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Athens, January 19–21, 2018 The Art of „Just sitting“ Zen-Retreat with Bernd Bender

Free Introductory lecture on Zen: Friday, January 19, 7-10p.m.
Retreat Sat. & Sun., January 20-21, 11a.m–6.p.m.
This retreat is organized by Zen in Athens with the support of Zen Center Athens and it is open for everyone: people with or without meditation experience.

Dogen Zenji, a great Zen Master of the 13. century, wrote about Zazen or Zen meditation: „The Zazen I teach is not meditation – it is simply the Great Gate to joy and ease.“
This statement is of course a koan — a zen teaching story through which we can explore our life: Is there anything to accomplish with meditation? Do we feel something is lacking in our life – or is it perfect just as it is? And if so, how can we experience and express this perfection directly?
Dogen gave us the practice of „just sitting“ or shikantaza to express our innermost core, longing and perfection. In this retreat we will explore what „just sitting“ actually is, we will practice „just sitting“ and allow its liberating force to touch us.

Friday evening will begin with an introduction into meditation, followed by a talk on Zen practice. Saturday and Sunday we will sit meditation together, listen to a talk and take time to share and reflect about our own experience.
We will have lunch together in silence, and have individual opportunities to meet and speak with the teacher.
Bernd Bender has practiced Zen since 1987. He went to California in 1994 to continue his studies at San Francisco Zen Center. Bernd received Dharma transmission (authorization to teach) and is a lineage holder in the Zen tradition. In 2012 he moved to Berlin and opened Akazienzendo, a place for a contemporary expression of Zen. (www.akazienzendo.de/en). Since 2014 he has also been teaching at Zen Center Athens (http://www.zencenterathens.com/). While continuing to teach at Zen Center Athens, Bernd will also conduct additional retreats for people who are interested in practicing with him on a regular basis.
In order to make this practice available to anyone who is interested, it is offered on a donation basis. If you can, please give in order to support Zen practice in Athens. If your funds are limited, please feel free to come and give your interest and effort.

Cost:
Friday evening: Introduction into Zen-meditation: free
Saturday & Sunday: Zazen, dharma talks, private conversations with teacher: 40€ both days or 25€ / day
Location: Zen Center Athens, Limpona 2 & Vasilikis, 10560 Athens
Questions & registration: [email protected]
You can attend parts of the retreat. Financial assistance & scholarships available.

Beginning of Classes Zen Day

The next Zen Day is on Sunday January 7th 2018, from 11.00-18.00, at Zen Center Athens.

Classes will begin again on Monday January 8th.

The Zen Day schedule includes 5 sittings, with Kinhin (walking meditation) in between, ending at 17.00-18.00, with discussion between the participants.

Attached further down are the next chapters (2-12 & 2-13), of the 2nd book Shōbōgenzō-zuimonki, which will be the topic of our discussion.

We kindly request that you be at the Center by 11.00.

The lunch break takes place at Zen Center and in silence.
You may bring your own food.

Alternatively, we can organize lunch that includes rice with vegetables and you should inform us by email at: [email protected]

The cost of the lunch is 5 €.

Proposed donation: 10€

For the Holidays Closed

We would like to inform you that our Center will be closed from Friday 22nd of December to Sunday 7th of January.

On Sunday 7/1 Zen Day will take place.

From Monday 8/1, lessons will begin again normally.

We wholeheartedly wish to all,

Happy Holidays and a New Year full of love, health and optimism!

22/12 Christmas at Zen Center Athens!

We are thrilled to invite you to Zen Center’s Christmas celebration!

The program will start with a 30′ yoga session and a 30′ Zen meditation will follow.
After that we will sing together with the *Adi Shakti* kirtan band and we will taste delicious food from Plant Kingdom’s vegan buffet.

Participation: 10 euros

It is essential to reserve your place by sending an email to [email protected] until the 15th of December.

You are all welcome!

Zen Center Athens team
Adi Shakti kirtan band

7/1/18 Next Zen Day

Zen Day of December 10th will not take place.

The next Zen Day is in the new year, on Sunday January 7th 2018, from 11.00-18.00, at Zen Center Athens.

The schedule includes 5 sittings, with Kinhin (walking meditation) in between, ending at 17.00-18.00, with discussion between the participants.

Attached further down are the next chapters (2-12 & 2-13), of the 2nd book Shōbōgenzō-zuimonki, which will be the topic of our discussion.

We kindly request that you be at the Center by 11.00.

The lunch break takes place at Zen Center and in silence.
You may bring your own food.

Alternatively, we can organize lunch that includes rice with vegetables and you should inform us by email at: [email protected]

The cost of the lunch is 5 €.

Proposed donation: 10€