07. Formalize the registration

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.

06. Retreat rules

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. Mobile phones, personal computers or any communication equipment may not be used during the retreat.​ All outside communications are suspended for the duration of the retreat and there will be no wifi service in the Zen Center. 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. Read them during breaks and put them back on the shelf.

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.

05. YMJJ Schedule

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
  • 5.15h 108 bows
  • 5.45h Morning Chanting
  • 6.40h Meditation (2x 30 min)
  • 8h Breakfast
  • 9h Work period
  • 10.20h Break
  • 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.

04. Connectivity

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

03. Food

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).

02. Accomodation

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

01. What to bring

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.

  • 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).
  • Kit of basic medicines that you may need (cough, cold…), insect repellent, sunscreen, antihistamines (if you are allergic to animal hair, plants, dust…), etc.
  • 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 and water consciously.