With zen master Hugues Yusen Naas
(Sumi-e, Kesa sewing, Workshop for children, The 34 Sounds of Zen, Yoga, Shadow Theatre, Raku - Introduction to ceramics, Permaculture, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Calligraphy) - from October 27 to 31, 2018
Arrival Workshops: Friday 26 October in the afternoon. Dinner at 8:30.
Departure: For those who come to the workshops only, on Thursday 1st November after breakfast.
For those who stay, rest day November 1st.
A performance "L'esprit du grand pinceau" will take place one evening, performed by Inès Doshin Igelnick.
Exhibition: "Calligraphy and sumi-e" by Beppe Mokuza Signoritti and Inès Doshin Igelnick from 26 October to 26 November 2018, in the temple refectory (open to the public) by appointment (06 72 16 71 61).
SESSHIN ( zen meditation's retreat ) - from 2 to 4 november 2018
Arrival of sesshin on Thursday 1 November in the afternoon, dinner at 20.30.
Sesshin ends on Sunday 4 November after lunch.
Online registration : HERE
Spirit of the gesture
The spirit of the gesture, being awake, staying awake, being vigilant.
This vigilance (from the Latin vigilare, vigilo: "I am awake") is the spirit of zazen and its continuation in daily life: to let thoughts pass, to be totally present in action at every moment.
The spirit of the gesture is also to stop discriminating, attributing importance or neglecting this or that. Understand that there are no small or big things, but that everything is important in our lives, that everything deserves our attention, here and now.
The workshops that will be proposed to you will encourage you to deepen the spirit of the gesture in an educational and playful way. Through practice, they will allow everyone to realize that this spirit is not the fruit of an activity or the learning of a technique, but that beyond the techniques, beyond the aspect, the form and the non-form, the spirit of the gesture can be manifested in all the circumstances of our life - noble or trivial, vast or minute. For the spirit of the gesture is the spirit itself.
As it is written in the Dhammapada, the Says of the Buddha: "Vigilance is the eternal way; Neglect is the mortal way. He who is vigilant does not die; But he who is not present, not conscious, That one is almost already dead. »
Practice of the Buddha's way
Zazen is sitting meditation without object, as practiced by the Buddha and transmitted through time by an unbroken line of masters. It is recollection in the silence and nudity of the present moment. It is a return to what is "before" that thought unfolds to try to grasp what, simply, is.
This is done effortlessly when attention simply returns to what is presence. The time of meditation escapes time itself because it is a return to the still source of our existence. When the original source is seen, each breath, each action, each movement spontaneously becomes the luminous expression of life itself, and the duality between subject and object disappears.
During the five days of the workshops, zazen will be practiced in the morning and late afternoon.
Hugues Yusen Naas
Hugues Yusen Naas was born in Strasbourg in 1952. He has practiced zazen since 1975 and was ordained a monk in 1977 by Master Deshimaru, whom he followed until his death. He taught Dharma for twenty-five years at the Zen Dojo in Strasbourg. In 2009 he received the transmission of the Dharma from Master Dôkô Raphaël Triet. From the summer of 2002 until the summer of 2016, he was in charge of the Gendronnière Zen temple, ensuring the follow-up of maintenance, improvement work, the organization of the daily life of the residents, as well as the reception of sesshins and groups. He also taught in the dojo. He then left Gendronnière to found the Centre zen du Perche - Daishugyoji, which he now manages by chairing the Daishugyo Zen association. He also directs sesshins (Zen retreats) in France and abroad.
Jin Shin Jyutsu
Jin Shin Jyutsu, literally "The Art of the Creator through Man of Knowledge and Compassion", is an ancient Japanese energy art based on an in-depth knowledge of vital energy circuits and how to harmonize them. It is a soft art of touch on the other or on oneself which requires neither massage nor manipulation and which acts powerfully at all levels by simple contact of the fingers over the clothes. Used regularly, it promotes self-knowledge and actively contributes to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual balance.
This workshop is intended for all those who want to be well and offers the opportunity to experience this practice directly on oneself and its concrete effects of transformation. During these five days, everyone will be guided to gradually learn to lay hands on themselves in the appropriate places and thus discover and repeat the basic sequences so that they can be integrated into the daily life of whoever wishes at the end of the course. These five days will also allow us to discover the energetic foundations of this practice but especially the Spirit behind the gestures.
The teacher: Marie Ravet, passionate about the human being and consciousness, practices zazen since 1995. She has over thirty years of professional experience in the field of listening and touch and has dedicated herself exclusively to the practice of Jin Shin Jyutsu since 2010. Enabled by Jin Shin Jyutsu International Inc. she teaches "self-help" and receives individual sessions in Génissac (33) and Paris (15°).
Zazen is the art of immobility, but often the practitioner is carried away by his internal movements and sinks into torpor or gets lost in mental agitation. Yoga is the art of movement, but it leads many practitioners to a superficial attachment to body health and well-being. Explore the mind-body movements at the heart of motionless sitting; find the path that has no form - Shakti dancing under the eye of Shiva in India, Huineng's poem in response to the fifth patriarch in China... we will explore this path through asanas and pranayama.
A minimum of one year of yoga practice is required.
Teacher: Guillaume Tachon lived four years at the Gendronnière, where he was ordained monk in 2011 by Hugues Yusen Naas. During his zazen practice, he felt the need to explore the dimension of movement and it is naturally that he turned to yoga. He has studied the path of yoga with many teachers in India and France, mainly in Vinyasa, Sivananda and Iyengar lines.
Raku - Introduction's course ceramic
The time of a bowl, trace the genesis of the earth that provides us with raw materials to leave our mark and mark history. An ephemeral grain of sand in a world in motion, this granite became sandstone over millions of years and then became a bowl, cup, in a few days according to creativity and human needs.
Let's take a "rakurci" for one session, and come experiment the various types of shaping (modelling, plate, tower, stamping), discover the world of enamels and perform a raku firing, while enjoying an introduction to the phenomena that make up the world of the earthworker.
The teacher : After a passage at the Gendronnière, Cécile Bardenet went to learn ceramics. As she meets people and travels, she continues to go a little further in this link with the earth and man. Now installed as a ceramist in the east of France, she works stoneware to shape utilitarian objects and develop the work of high temperature enamel (1 300 °C) while remaining linked to the world of Zen.
Sumi-e originated in China and was introduced into Japan by Zen monks more than five centuries ago.
The Japanese term “sumi” means “black ink” and “e” means “painting”. It indicates one of the art forms in which subjects are painted with black ink in all possible gradations ranging from pure black to the lightest shades achieved by diluting the ink with water. In order to paint, we only need a brush, a black ink tablet, a stone (suzuri) and a sheet of rice paper.
This way of painting is complete, it involves the whole body. It is not easy at all and working with an expert teacher is necessary, as well as getting used to repeating subjects, or parts of them, innumerable times. The spirit becomes more and more refined and sensitive through constant repetition.
Everyone whatever their level, interested or curious to experiment this "old" oriental approach, will find a new and spontaneous way of artistic expression.
Thanks to a correct and relaxed posture which influences a deeper breathing, the coordination and the fluidity of the gestures improves. Sumi-e is not the learning of a simple painting method. It is the direct contact with our essential being, Buddha nature, beyond "doing" or "not doing". Life created by the touch of the brush strengthens Life itself.
Participation to the workshop (brushes, ink, paper and rice paper) : 25 €
The teacher : Beppe Mokuza Signoritti, Zen monk, disciple of Roland Yuno Rech, has been practicing sumi-e for about twenty years. He exhibits and gives lectures and practical demonstrations throughout Europe. www.sumi-e.co.uk
Shadow theatre is a very ancient art that first appeared in China in the 5th century BC.C. and is originally religious in nature.Participants will choose from the texts proposed by the speaker a tale of fantastic and/or philosophical inspiration (Asian tales are filled with stories of monks, ghosts and supernatural creatures...); but, closer to us, we can dip into Breton tales or arthurian legends, possibly updated), which we will explore through the theatre of body shadows, a technique close to mime, dance and the stylized play of Oriental theatres, which is practiced behind a screen. Specific warm-ups, theatre and expression games, work on the mask (design and use) as well as a study on the possibilities of playing with light and on the composition of an image will be proposed.
The workshop is open to teenagers (from 12 years old) and adults.
The teacher: Blanche Heugel, a Zen nun and practitioner for over twenty years, is a professional actress and puppeteer. For several years she has been developing work on shadow theatre, in shows and educational workshops for children, adolescents and adults. http://blanche-heugel.fr
"The continent of Atlantis was an island existing before the great flood in the part of the world now called the Atlantic Ocean. It was a great city which cultivated a cultural and technological advance well beyond its time. Aware of its fate, the city of Atlantis sent ships to the four corners of the world. On board were the Twelve... »
We will explore the legend of Atlantis, the oldest marine myth. Let us dive in search of this lost continent through songs and plays. Come with boots and oilskins: the weather at sea can be tumultuous!
The teacher: Magali Naas, after attending Steiner School in Strasbourg, continued her studies in the United States where she obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre. She has performed in over twenty plays and has taught in French and English to all audiences, from early childhood to handicapped adults and youth in difficulty.
What's that? What's that? In the heart of the moment, the brush guided by a firm and supple hand traces with Chinese ink in the whiteness and softness of rice paper (absorbent) a Sino-Japanese character. The heart is empty, that is to say quiet, the breath spreads without thought. The characters are taken from the repertoire of Zen sentences. We will study the calligraphy of some Zen masters, including that of Master Taisen Deshimaru. One afternoon will be devoted to a visit of part of the collection kept at the Gendronnière. This workshop is for everyone, beginners and advanced. The list of materials to bring is available on request from the facilitator.
The teacher: Inès Doshin Igelnick has been practicing the path of ink and the path of Zen since 1979. She has followed the teaching of Master Deshimaru and now follows that of Reverend Simone Jiko Wolf. She has been teaching and exhibiting since 1999, in Paris and Switzerland, and has performed and demonstrated in various cultural venues, including Calligraphis in Paris. www.ines-igelnick.fr and www.calligraphie.com
The 34 Sounds of Zen
Over time, the Buddha's path has developed through various forms. In the Soto Zen tradition, these are all placed at the service of spiritual realization. Thus the life of the dojos, temples and monasteries is notably punctuated by codified sounds which are each time the occasion of a concrete experience, as much for the person who produces them as for the person who hears them. In this workshop, you can learn or perfect the practice of these sounds: wood, metal, drum, mokugyo, various gongs and bells, without forgetting the singing of sutras. You will put the teachings into practice by coaching the Spirit of Gesture session throughout the day. What then to make benefit your group of zazen according to the place and the demand!
The teacher : Michel Jigen Fabra, Zen monk, disciple of master Roland Yuno Rech, created the Carpentras dojo in 2002 and directed it for seven years, before going to the Gendronnière Zen temple, where he held the functions of shuso and ino (responsible for sounds) for five years. In August 2014, he received the transmission (shiho) from Master Yuno Rech. He is currently responsible for teaching at the Poitiers dojo.
Kesa sawing's class
Sewing the kesa is the Buddha's way, like zazen.
Concentrated, moment after moment, on each point by observing our work without judgment, in respect of the tradition transmitted by Master Deshimaru, we carry out point after point, with patience and determination, the assembly of the parts of the kesa with inner joy and serenity.
All together, in the silence of our practice, unconsciously, naturally, automatically, we realize our unity with all things.
The teacher: Catherine Cordier was ordained a Zen nun by Master Deshimaru. She has been practicing and teaching kesa sewing for many years during the sesshins and workshops of the Gendronnière, as well as in the dojos.
Inspired by the laws of nature to grow our food is the proposal of permaculture. The care that the tenzo (cook) takes with food is preceded by the care of the gardener for the earth. To harmonize with all beings is to harmonize with nature. Inspired by the Zen spirit, Masanobu Fukuoka, a Japanese farmer and pioneer of permaculture, developed his natural methods based on "non-action". Teaching and applying these principles will be the content of this gardening workshop. Between training and activities (samu), we will explore how to update the way in the daily gestures in the vegetable garden.
The teacher : Raimund Olbrich is a Zen monk, gardener and market gardener. He was responsible for the Gendronnière vegetable garden for several years. Since 2018, he has been working on it again as part of the "permaculture project".
Registration and Prices
WORKSHOP Room 4-5 354 euros / Room 2 persons 424 euros / Single room ( selon disponibilité ) 530 euros
CHILDREN 177 euros par enfant
WORKSHOP " the 34 sounds of zen " Room 4-5 279 euros / Room 2 persons 334 euros / Single room ( selon disponibilité ) 417 euros
SESSHIN Room 4-5 119 euros / Romm 2 persons 143 euros / Single room ( selon disponibilité ) 179 euros
• Parental authorisation is necessary for minors.
• Membership of the association AZI is obligatory : 45 euros (35 euros those with limited ressources).
• Animals not allowed.
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Temple zen de la Gendronnière
41120 Valaire (près de Blois)