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 Kosen Thibaut
Zen monk since 1971, Master Kosen practiced fifteen years at the of Master Taisen Dehimaru, of whom he was one of the closest disciples.
Since the death of his Master, he continues the practice of Zazen and directs many Sesshins.
In 1984, he received Shiho (the Dharma transmission) from the hands of Master Niwa Zenji, the highest authority of Zen in Japan, and hence became himself a Master in the tradition of Zen.
In 1997, he published the book "Zen, the inner revolution" and in 2006 he published "The five stages of Awakening (Editions du Relié)"
For more information about Master Kosen
This sesshin will occur from Saturday 19 January 2013 (arrivals the evening before), until Sunday 17 February 2013, in Shobogenji zen temple.
Shobogenji zen temple
In 1999, the Kosen Sangha of Argentina acquired a deep valley on the hills of the Uriturco, the highest mountain of the province of Cordoba. Surrounded by legends, and well known in the world Ufology, it is the old sacred land of the «Comechingones» native Indians. Since many years it attracts, all the peoples looking for spiritual experiences.
The place where the temple rest is named «Ojo de agua», because a pure mineral water river flows there , coming from a reservoir in the shape of a large eye. Abandoned for a long time , this paradise have a luxurious vegetation and a diversified flora, in which we had to find and create our space.
The land occupy both sides of the narrow valley, and essentially consist of unpenetrable rocky slopes. It offer many different landscapes: sometimes large convivial spaces, sometimes dense jungles, mysterious and menacing, sometimes little shaded corners that invites to contemplation.
Lots of people come here searching for UFOs. They wait all night at the feet of the Uriturco, waiting, waiting but no UFO!
For a farmer, the river is the most magical thing here. And it’s true. This water have a charm, a sweet feminine spirit.
When we arrived there in 1999 to practice the first one month summer camp, we had nothing but simply our zazen practice. We chosen to use the resource we had to build our temple, little money but a big working capacity and faith in Master Deshimaru treasure. We builded a kitchen with a wood stove, a refectory, a dojo of more than a 100 square meter( photo on the left), hot showers fed by a well, an ecological bathroom, a little house for Master Kosen, a workshop, a small dormitory and redesigned in terrace a part of the land.
Actually every year we practice, between January, the summer camp of south hemisphere.
«Even if the work and research which a realized at the Shobogenji temple are the perfect antithesis of the research we do in the virtual world of internet, our ideal would be to make them connect together. I mean by this, to make penetrate life and reality (this is to say the spirit) in your computer. To make understand that our day to day reality (our ordinary world)is nothing else than the screen of our consciousness and our karma. It is ours now to process the merging required.»
Ojo de Agua, a 5km de Capilla Capilla del Monte, Córdoba. - Tel. 03548 15 53 05 09
How to come
From the central bus station « retiro» de Buenos Aires, there are very comfortable buses direct to Capilla del Monte. The trip take 12 hour, it’s possible to travel by night in quite comfortable buses, with beds or inclined seats. Once in Capilla del Monte, take a cab for 5 km to «Ojo de Agua».
There is daily flights from Buenos Aires to Cordoba. Many European flights companies also offer flights from Europe to Cordoba. It’s possible to take a cab from the Cordoba airport to Capilla del Monte(1h30), or only to the central bus station and then take the bus from Cordoba to Caplla del Monte ( roughly 5-6 hours overall).
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1st session 19th to 27th January, 6 days of preparation, 2 1/2 days sesshin
2nd session 29th January to 6th February, 6 days of preparation, 2 1/2 days sesshin
3rd session 9th to 17th February 6 days of preparation, 2 1/2 days sesshin
You should arrive in the evening before the first day of each session.
The ordinations will take place during the sesshin of the third session.
Org.: Sangha of Latin America
More information : http://www.zen-deshimaru.com.ar