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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…
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Ojukai at the temple of the Gendronnière

This is an exceptional event that has happened, for the first time in Europe, in its traditional form at the temple of the Gendronnière, at the beginning of June. Almost 150 monks, nuns and lay people lived there for five days of continuous…
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A beautiful autumn of practice...

Visit to France by Donin Minamizawa Roshi At the end of November we had the pleasure of meeting Minamizawa Roshi at La Gendronnière on the occasion of a working meeting concerning the organization of the important ceremonies associated…
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Gone?

Funeral Ceremony for our friend Francis The practice taught by Buddha is that of awakening: realizing that our life must be devoted to helping others awaken. That is how monks alleviate the suffering of their contemporaries.In Japan, monks…