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ZEN-ONLINE More info…


You can follow meditations, teachings and ceremonies via zen-online during the "Daily Life" retreat and the Summer Camp. The schedule and link to the audio player can be found here:

Retreat " Daily Life "

Monday 10 to Friday 14 August 


9-daySummer Retreat.

From Friday 14/08 to Sunday 23/08

Silent Retreat More info…

From thursday 3rd (6pm) to sunday 8th (3pm) of september.

For the beginning of the school year we are proposing a period of retreat in complete silence at Ryumonji monastery. This will be an opportunity, for 3 days to calm the spirit in good conditions and to learn or deepen one's practice of zen meditation (zazen). Beginners welcome. 


Cost : 135 € / 103 €

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

There are still a few places left for summer camp in August.
September sesshins fill up really quickly, so remember to sign up soon!


Jukai - Ceremony " Taking refuge + receiving the precepts " - July 2020 More info…

In the life of a Zen practitioner, the ceremony of Jukai is a crucial step. It consists in receiving the precepts (Kai) of the Bodhisattva and, by doing so, of taking refuge in the three treasures: Buddha, Dharma, Sangha.

Important! These teachings on the theme of "Jukai" are open to all, even to people who have already done the ceremony or wish to do so later.

Workshop zen and creativity from the 6th to the 10th of july 2020 More info…

Over the centuries and across many countries Zen has always shown 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.

Ryumonji Temple 2020 Brochure is available! ( IN FRENCH ) More info…

In this beautiful full-colour brochure, discover all the information for 2020: retreats, events, prices, calendar as well as the updated list of centres linked to the monastery in Europe.

Enjoy your reading!

Zen 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

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


Zen Garden RyumonjiCentre 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 : OffenburgZengarten

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

Bitte sprechen Sie uns an, wenn Sie Ansprechpartner suchen in den Dojos oder im Ryumon Ji. Gerne stehen wir für allgmeine Auskünfte zur Verfügung.

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