Online Rôhatsu sesshin : intensive meditation retreat

In these difficult times for all, let us continue to practice together. We suggest that you follow all the sesshin from your home: zazen, ceremonies, ritual meals, teachings, questions and answers.



In this very special time we will practice this Rohatsu sesshin in a special way! Together but at a distance for many of us.

In the Hatto of the temple or in a room of your house or flat, we will practice from very early in the morning to late in the evening for a week.

As the temple has no financial resources during the months of November and December, I would be very grateful if you would consider making a donation for this Rohatsu sesshin and thus join the practice of Dana Paramita to the practice of zazen.

A thousand thanks and a big Gassho for your generosity and... good Rohatsu Sesshin!

Olivier Reigen WANG-GENH

Abbot of Ryumonji.


You can make a donation on :

Domiciliation of the account : Crédit Mutuel Strasbourg Europe

IBAN : FR76 1027 8010 0900 0204 2350 194 - BIC : CMCIFR2A


During the first week of december the traditional Rohatsu sesshin will take place. This is a unique opportunity to deepen one's practice by plunging, in silence, into sitting meditationzazen.

Rôhatsu's literal meaning is "the eighth day of the twelth month". The 8th of december is traditionally kept as a commemoration of the awakening of Shâkyamuni Buddha. It was on this day that Shâkyamuni was enlightened when he saw the evening star after having spent several weeks in zazen.

In order to celebrate this historic occasion zen temples organise a Rôhatsu sesshin.

The specificity of this sesshin - retreat - is that it involves a more or less continuous practice of zazen for 12 to 14 hours a day, in complete silence and with only minimal teaching or samou. Everything is focussed on zazen which starts very early in the morning and finishes around 9:30pm.

The teaching will be given by the Buddhist Master Olivier Reigen Wang-Genh. 

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This Rôhatsu-sesshin is of course open to everyone, for both beginners and ordained people alike, and is an opportunity to delve into the heart of Soto Zen. It is an irreplaceable experience for all practitioners of the Buddha's path. 

It will take place from Sunday 29 November to Saturday 5 December.

In order to put you fully in the spirit of the sesshin, you are asked to register formally. 

You will then receive all the practical information and the procedure to follow.



Timetables will be posted on the ZEN-ONLINE page on the eve of each day.

The introductory teaching for Rohatsu and the opening ceremony will take place on Saturday 28 November at 18.45 on ZEN-ONLINE.

4:00 Wake up
4:30 Zazen - kinhin - zazen
Tea break
6:30 - 8:00 Zazen - kinhin - zazen
8:00 - 8:30 Genmai
Coffee  - rest
9:30 - 12:00 Zazen - kinhin - zazen
Nitchu - Ceremony
12:30 Meal
Coffee - rest
14:45 - 17:15 Zazen - kinhin - zazen
Banka - Ceremony
17:45 Evening meal
18:30 Samou - cleaning
19:00 - 20:30 Zazen - kinhin - zazen
Kaijo - Ceremony
20:45 Herbal Tea
21:00 Bed time

To support your zazen practice - zen meditation - Master Wang-Genh has recorded a series of thematic videos.

They are available in French, with English subtitles. You need to enable the subtitles. The views were taken at the Zen monastery Ryumonji ( Alsace) where Master Wang-Genh most often resides.

Videos - How to meditate? With Master Wang-Genh

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