THE PATH OF ZEN

Retiro Kyriri includes a Zen Dojo, a space to practice Zazen, Japanese Zen seated meditation. 

When Franck left Japan in 2013, Master Miyura suggested that he should open a Dojo to teach the practice of Zen.

Meditation is a core activity at Retiro Kiriri and sets the rhythm of the day.

THE PATH OF ZEN

« Zen is forgetting the self »

Retiro Kyriri also aims to help others with honesty and integrity via two complementary Paths of self-knowledge. The first Path is Zen, with the practice of Zazen, silent and seated meditation, with an unbroken transmission from teacher to disciple over 2,500 years, traced back to the Buddha. 

Non-mandatory meditation sessions are organized every day at sunrise and sunset. Franck, a Zen practitioner trained in Japan who received the transmission from his Master, supervises the sessions and shares the teachings of Zen. Working the land is a direct continuation of these daily meditations that set the pace of daily life at Retiro Kyriri.

Zen is a lively and dynamic practice that focuses on the practice of Zazen seated meditation. Attention is focused on breath, posture and state of mind. It is an abrupt and arid Path, where the practitioner sits facing a wall for 40 minutes, letting all thoughts pass and returning to a focus on exhalation. Zen is about performing the right action at the right time. It cannot be described with words, it is a Path that should be experimented in the present moment, and that requires consistency, discipline and persistence.

Many information is available on the internet, the goal here is not to explain it in detail. Franck will be available to give additional details to guests who wish to learn more, but the most important is direct experience through consistent practice. Posture, breath and state of mind are taught in the dojo.​

EN SAVOIR PLUS SUR LE ZEN

According to the teachings of Master Taisen Deshimaru in “The Way of True Zen” :

Zazen is the secret of Zen. Zazen is difficult, I know. But if practiced every day, it is very effective in broadening awareness and in developing intuition. Zazen not only liberates a great energy, it is a posture of awakening. During its practice you should not look to reach anything. Without focusing on anything, it is only related to the concentration on the posture, breathing and state of mind. (…)

Zen breathing cannot be compared with any other. Its goal is above all to establish a slow strong and natural rhythm, based on a soft, long and deep breathing out. Air is expelled slowly and silently through the nose, while the push created by the exhaling goes down greatly in the stomach. At the end of the exhalation, inhalation takes place naturally. The masters compare the Zen breathing to the mooing of a cow or to the breathing out of a baby who cries as soon as he is born.

The State of Mind. The correct breathing can only be achieved through the right posture. The right state of mind emerges naturally from a deep concentration on the posture and breathing, allowing the control of mental activity resulting in better cerebral circulation. Indeed, during Zen breathing, the cortex relaxes, the conscious flow of thoughts is interrupted, whereas the blood flows towards the deep layers of the brain, which, being better supplied, wake-up from their light sleep. Their activity gives an impression of well-being, serenity, calm, triggering while still being awake, the cerebral waves of a deep sleep. The nervous system is relaxed and the “primitive” brain activity is increased. We become fully receptive and attentive, in each and every cell of the body. We think with our body, unconsciously, duality and contradictions are overcome, without wasting energy. The development of our type of civilization has caused the intellect to become increasingly educated, sharp and complex, but we have lost the strength, intuition and wisdom linked to the nucleus of the brain. That is why Zen is an inestimable treasure for modern man, or at least for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear. Regular practice of zazen gives an opportunity to become a new man by returning to the origin of life. He can access the normal condition of the body and mind (that are one) by understanding existence at its roots.

During zazen, let the images, the thoughts, the mental shapes appearing from the unconscious, pass like clouds in the sky, without fighting them, without grasping them. Like the reflections in a mirror, the expressions of the unconscious pass, pass again and then vanish. And one gets to the deep unconscious, without thinking, beyond thought (hishiryo), true purity. Zen is very simple to practice, yet very difficult to understand. Efforts and perseverance are required - like in life. By simply sitting, without looking for any goal or any personal benefit, if your posture, your breathing and your state of mind are in harmony, you will understand the true Zen, you will understand the Buddha’s nature."