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Intensive week 2020, led by Arne Schaefer JDPSN

November 30, 8:00 pm - December 8, 4:00 pm

Yong Maeng Jong Jin: to leap like a tiger while sitting.

Limited places. This retreat is subject to change depending on Covid-19 conditions

 

  • You will find hydroalcoholic gel in different parts of the Center and we encourage you to bring your own to have in the room.
  • We will use mask in common areas when the safety distance cannot be maintained (you can take it off when you are outside, in the room, sitting in your place in the Dharma room or sitting down to eat).
  • Each participant will have a zafu, zabutón and chanting book to use during the entire retreat (if you use a blanket, do not return it to the pile, leave it in your place and use it during the entire retreat).
  • In the bedrooms, dining room and Dharma room, we will leave the recommended safety distance between beds / chairs / cushions (1.5 m).

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Intensive week, led byArne Schaefer JDPSN (7 days WITH MIDNIGHT PRACTICE, arrival november 30).

Optional entry: (4 days WITH MIDNIGHT PRACTICE, arrival december 4)

Because of the rigorousness of this retreat, it is not suitable for complete beginners to zen practice. It is limited to those who have previously sat at least one retreat.

In this traditional retreat there is an extra practice period at midnight (between midnight and 2 o’clock there is a special energy and the effect of the practice is very powerful). At the end of the retreat we’ll held the Buddha’s Enlightenment Day Ceremony.

The retreats are silent, in our mountain Zen Center located in the middle of nature, in the incredible Natural Park of the Alta Garrotxa in the Pyrenees, the ideal place for a retreat. Participants follow an intensive schedule of sitting and walking meditation, chanting, prostrations and formal meals, in which one tries to keep alive the practice of attention at all times. With kong-an interviews and Dharma talk.

About the teacher:

Arne Schaefer JDPSN began practicing in the Tibetan Kagyu Tradition — Diamond Way — in 1990. He started practicing Zen in the Kwan Um School of Zen in 1992 when he attended a YMJJ in Berlin with Zen Master Seung Sahn and since then has practiced with many teachers of the Kwan Um School of Zen in Europe, Korea and the USA. In April 2010, Arne Schaefer received Inka from Zen Master Wu Bong. He is guiding teacher of the Zen Centers in Dresdenand in Bad Bramstedt and of the Hamburg Zen Group. He was awarded a Master’s degree in religious studies in 1996 and a Master’s degree in psychology in 2002, both from the Free University of Berlin. Additionally he has furthered his studies in solution-focused consulting and co-active coaching. Together with his wife, Irmi Jeuther, he established Lotus Consult to integrate their shared Buddhist background with their work as coaches and consultants. In 2010 Arne also started mindsweets, a small enterprise creating and selling organic sweets for medita(s)ting.

 

(The deadline for registration is 3 days before retreat)

 

 

Price 8 day complete retreat



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Price 

420€

Includes accommodation and food.

Transportation cost not included.

Kwan Um Zen School members

300€

Includes accommodation and food.

Transportation cost not included.

Additionally, you will have a loyalty discount of € 10 if you came to the previous retreat.

 

Price 3 day optional entry



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Price 

180€

Inclou allotjament i menjar.

Cost de transport no inclòs.

Kwan Um Zen School members

130€

Inclou allotjament i menjar.

Cost de transport no inclòs.

Adicionalment, tindrà un descompte de fidelitat de 10€ si va venir al retir anterior. 

 

Practical information (download)

Borisa is very isolated on the mountain. It is important to bring everything in the list and what you might need, there’s no shops were to find what you don’t bring.

  • Hydroalcoholic gel and masks (enough for the entire retreat, we will use it when the safety distance cannot be maintained).
  • Sleeping bag or sheets.
  • Lantern (+ batteries).
  • Towel, toiletries (gel, shampoo, etc. All Zen Center discharges go directly to nature, so we encourage you to use environmentally friendly products).
  • Slippers and mountain shoes.
  • Clothing comfortable for meditation (discreet and neutral colors).
  • Clothing suitable for the season of the year (in the mountains the weather can vary a lot from day to day, and be cold).
  • If you have precepts, please bring your short/long formal robe and kasa.
  • In the Dharma room, socks are always worn.
  • We function with solar panels, so the use of hair dryers, irons, etc. is not allowed. Please use electricity consciously.

Accommodation is in simple, shared rooms, sleeping on the floor with mattresses.

All meals are vegetarian (it is not possible to meet all the special dietary needs of each participant, if you have any intolerance inform us when making your registration for the retreat).

In Borisa there is no telephone or Wifi, and mobile signal is not guaranteed. One of the charms of the Zen Center is the freedom that allows from the cell phone, email and Internet access. In case of emergency, Zen Center can be contact (only WhatsApp or sms) on the phone +34 655 033 018

Everyone participates fully in the schedule. If you are sick or have an emergency that prevents you from attending any part of the schedule, please notify the Head Dharma Teacher.

  • 5.00h Wake up
  • 5.10h 108 bows
  • 5.45h Morning Chanting
  • 6.40h Meditation (2x 30 min)
  • 8h Breakfast
  • 9h Work period
  • 10.20h Break(3 x 30 min)
  • 11h Meditation (3 x 30 min)
  • 13h Lunch
  • 15h Walk outside
  • 15.50h Meditation (1 x 1h)
  • 17h Dinner
  • 18.30h Evening Chanting
  • 19.30h Meditation (2 x 30 min)
  • 20.45h Four Great Vows
  • 22.00h Silence

The retreat ends the last day after lunch.

All participants are expected to follow the following rules and maintain the harmony of the community during the time of retreat.

1. The retreat is done in silence. Zen Master Seung Sahn said: “Silence is better than holiness.” Bodhidharma sat silently in Sorim for nine years. Silence deepens our practice, and it benefits us and others. If your work does not require you to speak, keeping silence will help.

2. Arrive on time for all practice sessions, Dharma talks and meals. Always go to the Dharma room on time when you hear the five-minute moktak. Do not enter or leave the Dharma room during meditation or singing, except to go to or return from an interview.

3. Walking meditation is the continuation of sitting meditation. You can leave the Dharma room during walking meditation when necessary. When you reenter the Dharma room, do it quietly in your proper place on the line.

4. Everyone should attend all practice sessions, including meals and the work period. If you are ill and unable to attend, please notify the Head Dharma Teacher (HDT) before the practice session you are about to miss.

5. Please do not move during meditation. If you are sleepy or your legs hurt, please make a small bow and stand behind your cushion.

6. During the retreat, communication with the outside will not be allowed. Making phone calls, sending or receiving email, etc. is not allowed during the retreat. Mobile phones, etc., can not be used. In case of an emergency, notify the HDT.

7. The HDT will control the opening and closing of the windows and the lights of the Dharma room. If you have a problem or request, tell the HDT.

8. Do not wear brightly colored clothing during the retreat. Do not wear hats in the Dharma room.

9. Smoking is not allowed in the Zen Center, please go to the designated area for it.

10. Please do not read personal books during the retreat, only the books and magazines provided by the Zen Center library.

11. Everyone will have a task to do every day during the work period, especially clean the temple and work in the kitchen. The work period is part of the formal practice. Please do the assigned work with mindfulness.

12. If you have any health problems or special dietary needs, please notify the HDT in advance.

13. If any participant breaks any of the above rules, they will be asked to leave the retreat.

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Transport (download informationdownload indications)

Bori Sa (Alta Garrotxa, Girona) is 160 km from Barcelona (2.5 hours by car) and 23 km from the nearest town, Argelaguer (45 minutes by car).

  • If you do not have your own means of transport, consult the transport options with the Zen Center BEFORE buying any plane ticket, etc.
  • Please, when it comes to organizing your trip keep in mind that it takes several hours to arrive to Borisa and bus schedules are limited.
  • We can not guarantee the last stretch of transport (Argelaguer-Borisa) if you arrive TOO LATE on the first day or leave TOO EARLY on the last day.
  • The retreat ends on the last day around 4pm with informal lunch, if you do not have your own means of transport, keep this in mind when planning your return to Barcelona… (For example, it is necessary to book a flight most late possible in the night or even for the next day. If you need it, you can stay one night at the Barcelona Zen Center free of charge).
  • Car: You can only reach Bori Sa by car. Please, if you have a car and you can take someone or you do not have transportation to Bori Sa, send us an email with your schedule availability. We will try to help you organize your trip! (Travel expenses are shared between travelers).
  • Bus: (www.teisa-bus.com)
    • Route: Barcelona-Argelaguer
      • The bus stop is at c/Pau Claris 117, Barcelona
      • Bus ticket price: 15€
  • Pick up at the bus stop: There is no public transport from the bus stop to the Zen Center, if there were no cars available a pick-up can be organized (fee: 20€, to be shared among the occupants of the vehicle). The pick up is only made the day the retreat begins or ends. Please coordinate the pick up BEFORE you buy any plane ticket, etc.
  • IMPORTANT: THE LAST DAY OF THE RETREAT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO BE IN BARCELONA BEFORE 19H-20H, PLEASE, TAKE IT INTO ACCOUNT AT THE TIME OF RESERVING FLIGHTS, ETC. (Possibility of spending a night in the Barcelona Zen Center free of charge).
  1. (from Barcelona) A-7 motorway towards France, we go out in Girona Nord and continue always towards Olot, once past the deviations in Besalu, the road becomes a dual carriageway. We leave the motorway at exit marked Argelaguer / Tortella.
  2. We pass through the village Argelaguer and turn to Tortella direction. After the traffic light at the entrance of Tortella, take (at the right hand) the road towards Sales de Llierca.
  3. A km later, there is a curve where you will see the mailboxes of Sales village. You must continue on the same road you come from, that turns left. Always follow this road! If in doubt, always take the left fork, only when is asphalt (if the left fork is NOT paved, follow the road where is asphalt).
  4. About 2 km from the mailboxes, the road stops to be paved and divides in two. We will follow the forest track on the left, which begins to rise. You know that you are going well if there is a sign saying not exceed 20 km/h (!).
  5. From here you can follow the signs to “ORRI” the house before Puli (Bori Sa).
  6. The track climbs gradually, is in good condition and has two asphalt sections. When the second stretch of asphalt ends, you will see on your right a house under construction (Monteia), you pass by the road in front of the house. You have already traveled about 7 km of track and there are still a few more. Go forward without leaving the track. About 3 km. of Monteia, and already in “Orri” property (you will pass a green signal that indicates it), the track bifurcates again.
  7. We’ll go to the left, up, toward Sadernes-Bassegoda, along the stretch of concrete. Later the road plans and then comes back up, in a second section of concrete.
  8. A 1 km of the second strecht of concrete, we’ll reach a crossroads, easily identifiable because there are several signs and red hydrant (for fire). We go straight and down.
  9. The descent ends at another crossroads, in which we will continue to the left, starting the climb to the house of Puli.
  10. The last house is Bori Sa.

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ONLINE

 

Price 8 day complete retreat



Price 

210€

Kwan Um Zen School members

150€

 

Price 3 day optional entry



Price 

90€

Kwan Um Zen School members

65€

 

We will meet and practice at Zoom. We will send you an email with the details of access to the retreat. If you don’t have Zoom installed on the device, you can download it for free here. If you get confused with the schedule, don’t worry. Just go in and follow.

There will be a break for meals (see the schedule above). Use walking meditation to go to the bathroom and drink when necessary.

You will receive an invitation to the “virtual” interview room when it is your time. You must accept it to enter and when you finish you will return to the general room. In the interview you have the opportunity to ask any questions about the practice and/or your life and to work with Kong-ans.

Everyone participates fully in the schedule. If you are sick or have an emergency that prevents you from attending any part of the schedule, please notify the Head Dharma Teacher.

  • 5.00h Wake up
  • 5.10h 108 bows
  • 5.45h Morning Chanting
  • 6.40h Meditation (2x 30 min)
  • 8h Breakfast
  • 9h Work period
  • 10.20h Break(3 x 30 min)
  • 11h Meditation (3 x 30 min)
  • 13h Lunch
  • 15h Walk outside
  • 15.50h Meditation (1 x 1h)
  • 17h Dinner
  • 18.30h Evening Chanting
  • 19.30h Meditation (2 x 30 min)
  • 20.45h Four Great Vows
  • 22.00h Silence

The retreat ends the last day after lunch.

Try to find a quiet place in your house where you can practice without interruptions. You can place a small table where you can put anything that inspires you to practice meditation, such as a statue of the Buddha, an image, a candle and/or incense. This is optional. Sit on a meditation cushion, if you have one, or on a cushion that allows you to be comfortable in the meditation position. Follow the directions on the microphone for meditation, changing, breaks, interviews, etc.
(If there is chants in the retreat, take the printed or downloaded chanting book to a convenient tablet or device to have on hand.)

You can participate with a phone or tablet, but a laptop is highly recommended because you will see a larger image and more participants at the same time.

All participants are expected to follow the rules and maintain the harmony of the community during the retreat time.

1. The retreat is done in silence. Zen Master Seung Sahn said, “Silence is better than holiness.” Bodhidharma sat silently in Sorim for nine years. Silence deepens our practice, and benefits us and others. If your job doesn’t require you to speak, keeping silence will help you.

2. Be on time for all practice sessions and Dharma talks. Always access the Dharma room online on time. Do not enter or leave the Dharma room during meditation or chanting, except for going to or returning from an interview or attend an unforeseen event.

3. Walking meditation is the continuation of sitting meditation. You can leave your physical space and the online Dharma room during walking meditation when necessary. When re-entering the Dharma room online, please do so with the microphone turned off.

4. Everyone must attend all practice sessions. If you are sick and cannot attend, please notify the Head Dharma Teacher (HDT) before the practice session that you have to miss.

5. If during meditation you are sleepy or your legs hurt, you can make a little bow and stand behind your cushion to continue the meditation.

6. During the retreat we recommend that you avoid communication with the outside whenever possible. Making phone calls, sending or receiving email, etc., will distract you from your meditative state.

7. The HDT will control the opening and closing of the Dharma room and access to the interview room. If you have any problem or request, tell HDT.

8. Do not wear brightly colored clothing or hats during the retreat.

9. The work period is part of the formal practice. Take advantage of it to perform tasks at home mindfully.

10. If a participant breaks any of the rules above, will be asked to leave the retreat.

If you want to do the retreat but your personal and / or family situation does not allow you to attend the entire day, contact us via e-mail.

To formalize your online retreat registration, please make the payment using one of the following options:

  • Paypal: boricentrozen@hotmail.com
  • Bank transfer:
    • Bori Zen Center Association (CaixaBank)
    • IBAN: ES26 2100 0539 7201 0050 3923

Remember to include your name in the concept of the transfer and refer to the retreat, for example: June retreat Mery Johanson.

Once the transfer has been made, remember to send an email to boricentrozen@hotmail.com with proof of payment.

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Details

Start:
November 30, 8:00 pm
End:
December 8, 4:00 pm
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Organizer

Bori Zen Center
Phone:
+34 655 033 018
Email:
boricentrozen@hotmail.com

Venue

Retreat Center
Bori Sa (Puli)
Sales de Llierca, Girona 17853 Spain
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Phone:
+ 34 655 033 018