A sesshin is a period dedicated to meditation zen, zazen : sitting meditation in the traditional posture of lotus, practised by human being since prehistory. Time of a sesshin, join Master Kosen sangha and discover o deepen zazen practice.

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 La nonne Ko Den, Alga Del Mar

la nonne Ko Den Alga Del Mar

Hace muchos años que mi vía es sentarme en zazen cotidianamente.
Desde ahí miles de aristas brillan al efluvio de la exhalación dandole fuerza y dinamismo al hecho de vivir.
Dirijo el dojo Mei Ran en Amsterdam.

This sesshin will occur from Saturday 30 March 2019 (arrivals the evening before), until Sunday 31 March 2019, in Dojo de Montreuil.

Dojo de Montreuil


8 rue Gutenberg 93100 Montreuil - Tel. x

How to come

Métro Robespierre (ligne 9), 318 arrêt Robespierre

Le dojo est situé derrière la halle M. Dufriche, au fond de la cour à droite.

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We offer two prices

  • For people of modest means : 55 €
  • For people able to pay the sesshin at its right price :70 €

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Next sesshin : from 30 March 2019 to 31 March 2019 - Information and registration to this zen retreat

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