Buddhism discovery weeks in July, August and September

July 6th - 11th or  August 3rd - 8th  or  September 22nd - 27th 2019 [layerslider id="3"]   You’re dissatisfied with life in our society and want to take a step back? Do you want to give meaning to your life? Are you looking…

Call for donations for the great ceremonies of Ojukai

Completion of the construction of a Buddhist Monastery WHO ARE WE? We are a Buddhist Monastery  situated near Limoges, in rural South West France. Our name ‘Kanshoji’, means light of compassion. Currently there are more than…
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Conference of Bernard Faure - The Mindfulness

On July 21, the Kanshoji monastery had the honour of welcoming Professor Bernard Faure. Bernard Faure is an academic. Having previously taught at Cornell and Stanford in California, he is currently professor of the history of Asian religions…
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Zen arts - June 2018

On June 30 th the ‘Zen Arts’ evening was held; the second ‘Soirée Spectacle’ to take place in the monastery grounds and a great opportunity to discover Zen in its various expressions. During the introduction, the public could…
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Spring retreat in Braives, Belgium

As every year, the Association Zen Kanshoji Belgium, which unites the four dojos of Charleroi, Brussels, Leuven and Rixensart, organised a retreat in Braives May 19th - 21st, 2018. Fourty people, including many new practitioners, coming…
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Getting ready for the Ojukai ceremonies

Ojukai is our school's traditional ceremony through which the the precepts are transmitted to the four assemblies: monks, nuns, laymen and laywomen. It will take place for the first time in Kanshoji, June 1st - 5th, 2019. Several European sanghas…
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Meetings for the preparation of the future Ojukai ceremonies

Last December, several of us visited the Chuoji monastery in Japan. There we met the Venerable Dônin Minamisawa Roshi, founder of the monastery Kanshoji and supporter of the Ojukai project in Europe. We have started to work with his assistants…
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The construction of the future house of the abbots

Last summer, we started a new building at Kanshoji: the house of abbots. It is an important place in a monastery since it embodies the spiritual direction and the Dharma transmission over the generations. Following the tradition, this building…
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Hossenshiki of Kôsen Carole Servan

Hossenshiki, Dharma fight, is a very special moment in the life of monk or nun of the Soto Zen tradition… This ceremony takes place during ango (training period of several months), ango during which the monk or nun holds the function…