ZEN MEDITATION RETREAT - 3 DAYS
The monthly Zen meditation retreat at Lambda Zen Temple is a three day meditation retreat, where we reexamine the true self through a very simple hermitagelike life-style. You are welcome to stay the whole retreat, fewer days or just visit to have a tea. Newcomers have to absolve the whole three days. The retreat starts monthly every third Friday at 10am (10:00) and ends Sunday at 3pm (15:00).
Everyone concentrates her consciousness on the given task while working. To work is to cleanse the mind. Work is an opportunity to meditate and become awakened to the real self. A small event in daily life can become an important moment of awareness for one who is in great darkness. Only through your determined and thorough examination of body and mind, worth and harmony can be formed.
The dog chases the ball, the tiger bites the thrower!
- 10:00 Sitting Meditation
- 12:30 Lunch, then informal tea
- 13:30 Module
- 18:00 Dinner
- 19:15 Sitting Meditation
- 23:00 Lights Out
- 4:00 Sitting Meditation
- 5:45 Breakfast
- 6:30 Walking Meditation, full day hike (in any weather)
- ~18:00 Dinner
- 1h Break
- ~19:15 Sitting Meditation
- 22:00 Lights Out
- 6:30 Sitting Meditation
- 8:15 Breakfast
- Working Meditation
- Cleanup and Packing
- 14:00 Sitting Meditation
- 15:00 End of retreat
Module (not freely selectable): Meditation, Working, Cooking, Hiking, Gardening, etc. The schedule can vary.
Zen Monk Abbot Alain M. Lafon
I have formally trained for 10 years under the venerable teachers Zen Monk Shō-Kan and Zen Monk Masan Doam. This training included stringent monastic practice, a strict daily meditation routine, conducting monthly 7-day retreats, ceremonies, pilgrimages, study trips to Korea and Japan, as well as co-financing and co-building two Zen Temples lead by my teachers.
Now, this work is complete. As thanks to my teachers and to pay their kindness forward, I have opened Lambda Zen Temple to the public for daily practice. From the deepest heart I bow and thank all my teachers, free from east and west.
Monika Bieri has lived in Shogen Dojo for a good year and has lead the daily meditation and facilitated regular retreats. In 2015, she joined the Zen Academy and continued to lead daily meditation as well as facilitating regular retreats.