Short term retreat
Withdrawing from daily life and meditating in a buddhist temple often permits us to see the world differently. It's also an ideal opportunity to plunge into the heart of zen spirituality. Beginners are always welcome and a receive a specially adapted introduction.
Daily life in a zen monastery is based on the practice of zazen, seated meditation. It is the practice through which Buddha achieved enlightenment 2600 years ago. Depending on the time of year there are from two to four sessions of zazen per day. Zen meditation is performed on a zafu (meditation cushion) : chairs are available if needed.
The daily programme also includes teaching, ceremonies, meals held in silence and samu (community service). There is also some time to relax in company.
Retreat days are very structured with a precise time schedule : this structure enables the practitioner to allow themselves to be guided and to put all their energy into the practice without worrying about how things are organised.
Program (sesshin and special retreats excepted)
(Timings should be taken as approximative and may change)
6h : Get up
6h30-7h05 : zazen ( seated meditation )
7h05-7h15 : kinhin ( walking meditation )
7h15-7h40 : zazen then kaijo ( traditional sounds )
7h45-8h15 : ceremony
8h20 : procession
8h30 : genmai ( breakfast taken in silence ) + coffee/tea
9h45-12h30 : samu ( community service - with a break)
13h : meal taken in silence
14h45-17h : samu, teaching, initiation
18h00 : zazen + kaijo
19h30 : informal meal
21h30 : Bedtime or personal study time.
In order to enrol please contact the secretariat at La Gendronnière : email@example.com
Temple de La Gendronnière
Tel: +33 (0)2 54 44 04 86
Fax: +33 (0)2 54 44 04 87
( 2018, subject to change - accomodation, meals and teaching included )
Per night : 40 euros / 25 euros ( reduced rate )
A week : 120 euros / 90 euros
+ obligatory membership of the association AZI 45 euros / 35 euros par an