Individual practice is welcome at the house.
Outside of group retreats, it is possible to step back from one's habits and tendencies and from the treadmill, to reflect and gain insights by taking time for a “personal retreat.”
During such a period, you can experiment, heal, practice, read (you have access to the library), research… and benefit from as much or as little guidance as you may request from Denis (Dharma) or from Fariyal (creativity coaching), without a predetermined “course” structure.
Meditative practices are encouraged (previous experience of meditation is recommended, but not strictly necessary since guidance will be available if needed).
Please contact us to discuss details and participation.
Past retreats, in English, included for example Developing mindfulness in daily life (already re-programmed), or Stress management and work / life balance. Past seminars include Daily life is a struggle, but does it really have to be?
Currently scheduled group retreats are below:
Introduction to Buddhism, in French.
Of all the causes of stress, the primary is a mis-alignment between reality and one's model of reality, i.e. expectations. Women are subjected to many pressures, many representations are projected on them, and some will be internalised; this retreat is about developing skills to free oneself from the most oppressive combinations of such views. Details…
« Buddhism and society: restraint or engagement? », in French.
This retreat considers the “engaged” facet of Buddhism. On one hand, monks and nuns vow not to serve certain people to the detriment of others, and the very idea of comparing leaders is rejected (Rājā sutta, Ud 2.2). On the other hand, the Buddha has given political and social advice, not nominatively but in connection with actions that reduce or increase suffering… So, restraint or engagement? Details…
« How to stop polluting our lives? », in French.
The causal theory of kamma (in Pāḷi, karma in Sanskrit) is rejected by some as a simple cultural context for the Buddha, an ancient, outdated explanation, as erroneous as a geocentric view placing the Earth at the center of the universe. Others reject it as one of the possible beliefs in a “just world” (a cognitive bias which implies some cosmic order or justice, but often assigns blame to victims, thus reducing compassion). But kamma is first and foremost about what we do in the present which will pollute our future. How did the Buddha present it? Details…
Chán Buddhism (Chinese) is associated with the Shàolín temple, famous for its kung-fu; Zen Buddhism (Japanese) is intimately associated with the Japanese martial culture, its Way of the Warrior (bushido), its samurais. What is the link between martial arts and the Buddha having professed qualities such as generosity (including that of offering security to others), restraint, love, compassion, self-control and lack of aversion? And how can it be practised today? Details…
« Zen and martial arts… or how to go beyond fear? », in French.
« Peaceful relationships », in French.
The positive expression of the Buddhist “non-self” is “inter-dependence”: we are not the center of the world, and our existence can only be defined “in relation” (to a context, to objects, to others). Cultivating inner peace therefore calls for establishing peaceful relationships with those around us: close relationships, less close, friends, enemies… This retreat addresses where our responsibility lies, and how not to perpetually wait for others to make the first step. Details…
This retreat will introduce one technique from these traditions to
directly see reality as it is: zhǐguǎn dǎzuò (or shikantaza), “just sitting”, introduced by
Tiāntóng Rújìng, a monk
of the Cáodòng school (and teacher of
Dōgen, who then founded the Sōtō school in Japan). Often, this is simply
Is meditation part of your good resolutions for 2018? Counting on an extra to a yoga class is not the idea of the century: to improvise, or to reinvent the wheel, in connection with mental balance is not the most responsible! To avoid the fate usually reserved for such resolutions, put all the chances on your side and make a promising (re)start! Details…
“Developing mindfulness in daily life”, in French.
You can influence future group retreats —what is programmed, and how soon it is scheduled— by contacting us and suggesting topics.