Zen diary – October

October : A session of mental hibernation

In this month of October, it’s time to prepare for winter. Days get shorter, sleeves get longer, and we just want to keep warm under the covers. So it’s an ideal moment to turn towards ourself, and get to know ourself better. With this question, for instance: what are you thinking about? You can ( let’s be generous) keep the nature of your thoughts to yourself, but answer this ...

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A report shot at the Zen monastery for French TV: ethic and ecology!

A few months ago, the teams of TV France 2, one of the main national channels, came to the monastery where I live to shoot a report on the environment. It was an opportunity to interview some people, to show the outside of the temple, the ritual practice of meals, the hives… and the horses of the neighbouring meadow!

These are the horses we will adopt in the Buddhist Animal Refuge. They are old enough and we will ...

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The Zen Diary : September, go back to work like Buddha!

Month by month, a little journey through the hassles of everyday life – 19 practical exercises to change and overcome our relationship with life.


Let’s get straight to the point: for Buddhists, time doesn’t exist,or at least not as we usually think of it. In the same way, going back to work or school after the holidays. Not even “post summer blues” ( easily noticed in tanned folk with a tight smile, who are “so happy to ...

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Zen diary August: Put down your cellphone

Month by month, a little journey through the hassles of everyday life – 19 practical exercises to change and overcome our relationship with life.

Purely out of compassion, we benefit from summer by offering you a pathway that is both wise yet also a bit tricky : put down your cellphone! It’s not very easy to try this breakup when we’re under stress at work, or going back to school. But summer, with its procession ...

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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!

Taking ...

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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, fountains, seagulls, dogs of all kinds of breeds, not to mention ...

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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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Morning and evening, zen meditation: Zazen.

“At the monastery, every morning, every evening, the community goes to the dojo to do zazen, sitting meditation. Whether it is raining, windy or snowing, the schedule is unchanging and the body itself seems to be waiting for those moments of calm that punctuate the days.”

–> in the book The Gift of Silence, by Kankyo Tannier https://www.dailyzen.fr/en/the-gift-of-silence/#.XL4b3i3pPBI

*** Crédit photo : Stanislas Wang Genh, modèle : ...

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