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 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 09 February 2013 (arrivals the evening before), until Sunday 10 February 2013, 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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