The Summer Camp
In Japan “Ango” is a tradition which has been going on since the time of Buddha. It was a period of practice which saw the whole Sangha coming together around the Buddha during the rainy season.
Our sessions include
- A period of preparation lasting between 4 to 6 days followed by a sesshin (period of more intensive practice)
- Teachings in the dojo (kusen).
- Samu: taking part in the daily tasks of the temple (zen kitchen, garden, maintenance, sewing of the kesa). Samu is a japanese word which literally means “doing things”, as in “things to do”. Samu is work for the temple and the community, and forms an integral part of the practice.
- Various related activities: yoga, do-in, shiatsu...
Master Kosen gives ordenations for Bodhisattva and monk at the end of the third session.
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.
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
Pierre Leroux encountered Zen in Rennes in 1986 and since then continued without interruption the practice of zen. For ten years he engaged in all the sesshins and intensive camps at The Gendronnière zen temple funded by Master Taisen Deshimaru, fullfilling duties at the temple’s kitchen. In 1991, Master Kosen , the heir in the dharma of Master Taisen Deshimaru, ordained him zen monk the Gendronnière temple.
From 1993, when Master Kosen created his own sangha, he became the historical Tenzo of the sangha (head chief in the kitchen of a zen temple). He instructed numerous disciples in the practice of zen and samu (handyworks). In 1999 he cofounded the Barcelona’s Zen Dojo in Gracia neighbourhood. October 2009 he received the transmission ( Shiho) from the hands of his master, Master Kosen at Yujo Nyusanji temple, in consequence becoming Master Soko, 85th successor of Shakyamuni Bouddha in the Soto Zen tradition.
Christophe Ryurin Desmur is a zen monk since 1989. He is responsible for the practice of Zen in Lyon. Chinese calligraphy teacher, he is the Kosen Sangha official calligrapher.
October 8th 2009 he received the Shiho (dharma transmission) from the hands of Master Kosen
Zen nun since 1984, Françoise Jomon Julien is the founder and responsible for the Dijon Zen Dojo.
Nowadays Master Kosen's disciple, she started practising in 1979 with Master Deshimaru, of whom she received the bodhisattva ordination.
Yujo Nyusanji Zen Temple was founded by Master Kosen, heir of Master Mokudo Taisen Deshimaru's Dharma. Master Kosen, his disciples, and members of Zen Deshimaru Buddhist nonprofit organization retire to the temple to practice sesshins, samu, and daily gyoji. . . and also to recharge their batteries, take a deep breath of mountain air, spot wild mouflons, learn archery, and dive in the peaceful atmosphere of forests and rivers.
The Caroux Zen Temple is located right in the heart of the Haut-Languedoc regional natural park, 1 h 40 west of Montpellier, France.
Route du Hameau de Douch 34610 Rosis - Tel. +33/(0)188.8.131.52.49
How to come
- By car. There are at least four possible routes from the valley of Orb. We suggest you go through Hérépian, d13 towards Saint-Gervais, then d13e12 towards the Horte, then continue to Rosis then to Douch, turn right 1 km before Douch (zen temple sign). Coming from Toulouse, it is faster to pass by the d180 on the Espinouse pass.
- By train, there are bus services for Lamalou for 1.5 euros which leave from Montpellier and Béziers. You can even bring a bike on them.
A pickup is organized in Lamalou, opposite the casino, on the arrival day of sessions and sesshins, by default at 20H05. When you register, just remember to indicate, in the public message field, that you wish to be picked up. Notice that if you need to, it is possible for you to log in again and modify this message. taxi from Lamalou: 06 08 77 12 96 -cost: 25 euros aprox.
- On foot, from Montpellier, do not get off at Lamalou, but in Colombières-sur-orb (bus 15H45 -17H35 from Mosson), go up by the gorges of Colombières, to the left of the river -it is beautiful and, you can swim there. Not to be done if it rains. The journey takes about 2h30, once you arrived at the "Col des Avels", continue to Rosis, then to Douch.
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Summer Camp : 14 July till 22 August 2020
2 sessions of 9 days, 1 session of 10 days, 1 session of 8 days
- 1st session led by Master Soko Leroux : 14 till 22 July, 6 days of preparation, 2 1/2 of sesshin
- 2nd session led by Master Ryurin Desmur : 24 July till 1 August, 6 days of preparation, 2 1/2 of sesshin
- 3rd session led by Master Kosen : 4 till 13 August, 6 days of preparation, 3 1/2 of sesshin
- 4th session led by Master Jomon Julien : 15 till 22 August, 5 days of preparation, 2 1/2 of sesshin
Arrival should be on the evening before each session. A session ends on the last day after lunch.
Price (normal price/ reduced price)
The second reduced price may be given to persons of lesser means subject to agreement by the director of the sesshin.
|1, 2||455 € / 365 €||170 € / 140 €|
|3||510 € / 405 €||225 € / 185 €|
|4||355 € / 285 €||170 € / 140 €|
|3 sessions 655 €||4 sessions 775 €|
The american plan is included in the price.
Price for children : until 3 years old : fuse (donation) ; from 3 until 8 years old : 30% of adult price ; more than 8 years old : 50% of adult price.
The General Assembly will take place during the preparation for the 3rd session.
“Full-timers” are participants who stay for the entire Summer Camp and are involved in it’s organisation and working. They must arrive one day before the start of the camp to assume their responsibility and should leave the temple at the end of the camp when everything has been finished.
A full-timer pays a reduced tariff, (see details of pricing below).
To be able to be part of the full-timers team, send an e-mail to permanent(@)zen-deshimaru.com or send a letter to Dojo Zen 34, rue Bourrely 34000 Montpellier. This request should be made one month before the start of the camp.
We recommend to sign up at least two weeks before sesshin begins (food order...).
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