Three-month Winter Retreat (Kyolche), 2017-18
A three-month intensive zen retreat (kyolche) starts in Won Kwang Sa Zen Temple on 25 November, 2017 and lasts until 25 February, 2018, led by Chong An Sunim, abbot of Won Kwang Sa Temple.
We kindly request all applicants to consider the intensity of the retreat (strict schedule, long sittings) and apply only if you have previously completed at least one 3-day-retreat at our temple.
Apart from the intensive week (between 6 and 13, January), the minimum participation time is three full days. You may repeat your part-time participation at any time. You are welcome to come any day before the retreat and stay longer after the end.
Our intensive week is held between January 6-13, 2017. Conditions for participation: There are no exits and entries during this time. Those who have not taken part in this program yet should arrive not later than January 2 Monday 16h, those who already did should be present on or before Thursday, January 5th, 16h.
For application, please use the online application webform (available from 22 October). When successfuly sent, you get an automated confirmation email immediately and soon we respond to everyone's application suggesting the exact arrival and departure times so as to minimize traffic during the retreat. Should you not receice a personal answer, please contact us. Please do not purchase any tickets for your travel to the Temple before you have received our confirmation of your participation.
There is a detailed guide on how to get to the temple.
Apart from the Dharma talks, interviews and work periods we keep complete silence during the retreat in the entire temple area. Besides keeping physical silence, we suspend all forms of digital communication. In case of an emergency, you may communicate with the temple officials inside the office building.
We provide vegetarian (or vegan, if needed) meals three times a day as well as facilities to do laundry at regular intervals.
Besides your personal needs, bring a sleeping bag, a flashlight, slippers and an alarm clock.
Please always wear socks when you enter the Dharma Room. Also, be mindful not to wear 1) athlete's shirt or other sleeveless shirt, 2) deep-cut shirt/blouse, 3) ponchos or other loosely hanging dress, 4) trousers not reaching below the knees, 5) skirts, 6) tight trousers and shirts (stretch fabric), 7) anything with pictures, ads, posters, and 8) overly bright colors. Thank you for your cooperation.
There is no fixed charge for the retreat, however, please help the temple
with the donation you can afford.
This information is periodically updated and refreshed, so we encourage you to check back later on.
The daily schedule is:
03:40 Wake up
04:00 Morning chants
05:00 2x50' sitting meditation
08:45 15' break
09:00 2x50' sitting meditation
11:00 Meal offering ceremony
13:00 Walk (optional)
14:00 2x50' sitting meditation
18:30 Evening chants
19:00 2x50' sitting meditation
20:50 Four Great Bodhisattva Vows
22:00 Lights out