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.

From Saturday 17 October until Sunday 18 October 2020

Zen Dojo Amsterdam - Gyo Kai

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 The monk Adrian Ho Ken Walton-Smith

Adrian attended his first Summer Camp in 2007. The strength and originality of the Kosen sangha that he found at the Summer Camp and in Amsterdam inspired him to continue the practice of zazen. 

For many years he remained a ‘lay’ practitioner. In 2014 he asked for, and received, the bodhisattva ordination from Master Kosen.

In 2018 he was  ordained monk by Master Ryurin. Currently he practices zazen with the Amsterdam sangha ‘Gyo Kai’. 

In daily life he makes physical special-effects for film.

This sesshin will occur from Saturday 17 October (arrivals the evening before), until Sunday 18 October 2020, in Zen Dojo Amsterdam - Gyo Kai .

Zen Dojo Amsterdam - Gyo Kai

The Zen Dojo Amsterdam has the name Gyo Kai,which means ocean of practice. 

The Dojo is part of the international Kosen Sangha and is under the leadership of master Kosen Thibaut. Shown in the photos, you see people who practice in the dojo, some of them practice on a regular basis and some practice now and again. In the photos you see the following people Anna, Carolien, Ernst, Adrian, Paul, Arnaud, Florian, Jaap, Barbara, Carlos, Patricia, Julia, Gijs and John. Some are monk or non or bosshisatva, others are just to practice.  

We are fathers and mothers, artists, post delivery, psychologist, actrice, musician, architect, coach, filmmaker, teacher, employed or unemployed and all walks of life !!!.

Everyone is very welcome in our dojo to practice zazen.



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Andreas Bonnstraat 12 1091 AX Amsterdam - Tel. +31 (0)6 444 00 270

How to come

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Price :50 €

We have decided to go ahead with the sesshin in a suitable form for the present circumstances.

The recommendations of the RIVM and the government are respected: 10 people in the dojo, 1.5 meters apart, disinfect hands on arrival, ventilate and clean a lot, no ceremony.

Everyone should be safe and feel safe. There is no kitchen in the dojo. There is the Guenmai in the morning, lunch each by themself, dinner is at home.

Zazen hours:

  • Saturday: 8:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. — 12:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 8:00 a.m. — 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.

We would love to know if you will participate. Please respond quickly so that we can get estimates regarding the organization's capacity to do so. Through: info@zendojoamsterdam.nl

To confirm your registration, your payment must be sent by bank transfer by Saturday 10 October at the latest: NL89TRIO0391161024. All income is used to support the dojo. We hope you want / can participate

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