led by Denis Wallez,
Tuesday 26th (7am) – Saturday 30th (7pm) December 2017,
at the house,
bilingual (English / French).
The Chán traditions (in Chinese, Zen in Japanese) have a dislike for descriptions: no matter how accurate and/or precise your description of e.g. water might be, how long can you live on such a description alone, without anything else to drink? No matter how useful your analysis might be in some other context, it won't be particularly helpful in order to quench your thirst.
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 called zazen.
5 days of instructions, questions&answers, experiments and exploration (including some periods of silence). 5–6 nights: arrive on Monday evening, leave on Saturday evening or Sunday.
Standard rate, per person: € 250 + dāna
If your circumstances do not allow you to afford such a rate, please contact us to explore alternatives or to apply for a bursary.
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