Sesshin is a traditional Japanese word which means "Touch the spirit". It refers to a zen meditation retreat during which the practitioners live to the rhythm of the intensive practice in the Zen temple.

Such a period usually alternates four sessions of Zazen a day with periods of free time, meals, traditional ceremonies and participation in the necessary tasks of the temple (Samu).

Monks and nuns of the Sangha come together during Sesshins to deepen their practice under the Master's direction. Sesshins also allows beginners to discover authentic temple life.

Indeed sesshins offer a perfect framework to deepen and refresh the practice of Zen.

Sesshins led by zen Master Kosen

Sesshins led by masters of Kosen Sangha

Autumn camp 2023

Thursday, November 2, 2023 to Sunday, November 5, 2023

Master Soko Leroux

Amsterdam Sesshin November 2023

Saturday, November 25, 2023 to Sunday, November 26, 2023

The monk Florian Hara Sho Richter

Winter camp 2023

Thursday, December 28, 2023 to Monday, January 1, 2024

Master Rei Kiku Femenias

Sesshin of Lyon 2024

Saturday, January 27, 2024 to Sunday, January 28, 2024

Master Ryurin Desmur

Winter's end sesshin 2024

Saturday, February 24, 2024 to Sunday, February 25, 2024

La nonne Myokan, Véronique Harruis

Sesshin of Dijon 2024

Saturday, March 9, 2024 to Sunday, March 10, 2024

Master Gyu Ji Ingrid Igelnick

Easter Sesshin 2024

Friday, March 29, 2024 to Monday, April 1, 2024

The nun San Pai Gabriela Sobel

Sesshin of Saint Céré 2024

Saturday, April 13, 2024 to Sunday, April 14, 2024

Master Jomon Julien

Spring Camp 2024

Wednesday, May 8, 2024 to Sunday, May 12, 2024

Master Jomon Julien

Sewing the Kesa 2024

Thursday, June 13, 2024 to Sunday, June 16, 2024

The nun Françoise Kosen Laurent

Amsterdam Sesshin June 2024

Saturday, June 22, 2024 to Sunday, June 23, 2024

Master Soko Leroux

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Next sesshin : from 02 November 2023 to 05 November 2023 - Information and registration to this zen retreat

Autumn camp 2023 : Zazen the méditation Zen, Caroux Temple near of Montpellier

Strange is really the way which drives to the Cold Mount We see no beaten track, no trace of hoof. The valleys meander to lost of sight, The summits sparkle of dew and the pines mutter under the wind Did you not understand yet? Reality asks the way to the shadow.


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