Traditional Zen practice takes place in a dojo.
- The physical proximity with senior practitioners creates a strong atmosphere of concentration.
- As well, you can receive corrections on your posture or your state of mind in a direct manner.
However, for people who cannot go to a dojo, we also suggest practicing zazen in a group through internet, using the zoom application, at the “online dojo of the kosen sangha”. This new form of practice, that we call "zazoom", exists since 2016. However, zazoom really took off in 2020 with the various confinements caused by COVID. Zazoom encourages people to follow a regular weekly practice of zazen, connected to the sangha.
We use a smartphone, a computer, or ideally a good tablet. The device should be placed at the side of the practitioner showing the profile of their posture, so that it does not disturb their zazen. Zazoom is led by an experienced zen nun or monk. The person leading has the screen placed in front in order to see the postures of every participant and correct them if needed by voice. The leader receives the energy from the posture of the participants, and can retransmit it to all via oral teaching (kusen). Silence is respected: some leaders prefer not to say anything at all, others prepare their kusen before zazen, and deliver it for a few minutes during zazen, in French, English or Spanish.
Zazoom takes place from Tuesdays to Fridays at 7:00 am, some evenings at 7:00 or 7:30 pm, and some mornings at 6:00 am. On Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00 or 11:00 am. The sangha of Master Kosen exists in Central Europe as well as in Latin America, and these time indications are therefore valid for the local time of both these continents, that is to say at UTC+2 and UTC-3. This means that, on certain days, up to 5 sessions are offered throughout the day.
Visit http://zazoom.org for more details and to find out how to connect.
How much does it cost?
Participation is free. If you are affiliated with a dojo and practice with Zazoom during a lockdown period, please continue to pay your membership fee to your dojo. Otherwise, you can also donate to the Kosen Sangha.
Help with sewing the kesa online
If you need help continuing a kesa or rakusu, the nun Alga Koden Del Mar offers a sewing samu in the online dojo on Fridays at 2:00 pm.