The commitment of a nun in the city (Hosetsu Laure Scemama – IZA seminar)

The commitment of a nun in the city (Hosetsu Laure Scemama) There exits several styles of life for a Zen monk or nun. I would like here to present an account of the style of life of a nun who is totally engaged in city life. In Japan,…

Personal experience: the monastic life (Yashô Valérie Guéneau – IZA seminar)

  As you can see, it is possible to live in a monastery for a number of years and remain quite normal! In our Sangha of the AZI certain members imagine that monks and nuns live in a monastery like “extra-terrestrial” beings – austere,…

Zen Monk, Bodhisattva : The Vows of the Candidate for Awakening (Taiun JP Faure – IZA seminar)

Human beings are religious animals. The Absolute is present at the heart of all phenomena of the universe. The entire universe practises the Way, naturally, unconsciously, and automatically. That gives rise to the question that Master…

Kongokyo, the Diamond Sutra (Taiun Jean-Pierre Faure)

I would like to introduce you to some aspects of the Diamond Sutra which will perhaps make you want to read it and above all to practice it. A diamond is a most precious and rare thing. I have been told that there is a star 95 % of which is…

Abbot’s address at the Association’s General Meeting

It is sad to see that too often, our materialistic Western societies feed on the energy of the three poisons. They are in crisis, starting to fall apart... Something must change in the way we live. Buddha explains that ignorance, the first…
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Interview with Taiun JP Faure (“Regards bouddhistes”)

(Excerpts from an interview with Taiun JP Faure in "Regards bouddhistes", January 4th, 2016.   Regards bouddhistes: There is a preconceived idea about non-violence, inherited from the "peace and love" movement of the 70s, when hippies…

Hei jo shin kore do, the specificity of Sôtô Zen

It is critical that we understand what we are doing here, together, for ten days. "What are we here for, what is the true practice?" We belong to the Sôtô lineage, one of the forms of Buddha's teaching. The founders of this lineage are…

Absorbing ourselves wholeheartedly

Our society is not doing very well. Some people are lost, the meaning of life has been lost by many. What is the meaning of our life? Is it about being wealthy, wearing fancy shoes? Is it being admired? Some people tell me: "I don't have…