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24/9/17 Zen Day

On Sunday 24th of September 2017 from 11.00-18.00, Zen Day will take place 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 (2-3 & 2-4), of the 2nd book Shōbōgenzō-zuimonki, that will be the topic of discussion.

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

From now on, lunch will be prepared at Zen Center, it will be the same for everyone and consist of rice and seasonal vegetable soup .
We will practice using oryoki. Oryoki is the way monks eat in the Zen monasteries and perhaps the most sophisticated way to eat.

There is a 5€ charge that covers the meal cost.
Please  inform us in advance of your participation at [email protected]  in order for us to calculate the amount of food.

*Proposed participation Donation: 10€

6/9/17 Beginning of Lessons

We would like to inform you that from tomorrow, Wednesday 6/9, Zen Center will be open and lessons will begin as normal.

Thank you.

Summer break Lessons

We would like to inform you that Zen Center will be closed in August.

Lessons will begin on Wednesday 6/9, due to the Zen Sesshin with Koten Roshi that will take place on 1-6/9.

1-6/9/2017 Ζen Sesshin with Koten Roshi & Doiku Sensei

After consulting with our Τeacher Koten Roshi, this year we will dare to have a five-day sesshin at Zen Center in Athens, following the Hosshinji monastery schedule, which is attached further down.

That way, we will have the opportunity of being with the Teachers for longer, fully experiencing the practise of a traditional sesshin.

This requires your total commitment for the entire duration.

The sesshin will begin on Friday 1/9, from 19: 00-21: 00, with Koten Roshi’s speech that is open to everyone, where your questions will be answered. Those who decide to participate will be staying at the Zen Center zendo from Friday 1/9 until Wednesday 6/9 at 11:30.

Alternatively, those who are unable to participate in all five days, can leave on Monday 4/9 at the same time.

I want to remind you that the sesshin takes place in silence, without mobiles, laptops, books, etc.

Because Docusan is one of Zen’s most important and enforced practices and because it isn’t possible to have more frequent contact with Koten Roshi & Doiku Sensei’s translation, I would suggest that you use up the opportunity given to you.

This sesshin is of course recommended for those who already have some experience with Zen and want it to deepen.

The cost is 40 € / day and includes 3 meals.

For those interested in participating, please contact me at 6973228189.

Yours sincerely,

Konstantinos Sgoumpopoulos

16/7/17 Zen Day

On Sunday July 16th, 2017 from 11.00-18.00, Zen Day will take place 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 first chapters (2-1 & 2-2), of the 2nd book Shōbōgenzō-zuimonki, which will be the topic of the 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€