Bon Shim SSN 08.01.2022 – 15.01-2022 **
Knud Rosenmayr, JDPSN 15.01.2022 – 22.01.2022
Koen Vermeulen, JDPSN 22.01.2022 – 29.01.2022
Barbara Pardo JDPSN 29.01.2022 – 05.02.2022** Bon Shim SSN will stay in residence for 3 weeks and will co-teach with Knud Rosenmayr JDPSN and Koen Vermeulen, JDPSN.
Join us for a 1 month meditation retreats in the mountains. Bori Sa is located amidst the magnificent scenery of Alta Garrotxa Natural Park. We’ll practice sitting, bowing, chanting, working and eating together in complete silence. Possibility of sitting the retreat for weeks, entrances, and exits on Saturdays. Scholarships available. Write to: email@example.com
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Bon Shim SSN 30.01.2022 – 06.02-2022
Arne Schaefer, JDPSN 06.02.2022 – 13.02.2022
Gu Ja, SSN 13.02.2022 – 20.02.2022
Joeng Hye SSN 20.02.2022 – 27.02.2022
Join us for a 1 month meditation retreats in our beautiful Polish Zen center WuBong Sa, located in Warsaw. We’ll practice sitting, bowing, chanting, working and eating together in complete silence. Possibility of sitting the retreat for weeks, entrances and exits on Sundays. Scholarships available. Write to: email@example.com
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Vražné, Czech Republic
George Hazlbauer, JDPSN 26.02.2022 – 04.03.2022
Bogumila Malinowska, JDPSN 05.03.2022 – 11.03.2022
Ji Kwang, SSN 19.03.2022 – 26.03.2022
Join us for a 1 month meditation retreats in our head Zen center in Vražné, Czech Republic. We’ll practice sitting, bowing, chanting, working, and eating together in complete silence. Possibility of sitting the retreat for weeks, entrances, and exits on Sundays. Scholarships available. Write to: email@example.com
- Morning and evening meditation practice, optional all day (commitment expected)
- Dharma talk: once a week on the weekend
- One schedule for all weeks
- Kongan-Interviews: twice a week.
- Daily Schedule:
(X) = Online practice
5.00h – Wake up
5.15h – 108 bows (X)
5.45h – Morning chanting (X)
6.40h – Meditation (2x 30 min) (X)
8h – Breakfast
9h – Work period
10.20h – Break
11h – Meditation (3 x 30 min) (X)
13h – Lunch
15h – Walk outside
15.50h – Meditation (1 x 1 hour)
(15h Alternative: 3 x 30 min) (X)
17h – Dinner
18.30h – Evening chanting (X)
19.35h – Meditation (2 x 30 min) (X)
20.45h – Four Great Vows (X)
22.00h – Silence
What is Kyol Che ?
“Kyol Che” is a traditional Korean zen meditation session held in temples and monasteries. The experience of a whole group immersed in silence, looking deeply into the inquiry into “Who am I?” can change your life forever. Meditation in Kwan Um School is a practice of the very essence of clear mind – training of concentration, wisdom and compassion – beyond any religion. Zen Master Seun Sahn said: “I don’t teach buddhism, I only teach don’t know”.
How to prepare ?
Please bring your sleeping bags, towels ,warm socks, which we use in the Dharma Room, loose trousers reaching your ankles for sitting meditation. All participants are obliged to arrive with valid medical insurance. Each retreat will provide more specific details. Safety measures regarding Covid-19 situation will be taken.
Why Join the Kyol Che ?
When we practice together, we learn from one another. Individual practice is important, but when we only practice individually, it is difficult to see our limitations and our karma, the karma of our mind. The sangha is like a mirror, in which you can easily see your limitations, the limits of your actions and your opinions.
If you read something about zen and buddhism make sure that your digestive system works correctly, because you must necessarily digest it. Only then wisdom can appear. Digestive system of mind works efficiently only when your don’t know is clear and meditation strong.
Zen Master Joeng Hye
Fees for attending
Kwan Um School of Zen / IBAN: DE59 100500 000 190502142/ SWIFT: BELADEBEXXX
Members talk about Zen Retreats
Kyolche can vary depending on a person and throughout years of my practice it has been all. In the beginning it used to be a challenge for body and mind showing that I am capable of going beyond my own limitations and not moving (not leaving!) regardless of the mind weather – no matter if my leg hurt, my roommates were snoring or being hurtful, the schedule was harsh, my own feelings leaned towards worthlessness, envy nor even bliss. Then it changed into deeply transformative experiences of finding energy in stillness and presence of something eternal in simple things. And lately it’s been mostly a peaceful, bright, space-like, somehow transparent experience of easing into every day life filled with sitting, eating, sleeping, drinking tea, working in the kitchen, looking at friends. Who knows what comes next?
It is hard to describe what happens when you sit a week long retreat. I can see my mind at work and I see good things and bad things appear, which may not always be pleasant. At the end of the week something has shifted and my mind has become a bit clearer. It is a subtle change, but it has a positive impact on how I respond to everyone around me and to daily life. This is the reason why I will be back to sit another week of Kyolche when I have a chance and I wish that more people will share this experience with me.
Sound in the morning. The bell and moktak right after. Going down from the attic in the morning requires at least a bit of non sleep. Cold water touching face in the bathroom helps to wake up even more without thinking what awakening is. Everything is not to think. I have read “Confessions of a buddhist atheist”. These couple of days showed me what one feels, when the letters forming words in the book become the experience beyond any wording. It has been three days since I left the retreat, but I don’t know, I don’t know how to understand as soon as I look at it more clearly. But I’m still there. It’s like a dose of stillness applied straight into the blood. Moktak. Bowing, sitting, chanting, meals, work, kitchen, forest walk. In the evening you feel every inch of your body, you close your eyes and it’s already dawn. I know for sure I want more. But I can’t say anything more for now.