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The European Winter Meditation Retreats 2022
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Dear friends in the Dharma, please save your time for the coming Winter Kyol Che. Due to the Covid-19 situation like most of our retreats this Winter Kyol Che will be held both online and offline adhering to local pandemic regulations to ensure safety. The situation is dynamic and still subject to change.

This year our Winter Zen Meditation Retreats will be held across Europe in different locations. You can enter for the duration of 2 days up to 1 month. Please follow the details below to learn more and check this page regularly. Bookmark This Page to have easy access.

Scholarships! If you are a School member with financial difficulties or long term Sangha volunteer, a scholarship may be available for you to attend. Please visit our Scholarship page for more information.

Dates

Dates & Venues

  • Bori Sa, Spain - 08.01 – 05.2.2021

    Zen Master Bon Shim
    Bon Shim SSN 08.01.2022 – 15.01-2022 **
    Knud Rosenmayr JDPSN
    Knud Rosenmayr, JDPSN 15.01.2022 – 22.01.2022
    Koen Vermeulen
    Koen Vermeulen, JDPSN  22.01.2022 – 29.01.2022
    Barbara Pardo JDPSN
    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: director@kwanumeurope.org

    Contact: boricentrozen@hotmail.com | Check our website for more details…

  • Wubongsa, Poland - 30.01 – 27.02.2022

    Zen Master Bon Shim
    Bon Shim SSN 30.01.2022 – 06.02-2022
    Dharma Master Arne Schaefer
    Arne Schaefer, JDPSN 06.02.2022 – 13.02.2022
    Zen Master Gu Ja
    Gu Ja, SSN  13.02.2022 – 20.02.2022
    Zen Master Joeng Hye
    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: director@kwanumeurope.org

    contact: kwanum108@gmail.com |  Check our website for more details

  • Vražné, Czech Republic- 26.02 – 26.03.2022

    George Hazlbauer JDPSN
    George Hazlbauer, JDPSN 26.02.2022 – 04.03.2022
    Bugomila Malinowska JDPSN
    Bogumila Malinowska, JDPSN 05.03.2022 – 11.03.2022
    Jo Alma JDPS
    Hyon Ja, SSN 12.03.2022 – 18.03.2022
    Ji Kwang SSN 19.03.2022 - 26.03.2022
    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: director@kwanumeurope.org

    For more details, contact: vrazne@vraznezen.org | Check our website for more details…

  • Borisa, Spain

    08.01 – 05.02

    Borisa, Spain.

    Zen Master Bon Shim
    Bon Shim SSN 08.01.2022 – 15.01-2022  **
    Knud Rosenmayr JDPSN
    Knud Rosenmayr, JDPSN 15.01.2022 – 22.01.2022
    Koen Vermeulen
    Koen Vermeulen, JDPSN  22.01.2022 – 29.01.2022
    Barbara Pardo JDPSN
    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: director@kwanumeurope.org

    Contact: boricentrozen@hotmail.com | Check our website for more details…

  • Wubongsa, Poland

    30.01 – 27.02.2022

    Wubongsa, Poland

    Zen Master Bon Shim
    Bon Shim SSN 30.01.2022 – 06.02-2022
    Dharma Master Arne Schaefer
    Arne Schaefer, JDPSN 06.02.2022 – 13.02.2022
    Zen Master Gu Ja
    Gu Ja, SSN  13.02.2022 – 20.02.2022
    Zen Master Joeng Hye
    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: director@kwanumeurope.org

    Contact: kwanum108@gmail.com |  Check our website for more details…

  • Vražné, Czech Republic

    26.02 – 26.03

    Vražné, Czech Republic

    George Hazlbauer JDPSN
    George Hazlbauer, JDPSN 26.02.2022 – 04.03.2022
    Bugomila Malinowska JDPSN
    Bogumila Malinowska, JDPSN 05.03.2022 – 11.03.2022
    Jo Alma JDPS
    Hyon Ja, SSN 12.03.2022 – 18.03.2022
    Ji Kwang SSN 19.03.2022 - 26.03.2022
    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: director@kwanumeurope.org

    For more details, contact: vrazne@vraznezen.org | Check our website for more details…



Heart Kyol Che

The Heart Kyol Che is an opportunity for students who cannot sit the traditional Kyol Che, or who can sit only part of it, to participate by doing extra practice at home and practicing together with others as they are able. This will run concurrently with the traditional Kyol Che. By doing this Heart Kyol Che together, we will strengthen our own practice, and provide support to our fellow students who are able to sit the traditional Kyol Che. We in turn can draw inspiration and energy from their commitment.

  • 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

* Online practice: We ask for your commitment of a total week. You can either join all day or only for morning (5:15 – 7:50) and evening practice (18:30 – 20:45).

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

Contact the Zen temple for more details.
We appreciate your support to the hosting temple and the teachers by paying any other additional contribution.

Bori Sa, Spain: boricentrozen@hotmail.com website

Wu Bong Sa, Poland: kwanum108@gmail.com website

Seon Mun Sa, Czech Republiq: vrazne@vraznezen.org

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?

Vienna Zen Center 2012 © Jan Sendzimir

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.

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