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September 2023

Opening Times

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Monday* – Friday 6:30 – 8:15
Tuesday & Thursday 19:00 – 20:30
Saturday 10:00 – 12:00

*) After a sesshin or zazen day, the dojo remains closed on Monday morning.

Zazen

By Practice

Zazen is the adult form of our life.

Mokudo Taisen Deshimaru

From the Fukanzazengi by Master Dogen

A quiet room is recommended for zazen. Eat and drink moderately. Reject every obligation and give up every thing. Do not think: “This is good, that is bad.” Do not take sides, neither for nor against. Stop all movements of the conscious mind. Do not judge thoughts and perspectives. Have no desire to become a Buddha. Zazen has absolutely nothing to do with sitting or lying down… The zazen I am talking about is not the learning of meditation, it is nothing other than the dharma of peace and happiness, the practice-realisation of perfect awakening. Zazen is the expression of the ultimate reality. The traps and the nets can never reach it. Once you have grasped its heart, you are like the dragon when it dives into the water, or like the tiger that returns to its deep forest… This means that it hardly matters whether you are intelligent or not. There is no difference between the clever and the stupid. The effort to concentrate with a single mind is in itself mastering the path. Practice-realisation is pure in nature. Moving forward is a matter of ordinariness… I beg you, dear Zen students, who have long been accustomed to feeling the elephant in the dark, do not fear the true dragon… Your treasure vault will open by itself, and you will be able to make use of it as you please.

The Posture

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The Mind

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The Breathe

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Kinhin

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Kesa

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Sesshin

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Sangha

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Tenzo

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Genmai

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Oryoki

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Leadership & Instruction

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Our daily practice - gyoji, the repetition of the exercise - is beyond space, time and karma, the adventure of the eternal moment.

Eishuku Monika Leibundgut

Zen nun Eishuku Monika Leibundgut was ordained as a Bodhisattva in 1986 and as a nun in 1988. She is a close disciple of Meiho Missen Michel Bovay, was his assistant for over 20 years and has been leading the Zen Dojo Zurich since his death as his designated successor, supported by other monks and nuns. In May 2012, she received Dharma transmission from Gu’en Yuko Okamoto at Teishoji Temple in Japan.

Gyoji means “the ceaseless repetition and continuation of practice”.

Introduction

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Every last Saturday of the month there is an approx. 2-hour introduction at 2.00 pm (except in July and December). Please arrive 10 minutes before the start and bring dark, comfortable clothes. No registration is necessary.

In addition, it is possible to receive an introduction before the Thursday evening Zazen at 6 pm, but only if you book in advance by telephone.

The price for the introduction including Zazen is 20 CHF.

Fuse

By About Us

Man always wants to possess: Money, recognition, power, love. Even in love he wants to possess the other. The ego wants for itself, to increase itself. And so many conflicts arise. Just as it possesses something, it must defend this, because in truth everything belongs to wholeness. To want to take for oneself is to declare war; to want to possess brings much suffering. We can use things, but we cannot own them. For even our body does not belong to us. When we die, it returns to the cosmos.
There are different ways of giving: materially, spiritually. The greatest gift happens without expecting anything back, when you forget who is giving, to whom you are giving and what you are giving. The true gift opens us and unites us with wholeness, without wasting a thought on benefit, mushotoku (without goal, without purpose).

Donations can be made to our postal account:
IBAN: CH 62 0900 0000 8002 8152 5

The Masters of our Tradition

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The Masters of our Tradition
11. September 2023

Buddha Shakyamuni

Become the master your mind or it will master you. - Buddha
The Masters of our Tradition
16. September 2023

Bodhidharma

Zen is a special transmission, outside of the scriptures. independent of letter and word. It directly shows the heart of the being: Grasping one's own nature and becoming Buddha. -…
The Masters of our Tradition
16. September 2023

Dogen

Understanding Zen means understanding oneself. Understanding oneself means forgetting oneself. Forgetting oneself means being one with the ten thousand things. - Dogen
The Masters of our Tradition
16. September 2023

Kodo Sawaki

In short, Zen is about you - your life, your reality. It is not about Gautama Buddha's life, nor is it about Master Dogen's life. Zen offers no extraordinary teachings…
The Masters of our Tradition
16. September 2023

Mokudo Taisen Deshimaru

To practise zazen in our confused world is to return to the true dimension of the human being, and to rediscover the fundamental balance of his existence. - Mokudo Taisen…
The Masters of our Tradition
16. September 2023

Meiho Missen Michel Bovay

The experience in zazen of this original, eternally existing Buddha mind is much more important than thinking about everyday life. For it is our inner state, our inner freedom, our…
The Masters of our Tradition
10. October 2023

Gu’en Yuko Okamoto

Even when the wind stops, the flowers fall one by one. In the deep silence and stillness of the mountain, a bird sings. - Kodo Sawaki (Calligraphy in Teishoji und…

Buddha Shakyamuni

By The Masters of our Tradition

My teaching is based on two points. First: never say something that you have not experienced yourself. Secondly, never say something that does not help others.

Buddha

Buddha came from a noble and wealthy Indian family and was named Siddharta, which means “fulfilment of all desires”. Disturbed by the sufferings of living beings, and realising that superficial pleasures could not bring man true happiness, he left his family at the age of twenty-nine to seek the Way. After six years of searching and asceticism, at the end of his strength, he understood that man could not find liberation from suffering through these practices. So he sat down in the lotus posture under the Bodhi tree, with the firm resolution not to rise again until he had completely solved the basic problem of life. Unmoved and in deep inner silence, he realised the awakening. Without seeking or fleeing anything, without creating separation, he saw things as they are, that is, in the unlimited reality of being, and thus became Buddha, the Awakened One.

The Buddha’s teaching has its source in his lived experience. In Shakyamuni’s time, there were numerous philosophical systems and religions that brought with them opposition and disputes. Each had its own doctrine of absolute truth and claimed that the other teachings were erroneous. Buddha declared such disputes to be hollow and refrained from any metaphysical discussion. These questions did not seem to him to be at the core of an authentic search for wisdom, for they put a distance between man and the path that frees him from suffering. His arguments were based on two points: assert nothing that is not certain; assert nothing that is not useful for people. One can compare Buddha to a doctor who proposes a cure to sick human nature. He did not intend to create a new religion, but to help man understand the source of his suffering and free himself from it.