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 Thursday 15 June until Sunday 18 June 2023
Yujo Nyusanji zen temple
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 The nun Françoise Kosen Laurent
Françoise Kosen Laurent, former model or Louis Ferraud! Françoise chose the sewing of the sacred robe of the Buddha and became one of the oldest nuns of Master Deshimaru. She sewed her first rakusu in 1976, when she was ordained a zen nun.
Co-founder of the second dojo on Pernety Street, called "the workshop", where Deshimaru's real sangha truly began.
There, monks and nuns cooked the ’’guenmai’’ (traditional rice soup from the ancient Zen temples) that zazen participants ate every morning with Master Deshimaru. In this workshop, the kesa was sewn, and kimonos, kolomos, zafus were made ..... Later on, Françoise continued and deepened this practice, which she then taught in turn in the dojos and during the sesshins. And particularly at the temple of La Gendronnière.
In 2006, she met Master Kojun Kishigami, (last direct disciple of Master Kodo Sawaki), considered in Japan as a national treasure for his knowledge and practice of the kesa. Thanks to this relationship with Master Kishigami, she allows us today to deepen the study of the kesa "Nyoho e", in the tradition of Master Dogen and Master Mensan.
An meeting not to be missed for those who are passionate about this subject or for those who want to advance the sewing of their own kesa or rakusu.
This sesshin will occur from Thursday 15 June (arrivals the evening before), until Sunday 18 June 2023, in Yujo Nyusanji zen temple.
Yujo Nyusanji zen temple
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) 749703533
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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We offer two prices
- For people of modest means : 21 €
- For people able to pay the sesshin at its right price :28 €
The price is 28 € per day, 21 € (reduced rate)
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.
Signups closed for this sesshin