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.
This sesshin is managed by Master Keisen Vuillemin
Monk since 1987, he is originally a disciple of Master Étienne Mokusho Zeisler.
At the death of Master Mokusho he joined the sangha of Master Kosen with the agreement of him who, in june 2007, he received the Shiho of Master Myoken Bec.
Responsible for the practice of Zen in Geneva, Master Keisen also hold an important position at CERN.
This sesshin will occur from Saturday 24 November 2012 (arrivals the evening before), until Sunday 25 November 2012, in Mei Ran Zen Dojo Amsterdam.
Mei Ran Zen Dojo Amsterdam
Mei Ran Zen Dojo (former European Zen Center) is a beautiful dojo in Amsterdam, led by Alga del Mar.
Mei Ran Zen Dojo
1097 SC Amsterdam
+ 31 (0) 6 104 423 19
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The daily practice is open to all.
Our zazen times*:
Wednesday 7:30 & 6:30
Thursday 7:30 a.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m.
Each Sunday there is a 50-minutes free introduction at 10:00 a.m.
Each month there is a zen introduction course comprising 3 classes of 2 hours each.
Donations are welcome!!
Our bank account no.:
Stg. Zen Deshimaru Amsterdam
IBAN: NL16 INGB 0007 3661 06
Fizeaustraat 23 1097 SC AMSTERDAM - Tel. +31 (0)6 85786336
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