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 18 February until Sunday 19 February 2023
Dojo de Montreuil
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 Le moine Sen Ki Frédéric Gruau
Senki Fred Gruau has been practicing zazen since 1988, and the Northern Hemisphere Sangha Kosen Summer Camp as a permanent (one month during the summer) since 1989. He was ordained a Zen monk in 1993, by Master Kosen. He has been practicing in his dojo since 1996, in Amsterdam, then in Montpellier, until today.
Luckily, Paula, with whom he will marry, also begins to follow Master Kosen, in Amsterdam, January 1996. Between 1993 and 2001, Fred also took part in the summer camp of the kosen sangha - southern hemisphere, at the Shobogenji temple.
In 2001, he obtained a position as a teacher-researcher, in computer science, at the university. In 2002, birth of Ella, in 2007 birth of Eno, so called because it was a small miracle. Responsible for the website of the kosen Sangha, in cooperation with Henri Mouillefarine, from 1996 to 2007.
Fred is also passionate about his research project in computer science, on which he has been working since 1995.
This sesshin will occur from Saturday 18 February (arrivals the evening before), until Sunday 19 February 2023, in Dojo de Montreuil.
Dojo de Montreuil
8 rue Gutenberg 93100 Montreuil - Tel. x
How to come
Métro Robespierre (ligne 9), 318 arrêt Robespierre
Le dojo est situé derrière la halle M. Dufriche, au fond de la cour à droite.
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We offer two prices
- For people of modest means : 60 €
- For people able to pay the sesshin at its right price :75 €
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