Daily life retreats
“The Real Buddhism is cultivated at the heart of everyday life.”
(Master Kohô Chisan)
A spiritual retreat at the heart of the daily life
This monastic retreat of 5 to 10 days allows to share the daily life of the monks, nuns and other residents of the monastery.
In the monastery, great attention is paid to others. The Buddha way teaches us to live in peace with each other. During this retreat, we learn to live in harmony, together, through meditation, ceremonies and daily life activities.
We hear well only in silence, we see well only with the eye of wisdom, looking inwards. This is why we are asked to protect silence and to maintain a certain sobriety in our relationships with others.
The course of a monastic retreat
At the beginning of your retreat, you experience a period of solitude and silence. During this period, you practice Zen meditation several times a day. The rest of the time, you remain alone with yourself. After this period, you join the monks and nuns in the activities of the monastery.
The day usually begins at 6 am with the practice of zazen. The time is then divided between ceremonies, teachings, daily life tasks and meetings. The day ends with the practice of zazen, bedtime is at 9:30 pm.
In order to preserve the quality of your retreat, we ask you not to use your telephone or tablet.
How to take part to the monastic retreat?
To make a spiritual retreat in Kanshoji, it is necessary to contact the secretariat, by mail, at the following address firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at +33(0)553520635.
Those who are new to the practice of Zen are welcome to attend a monastic retreat in the coming periods: From the 26 of September until the 27 of October 2022 – From the 7th of November until the 4th of December 2022 It is also possible to be initiated to the practice of Zen during the discovery retreats. Members of our association who have been initiated to the practice of Zen are welcome at any time of the year.
A spiritual retreat the time of a weekend
Every month, the monastery holds a retreat (sesshin*).
This monastic retreat, which lasts two to three days, places particular emphasis on zazen, with four periods of meditation per day. That is how we can fully live the present moment, with a calm, vast and clear mind.
We let go of our selfishness, harmonise ourselves with others and follow cosmic life.
A spiritual retreat for beginners?
An initiation to zazen is offered to beginners the day before the sesshin and support is provided by the monks throughout the weekend.
Dates and registration: Calendar
Registration : Calendar
A spiritual retreat to deepen the different forms of sôtô zen
This retreat, called ango* lasts three months. Time is divided between zazen, ceremonies, rituals, samu, teachings and practising the different forms of Sôtô zen. Participants sit zazen, eat their meals and sleep in the dojo. Submerged in the reality of interdependence, they leave their selfishness behind and pay great attention to others.
For whom is it intended?
It is intended for monks and nuns – sometimes bodhisattvas – who have responsibilities in a place of practice or who wish to deepen their commitment to the Way. It is necessary for every Zen Buddhist monk (nun) who aspires to become a teacher of the Way. Dates: January 15 – April 13, 2022 – Registration: contact email@example.com