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 Barbara Kosen

Barbara Kosen

Barbara Kosen was born in Paris in 1951. At the age of 22 she met Master Deshimaru (the first Great Zen Master to arrive in Europe from Japan). She remained his disciple until his death in 1982. She was ordained a zen nun in 1975, receiving the name Kosen, meaning "Perfume of the Wise". During this time with her master, she assisted him in his mission to develop true Zen. After the death of her master she lived in Switzerland, where for eight years, she led the Dojo of Geneva.

In 1993 Barbara Kosen received the transmission of the Dharma - Shiho (title of spiritual master) - from Master Kosen Thibaut in the temple of the Gendronnière. In this way began the lineage of transmission of european Zen, just as Master Deshimaru had wanted. Barbara Kosen was the first western woman to receive the Shiho. She is one of the few persons currently alive to have received this recognition.

In 1994 she founded the Mokusan Dojo in Madrid and the Zen Association Taisen Deshimaru. In 2001 she founded the Zen Temple Shorinji in Villanueva de la Vera, in the forests of the Sierra de Gredos. There, along with her disciples she spreads the spirit of zen and explores in depth the Way, during retreats and periods of intensive practice.

This sesshin will occur from Saturday 23 February 2019 (arrivals the evening before), until Sunday 24 February 2019, in Dojo zen de Barcelona.

Dojo zen de Barcelona

El Dojo Zen de Barcelona es un auténtico dojo de la transmisión, fundado en 1999 en el barrio de Gràcia. Reúne practicantes de zazen, bajo la dirección del maestro Soko. El dojo pertenece a la Kosen Sangha, línea del zen soto del Maestro Deshimaru.

Además de los horarios de práctica semanal el dojo organiza jornadas de práctica intensiva un sábado al mes, así como sesshin y una semana de práctica en Catalunya la última semana de agosto.

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Tordera 18, bajos 2da, 08012 Barcelona - Tel. 717718517

How to come

- Metro:

  • L4: Joanic
  • L3: Diagonal
  • L5: Verdaguer

- Bus:

  • Líneas: 114, 15, 16, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 28, 31, 32, 39, 45, 47. 67, 92

- Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya:

  • Estación Gràcia. Líneas: S1 S2 U6 U7

- Tren Cercanías Renfe:

  • Estación Passeig de Gràcia


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We offer two prices

  • For people of modest means : 45 €
  • For people able to pay the sesshin at its right price :50 €

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