Ma première sesshin - 12 au 14 avril

Meditation Retreat - First sesshin 12 - 14 April



This sesshin, open to all, is particularly aimed at beginners in Zen practice. 

A new feature! Ryumonji Monastery now offers you the possibility of carpooling, in order to share travel costs while reducing your carbon footprint. A more ecological and economical solution, while sharing a convivial moment between retreat participants :)

It is intended for people who wish to discover zazen and daily life in a temple. Lectures and exchanges between participants will clarify the spirit of a sesshin, the meaning of the ceremonies and the practice in general.

The programme includes zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), teachings and a silent ritual meal. Participants experience the Soto Zen practice that has been passed down through the centuries and permeates all aspects of daily life. 

A good opportunity for some to take the plunge, and for others to refresh their knowledge!

The sesshin will take place from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 April. Arrival on Thursday 11 April at 5pm. Introductory lecture at around 7pm. Departure on Sunday 14 April after lunch and tidying up (3 p.m.).


(Teaching, accommodation and meals included)

  • Compleat retreat: 311 € (235 € for students and job seekers, 150 € under 25) 
  • Bed sheet rental: 6 €.
  • To participate in the activities of the monastery, you must be a member of the Weiterswiller Zen Temple Association. Annual membership fee: 15 €

I want to register

Or, please send an email to:


INFORMATION : The Community of Communes of Hanau La Petite Pierre has introduced a tourist tax on the territory to contribute to the development of tourism activities. This tourist tax is applicable from May 1st 2022 at a rate of 80 cents per person per night (to pay in addition to the sesshin).



As a participant, we offer you the opportunity to organise car pooling so that you can share the cost while reducing your carbon footprint. And all this while sharing a moment of conviviality with other retreatants :)

Click on the link below to go straight to the event created especially for you. All you need to do is

  • offer one or more places in your vehicle. For the sake of organisation, we ask you to enter your full name and to specify the main stages of your journey for better readability for potential passengers. You can also specify the cost of each passenger (services such as ViaMicheln or Mappy will enable you to calculate the overall cost of your journey)
  • ask for a carpooling solution if you do not have a car. By specifying your place of departure, or the place where you could find a car owner, drivers will know if they can meet your request or not.

Whether you are a driver or a passenger, the platform allows you to exchange messages with each other at any time to request information or simply agree on the details of your trip together.

Shall we travel together ?

Have a nice trip !

To register, please click on the button below: 


Ryumonji-Kibo carpooling


  • For meditation (zazen): kimono OR comfortable dark clothes for the practice. If you have a zafu (black or brown meditation cushion), you can bring it. 
  • For meals: bowl + spoon + fork + a large dark napkin to wrap the bowl + a small white handkerchief-type napkin.
  • For the beds: single duvet cover + single fitted sheet + pillowcase - sleeping bags are not allowed. 
  • For everyday use: shoes and work clothes, sandals or flip-flops (easy to remove), slippers for indoors.
  • Please bring biodegradable hygiene products.
  • It is possible to borrow certain items on site.
  • Some items are for sale in the temple shop.

Please note: mobile phones must be completely switched off in the monastery. It is possible to make phone calls in the car parks. 



By train
If you'll arrive at Ingwiller station, please coordinate your arrival with the office.

03 88 89 26 02 (Tuesday to Sunday, 9.30am-12pm).

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A sample programme (subject to change)


5pm-8:15pm Arrival + introductory lecture
8:30pm Lunch in silence taken with bowls
9pm Workshop to discover Zen meditation - zazen - 
and walking meditation - kinhin
10:30pm Sleep



06:30am Wake up
07:00am Zazen - 30 minutes - kinhin - 10 minutes - zazen - 25 minutes
08:15am Morning Ceremony
Dedicating one's practice for the sake of all beings
08:45am Lunch in silence
10:00am Conference for beginners
11:00am Zazen - 30 minutes, kinhin - 10 minutes, teisho -
Teaching of Master Wang-Genh
12:30pm Lunch in silence
1:00pm Tea, coffee, dessert
2:45pm Samu  - service to the community 
cooking, cleaning, gardening...
4pm Tea break
4:15pm - 5:00pm Workshop on deepening the posture of zazen
5:30pm Zazen - 30 minutes, kinhin - 10 minutes,
Mondo - Q&A with Master Wang-Genh
6:45pm Lunch in silence
8:30pm Zazen - 30 minutes, kinhin - 10 minutes, mondo -
Then ceremony for the end of the day
10:15pm Sleep



06:00am Wake up
06:30am Zazen -  30 minutes - kinhin - 10 minutes - zazen - 25 minutes
07:45am Morning ceremony, dedicating one's practice for the good of all beings
08:15am Genmai - meal in silence
08:45am Tea, coffee, brioche
09:30- 10:30am Samu (service to the community): cooking, cleaning, gardening...
11:00am Zazen - 30 minutes, kinhin - 10 minutes, teisho -
Teaching of Master Wang-Genh
12:30pm Lunch 
1:00 pm Tea, coffee, dessert
2pm Tidying up - END

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