What is a sesshin ?

Touch the mind, become intimate with oneself, concentrating in zazen on the unified body and mind. This teaching was transmitted by Master Taisen Deshimaru.

Neither philosophy, nor ethics, nor religion, the Zen allows us to reach the origin of every philosophy, ethics or religion. Spring of awakening, the Zen transforms our life here and now.

Sesshin means touching the mind, it is a period where we essentially concentrate on zazen, also including samu, concentration on daily chore such as cooking or dish washing. Eventually we may practice yoga, do-in etc.


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.

Master Deshimaru practising zazen

This sesshin is managed by Master Kosho Vuillemin

Maître Kosho Vuillemin

Fils du maître zen Vincent Keisen Vuillemin, Loïc côtoie le milieu du zen depuis son plus jeune âge. Le samu, la guen-maï, zazen, le kesa, la sangha, maître Kosen, la vie sociale des moines modernes s'intègre de manière naturelle à son éducation et son développement vers l'âge adulte.

C'est cependant seulement à l'âge de 21 ans et suite à certaines expériences initiatiques qu'il décide de prendre à son tour la forme d'un moine. La quête commence pour lui: rejoindre Maître Kosen, devenir son disciple et aider sa sangha. L'objectif est clairement marqué, Loïc abandonne ses études d'ethnobotanique et s'installe dans une station-service désaffectée en banlieue de Genève pour s'approcher autant que possible du dojo qui l'a instruit et soutenu jusqu'alors.Un seul mot d'ordre, pratiquer sans relâche. Il coud un kesa noir et reçoit l'ordination de moine de maître Kosen en 1998 qui l'exhorte alors à entreprendre des études de biologie.

Loïc passera 6 ans de plus à Genève entre pratique au dojo et études universitaires qu'il mènera à leur terme sans pourtant terminer sa thèse de doctorat. Il tente alors un départ pour Montpellier où pratique quotidiennement Maître Kosen, mais finit par s'installer à Amsterdam avec Hira Hosen qui deviendra son épouse légitime. Ils y vivent deux ans avant de reprendre ensemble la voie du sud. Après des débuts difficiles, Maître Kosen consent à loger le couple et à prendre Loïc comme secrétaire. Il devient alors formellement son disciple. 

C'est quelques années plus tard, devenu père d'une fille unique, qu'apparaît le temple dont il assume dès le début le maintien général. Il s'y installe en famille en 2010 comme gardien et reçoit de son Maître, en 2013, la transmission du dharma faisant de lui Maître Kosho, 84ième patriarche de la lignée. Il est alors âgé de 37 ans.

This sesshin will occur from Thursday 05 November 2015 (arrivals the evening before), until Sunday 08 November 2015, in Yujo Nyusanji zen temple.

Yujo Nyusanji zen temple

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.

Vous etes arrivés au temple zen  Yujo Nyusanji, descendez vos valises, en avant la sesshin. L'atmosphére pendant zazen, dans le dojo du temple zen Yujo Nyusanji Passerelle en bois sur la rivière du temple zen Yujo Nyusanji
Repas au réfectoire du temple Yujo Nyusanji Le temple zen Yujo Nyusanji s'étend sur plusieurs hectares de nature L'intérieur du dojo du temple zen Yujo Nyusanji
Remise de kesas dans le dojo du temple Le temple zen est entouré par de magnifiques hêtraies Cérémonie de la Gen Maï au temple zen Yujo Nyusanji
Le temple zen Yujo Nyusanji est traversé par une rivière cristalline Sutra du Kesa Entrée du temple Zen Yujo Nyusanji

Address

Route du Hameau de Douch 34610 Rosis - Tel. +33/(0)9.82.12.35.49

How to come

  •  By car. There are at least four possible routes from the valley of Orb. We suggest you go through Hérépian, d13 towards Saint-Gervais, then d13e12 towards the Horte, then continue to Rosis then to Douch, turn right 1 km before Douch (zen temple sign). Coming from Toulouse, it is faster to pass by the d180 on the Espinouse pass.
  • By train, there are bus services for Lamalou for 1.5 euros which leave from Montpellier and Béziers. You can even bring a bike on them.

    A pickup is organized in Lamalou, opposite the casino, on the arrival day of sessions and sesshins, by default at 20H05. When you register, just remember to indicate, in the public message field, that you wish to be picked up. Notice that if you need to, it is possible for you to log in again and modify this message.  taxi from Lamalou: 06 08 77 12 96 -cost: 25 euros aprox.

    1. Montpellier:  18H30 - 20H05, depart from Mosson, (end stop of tram 1 which departs opposite Montpellier Saint Roch station.)
    2. Béziers: 17H15 - 18H25 depart opposite the station, , not available on Sundays or holidays.
  • On foot, from Montpellier, do not get off at Lamalou, but in Colombières-sur-orb (bus 15H45 -17H35 from Mosson), go up by the gorges of Colombières, to the left of the river -it is beautiful and, you can swim there. Not to be done if it rains. The journey takes about 2h30, once you arrived at the "Col des Avels", continue to Rosis, then to Douch.


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Informations

We offer two prices

  • For people of modest means : 160 €
  • For people able to pay the sesshin at its right price :204 €

1 day of preparation.

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.


Registration

Signups closed for this sesshin

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Mondo

Questions to zen Master Kosen

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Master Kosen

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