Gotan E Sesshin

Silent retreat : Gotan-e Sesshin 29 march to 1st april



Gotan-e sesshin is held every year at Ryumonji to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha, the historical Buddha. The official date of this festival is April 8.

Every year, we practice a sesshin, a 4-day silent retreat. It is a way to plunge into the heart of zazen, the Zen sôtô meditation through which the Buddha awakened under a tree more than 2600 years ago.

Sesshin takes place in early spring, when nature awakens and offers an example of beautiful, ever-renewed energy.

The teaching will be given by Master Reigen Wang-Genh, assisted by experienced monks and nuns. It is also possible to ask him questions in private - dokusan - or in assembly - mondo.



Arrival on Thursday  at 5pm. Explanations about the practice at around 7pm. Departure on Monday after lunch and check-out (around 3 pm).


(Teaching, accommodation and meals included)

  • Full retreat: 184 € / 138 € (for students and job seekers) 
  • Bed sheet rental: 6 €
  • To participate in the activities of the monastery, you must be a member of the Association of the Zen Temple of Weiterswiller. Annual fee: 15 €. 

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).

In order to register, please write an email to:



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: 


Carpooling Ryumonji Kibo


  • For meditation (zazen): kimono OR comfortable, dark clothing for 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 not allowed. 
  • For everyday use: shoes and work clothes, sandals or flip-flops (to be removed easily), slippers for indoors.
  • Please bring biodegradable hygiene products.
  • Possibility to borrow some items on site. 

Some items are for sale at the temple store. 

Note: mobile phones must be completely switched off throughout the monastery in order to maintain a quiet atmosphere. Possibility to make phone calls in the car parks.


By train
If you need to arrive at Ingwiller station, please coordinate your arrival with the secretariat.


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