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Meditation retreat and New Year celebration 2019 - Beginners welcome ! More info…

Dear friends

To celebrate the new year together we are delighted to invite you to our "New Year zen meditation's retreat 2019" at Ryumonji monastery. BEGINNERS WELCOME!!

Saikawa Roshi's visit / Hossen Shiki ceremony - December 2018 More info…

In december we will once more have the great pleasure of welcoming the japanese zen master Saikawa Roshi to Ryumonji monastery. He will spend two days at the temple in order, in particular, to preside over nun Annemie Genshin van Attenhoven's Hossen ceremony.

Jukai - Ceremony " Taking refuge + receiving the precepts " - January 2019 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.

Rôhatsu sesshin : intensive, silent meditation retreat - december 2018 More info…


During the first week of december the traditional Rohatsu sesshin will take place at the soto zen monastery of Ryumonji. This is a unique opportunity to deepen one's practice by plunging, in silence, into sitting meditation, zazen.


The new 2018 brochure to download! ( in french ) More info…

Every year we publish a program (brochure) presenting activities at the zen buddhist monastery Ryumonji (Alsace, France). It contains a lot of information on daily practice (zen meditation) and the different types of retreat at the monastery and especially ... a list of the practice places (dojos) linked to the monastery in various towns in France and Germany. Free to download.

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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