given during the retreat from february 2015 about the story of the old man who wanted to live forever. The magic of kito and finally the question of why we practice zazen.

Audio talk of Master Wang-Genh

Teisho given during the retreat from summer 2014 on the place we give to our emotions and thoughts.

Ryumon Ji Monastery

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. 

Strasbourg zen buddhist center


Centre de bouddhisme zen
21, rue des Magasins
67000 Strasbourg
Tél 03 88 75 06 50

Sôtô ZEN Teaching


Master Deshimaru Roshi


On the advice of his teacher, Taisen Deshimaru came to Europe in the beginning of 1967, where he remained until his death in 1982. France became the European landing place for Zen Buddhism, and it offered an ideal terrain in which to sow a Zen both anchored in daily life and present in the social world.  During the 15 years he spent in Europe, Master Taisen Deshimaru created more than 100 dojos in cities across Europe, and he founded the first major Zen Temple in Europe, La Gendronnière, located in the Loire Valley.

The Dana house, a buddhist chapel




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.


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Sitz : Offenburg

Vorsitzender : Konrad Tenkan Beck
Postanschrift : Förderkreis Ryumonji
c/o   Beck Marktplatz 3 D 91438 Bad Windsheim
mail : beck-buero(at)web.de

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