The Madrid zen dojo is an authentic and traditional Zen dojo dedicated to the daily practice of Zen.
The responsible has received monk or nun ordination, and practice the main sesshins within the Kosen Sangha.
The dojo welcomes anybody wishing to discover the practice of zazen, in the spirit transmitted by Master Deshimaru.
This dojo is directed 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.
On the days and times shown below, the Dojo is opened for the practice of Zazen. Zazen lasts around an hour and a half. We ask you to arrive 10 minutes in advance to prepare yourself for Zazen.
Beginners' course in the practice of Zazen
The beginners' course takes place each Saturday,
During the beginners' course, you will be shown the different sorts of meditation exercises which are traditionally practiced in an authentic Zen Dojo : Zazen, Kin-Hin, Sampaï, Gassho.
You will be assisted in the practice of these various exercises by zen monks or advanced practitioners. You will also learn about proper behaviour and attitude in a Dojo during meditation.
The course lasts 45 minutes and is followed by a 1 hour Zazen. This is free of charge. No need to register in advance. Just dress in loose fitting, dark clothes.
Enseignement du Kesa, massages, calligraphie
Address : Calle Conde de Romanones, 5, Esc A, 3 Izq. 28012 Madrid SPAIN
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