ZEN circle

update : 2021/04/06


  • 9 am / 1 pm / 9 pm (Paris CET time)

  • 45 minutes of zazen + 15 minutes of exchange

  • Click HERE to enter Zoom room

(ID : 975 577 4510 password : zen)


People can join the daily sessions at their own pace, keeping in mind that regularity is more important than duration (10 to 20 minutes is a good starting choice).

Traditionally the first 20-minute period is devoted to calm abiding, while commentaries may happen during the second half. There is open discussion from 9.45 to 10.00


Remark : Meditation is not meditation, it's the HABIT of meditation.

Meditation is neither an exercise in relaxation, nor a striving toward some special state of mind. It is simply about getting used to be here, present, in each moment, along with things as they happen. It is to leave the imaginary conceptual world and returning to what is.

introduction to ZEN
  • Zen is a special transmission outside the scriptures, without dependence on words and letters, pointing directly at the mind, and contemplating its own nature, realizing. According to Bodhidharma, the first patriarch in China, there are many methods of penetrating Zen, but basically there are only two : View and Practice.

  • VIEW : Entering with the View consists in the direct perception of things as they are - such as the fallacy of "me and others" -, in the realization that they all share the same nature which is not apparent, because it is shrouded by sensations and delusion. Whoever returns to reality, meditates on the oneness of self and others, on the equivalence of mortal and sage, and remains unmoved by scriptures, is in complete agreement with the View. Without moving and without effort, this is how the View can give immediate access to Zen.

  • PRACTICE : Entering by Practice refers to the four all inclusive practices :

  • accepting injustice (first truth : suffering) and transforming it into a useful tool for awakening

  • adapting to conditioned nature of things (second truth : the cause of suffering) by realizing impermanence and interdependence

  • not seeking anything (third truth : liberation of suffering) when realizing the true nature of self and other

  • practicing the Dharma (fourth truth : the eightfold path) which is practicing the Truth

However, in actuality, Practice and View are not separate. Practice means getting used to the View, and View means enlightening the practice with clarity. As Bodhidharma says in his "Outline of Practice" : "But while practicing the six virtues [six paramitas] to eliminate delusion, they [the practitioners] practice nothing at all. This is what's meant by practicing the Dharma".

ZAZEN practice

  • posture explained

  • kinhin : Kinhin is the walking equivalent of zazen. It is practiced for a few minutes between sitting sessions. During kinhin, practitioners hold a specific body position while moving very slowly around the room, clockwise. Kinhin teaches the practitioner to bring meditative awareness into all their daily activities once they're away from their cushion (zafu).

  • Hannya Shingyo & Taisen Deshimaru

ZEN Koans
  • #1 : What is the sound of one hand clapping ?
  • #2 : Disciple to Master Tôzan (founder of Sôtô school) : I'm suffering from the heat and the cold. How can I escape from this suffering ? Tôzan : Then you should go to the place where heat and cold do not exist. Disciple : Where is such a place, where heat and cold do not exist ? Tôzan : Where you are cold when you feel cold, and hot when you feel heat.
  • #3: form is emptiness and emptiness is form
Facilitator : Guy Durand met zen master Taisen Deshimaru in 1969 and followed him until his death in April 1982. He then participated in J. Krishnamurti's educational program until 1993. He joined the Nyingma branch of Tibetan Buddhism in 1996, where he trained and later taught on Dzogchen until 2006, before embarking on the traditional three-year retreat. In 2012, he was admitted to the Bön tradition of Dzogchen by Lopön Tenzin Namdhak. He also made a career as an airline pilot with Air France, mainly on long-haul. In 1976, he graduated in psychology (University Paris V). In 1994, he certified in naturopathy and specialized in nutrition and autoimmune diseases.