Dharma.house was founded in 2016, as a complementary offer to traditional meditation centres. Our mission is to inspire, and show by example that it is possible to create, another way of life, free from ordinary pettiness, free from complaining about our circumstances and free from mental rigidity.

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“Just sitting”

led by Denis Wallez,

Saturday 17th (7am) – Sunday 18th (7pm) December 2016,

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.

Practicalities

Fully booked (register your interest, to be on the waiting list and for a similar retreat to be scheduled soon)

2 days of instructions, questions&answers, experiments and exploration (including some periods of silence). 2–3 nights: arrive on Friday evening, leave on Sunday evening or Monday.

Standard rate, per person: € 100 + 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.

See also the Frequently Asked Questions page.

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