Zen meditation

Zen meditation has been practised in the Abbey of Our Lady of Refuge since 1971 and mainly developed under the influence of Father Hugo Enomiya Lassalle and Karlfried Graf von Dürckheim who were guests in Zundert on several occasions to give Zen sessions.

Zazen and meditation

Zazen is sitting in awareness. ‘Za’ means seated; ‘zen’ means inner contemplation, the representation of the Chinese word ch’an and of the Sanskrit dhyana.
It involves an empty lucidity, beyond every conception, objectification of thought, or emotional attachments.
The intention is to set in motion a process of consciousness that leads to the discovery of the innermost self, affording this consciousness a place in the reality of daily life.
Silent focus is aided by good physical posture – relaxed and straight – and being aware of your breathing.
During the meditation sessions (sesshins) a seated posture is alternated with walking meditation (kinhin), brief presentations (teishos) are given and there is the opportunity for contact/discussion with the Zen master (dokusan).

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Nothing in all creation is so like God as stillness.

Meister Eckhart


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