Zen Diary – July : going on holiday.

July : going on holiday

When activities link up together, isn’t this the moment to un-link? Holiday time is ideal for this, and invites us to get up close to that most spiritual of practices : the art of relaxing. One piece of good news : the art of relaxation can be practised right now ( if you are not already on holiday or if you’ve used up all your leave ) and it’s free!

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The zen diary, june : pass an exam and stay zen.

A Zen chronicle written with the journalist François Busson for the Swiss magazine L’Illustré.

Month by month, a journey through the little worries of everyday life – practical exercises to modify our relationship to existence.

The author of this text, Kankyo Tannier, is a Zen Buddhist nun far from the clichés of spirituality. A very active blogger on social networks, she offers an inner journey of humour, optimism and simplicity. She is also the author of two bestsellers: “The ...

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A short and simple video : THE EYES, at the heart of spiritual practice

Yesterday I took advantage of a moment of sunshine in the monastery gardens to record this simple little practice. Try it, you’ll see!
And also the opportunity to share with you this idea: all the wisdom in the world seems available, through videos, books, podcasts, teachings… We have accumulated tons of knowledge. From now on, the challenge will be to return to the experience: “do” instead of “think about doing”. Embody spiritual practice instead of talking ...

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May : cultivate your inner garden – Zen Diary

Many scientific studies show the beneficial effects of nature on an individual. Wandering in the forest, purring with your cat, or digging a bit in the garden can halve your stress levels, and slow the frenetic pace of your thoughts, at the same time giving back the taste for contemplation.

Switzerland is an ideal place for this : unbelievable landscapes, lakes on every street corner, waterspouts, seagulls, not to mention the beautiful public parks in every ...

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The beginning of your spiritual path, how was it ?

I was 19 years old. Life seemed strange, dangerous, like an urban jungle. Without any sense. I struggled with existential questions like “What’s the point of all this? What happens after death? Why are there so many inequalities on earth? ». And then, one day, while walking along the alleys of the Besançon municipal library (France), a title caught my eye: a monk with a bright smile lit up the cover. I devoured ...
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The zen diary – April: Secrets of waking up radiant.

The theme of this month is simple but essential: how to make waking up the morning a good experience. The first thought, the state of mind where we emerge from the embrace of sleep, the first word, the first image, all these influence how your day will unfold. You can , of course, emerge all dopey from the previous night, , grumbling like a baer, dragging your feet as far as the coffee machine, your thoughts ...

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Buddhism and collapse – some avenues of relection before the end of the world…

( Thanks to Hilary Mac Rae my zen friend from New-Zealand for the translation 🙂 )

State of collapse, from the Buddhist point of view.

Unless you have lived on a desert island for the last 10 years, the news about the world isn’t brilliant. Theorists of ‘the collapse’ predict dark years for us, a sharp decline in our standard of living, without taking into account epidemics, famines, wars at the doors of rich countries, or even ...

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Zen Chronicle < Buy less, live more>

I have put together a Zen calendar for 2019 for the Swiss magazine L’Illustré: one piece each month to accompany your year, to guide you along spiritual pathways for daily life.

The one for March is particularly close to my heart < Buy less, live more> as a way of giving back meaning to our lives outside of retail therapy.

An ode to voluntary cutting back, to free ourselves of excess and get used ...

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Now… I need you! 🙂 Call for volunteers

Now… I need you! 🙂 Call for volunteers

For a few years now, I have been offering the general public progressive access to Zen spirituality. You can find free meditation MP3s, articles, videos (see below all the available resources), not to mention books. So I set up a blog in 4 languages, social networks, collaborations with the Huffington Post or Psychologie Magazine. And all this: for you!

I receive a lot of messages every day by email or messenger ...

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