Yong Maeng Jong Jin: to leap like a tiger while sitting.
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.
Price: 280€ / 230€ (KUSZ member. 10€ discount for members who attended the last retreat)
Price 3 day optional entry: 200€ / 160€ (KUSZ member)
(The deadline for registration is 3 days before retreat)
|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.
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.
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.
|Transport (download information, download 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).