The Summer Camp
In Japan “Ango” is a tradition which has been going on since the time of Buddha. It was a period of practice which saw the whole Sangha coming together around the Buddha during the rainy season.
Our sessions include
- A period of preparation lasting between 4 to 6 days followed by a sesshin (period of more intensive practice)
- Teachings in the dojo (kusen).
- Samu: taking part in the daily tasks of the temple (zen kitchen, garden, maintenance, sewing of the kesa). Samu is a japanese word which literally means “doing things”, as in “things to do”. Samu is work for the temple and the community, and forms an integral part of the practice.
- Various related activities: yoga, do-in, shiatsu...
Master Kosen gives ordenations for Bodhisattva and monk at the end of the third session.
The practice of zazen is the essence of Zen.
Sitting facing the wall on a round cushion (zafu ), the legs in the lotus or semi lotus position, the knees laid down on the ground, the back well straight, the neck stretched, the left hand on the right hand, the edge of the hands on the abdomen, in a total immobility.
The breathing is quiet and the concentration is more directed to the breathing out.
The conscious mind is still, without entertaining nor rejecting the thoughts, we let them pass through the concentration on the posture and the breathing.
A zen monk since 1971, he practiced fifteen years in France together with Master Taisen Deshimaru. He was one of his closest disciples.
After the death of his master, he continued the practice of zazen and has led many sesshins.
In 1984, he received the Shiho, (transmission of the Dharma), from the hands of Master Niwa Zenji who is the highest authority of Zen in Japan. In this way he became a Master in the zen tradition.
In 1997 he published the book “Zen, the internal revolution” and in 2006 “Modern monks”.
More about Master Kosen...
Christophe Ryurin Desmur has been monk since 1989. He leads practice in the dojo of Lyon.
He is also a professor of Chinese calligraphy and official calligrapher of the Kosen sangha.
He received the shiho from Master Kosen on the 8th of October 2009.
Son of Master Vincent Keisen Vuillemin, Loïc was surrounded by zen from an early age. Samu, guenmaï, zazen, the kesa, the sangha, master Kosen, the social life of modern monks were all a natural part of his education and development to adulthood.
Nevertheless, it was only at the age of 21, as a result of certain iniciatic experiences that he decided to take the form of monk. His search began by meeting Master Kosen, becoming his disciple and helping with his sangha.
Several years later, he was already father of a single girl. When the temple was started, he became responsible for it’s general maintenance. Together with his family he moved there in 2010 and became temple guardian. In 2013, at the age of 37, he received the dharma transmission and became Master Kosho, 85th patriarch of the lineage.
Pierre Leroux first encountered zen in Rennes. Since then he has tirelessly followed the practice of zen. For ten years he took part in every sesshin and intensive camp at the zen temple of the Gendronnière, founded by Master Taisen Deshimaru. He worked in the temple kitchen. In 1991, Master Kosen, successor and inheritor of the dharma of Master Deshimaru, ordained him zen monk in the temple at the Gendronnière.
From 1993 onwards, when Master Kosen started his own sangha, he served as tenzo, being responsible for the kitchen. He educated numerous disciples in the practice of zen and samu. In 1999 he co-founded the zen dojo in the neighbourhood of Gracia, Barcelona. In October 2009, he received the transmission from Master Kosen at the Yujo Nyusanji Temple, becoming Master Soko, 85th successor to Buddha Shakyamuni in the Soto zen tradition.
Yujo Nyusanji Zen Temple was founded by Master Kosen, heir of Master Mokudo Taisen Deshimaru's Dharma. Master Kosen, his disciples, and members of Zen Deshimaru Buddhist nonprofit organization retire to the temple to practice sesshins, samu, and daily gyoji. . . and also to recharge their batteries, take a deep breath of mountain air, spot wild mouflons, learn archery, and dive in the peaceful atmosphere of forests and rivers.
The Caroux Zen Temple is located right in the heart of the Haut-Languedoc regional natural park, 1 h 40 west of Montpellier, France.
Route du Hameau de Douch 34610 Rosis - Tel. +33/(0)184.108.40.206.10
How to come
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Summer Camp : 16 July till 23 August 2017
2 sessions of 9 days, 1 session of 10 days, 1 session of 7 days
- 1st session led by Master Kosho: 16 till 24 July, 6 days of preparation, 2 1/2 of sesshin
- 2nd session led by Master Ryurin: 26 July till 3 August, 6 days of preparation, 2 1/2 of sesshin
- 3rd session led by Master Kosen: 6 till 15 August, 6 days of preparation, 3 1/2 of sesshin
- 4th session led by Master Soko: 17 till 23 August, 4 days of preparation, 2 1/2 of sesshin
Arrival should be on the evening before each session. A session ends on the last day after lunch.
Price (normal price/ reduced price)
The second reduced price may be given to persons of lesser means subject to agreement by the director of the sesshin.
|1, 2||455 € / 363 €||168 € / 138 €|
|3||510 € / 405 €||225 € / 185 €|
|4||354 € / 283 €||168 € / 138 €|
|3 sessions 655 €||4 sessions 756 €|
The american plan is included in the price.
Price for children : until 3 years old : fuse (donation) ; from 3 until 8 years old : 30% of adult price ; more than 8 years old : 50% of adult price.
The General Assembly will take place during the preparation for the 3rd session.
“Full-timers” are participants who stay for the entire Summer Camp and are involved in it’s organisation and working. They must arrive one day before the start of the camp to assume their responsibility and should leave the temple at the end of the camp when everything has been finished.
A full-timer pays a reduced tariff, (see details of pricing below).
To be able to be part of the full-timers team, send an e-mail to permanent(@)zen-deshimaru.com or send a letter to Dojo Zen 34, rue Bourrely 34000 Montpellier. This request should be made one month before the start of the camp.