Both the centre and the monastery are considered as a place of training where Wholesome Living is being practised and taught.
This concept involves two basic elements:
1. The training of Zen: meditation gyo, studies ge
2. The training of wholesome interaction of body, mind and environment.
These two elements carry and enrich each other.
Shakyamuni Buddha taught his students about what is wholesome and what is not, he did not pass judgement in terms of “right” and “wrong”. In his teachings “wholesome”, kushala, means to be free of greed, anger and delusion.
Buddha’s teachings about wholesome living involve everything concerning a person’s life: all actions, all behaviour of body, speech and mind. Today, in these highly technical times we should learn to understand these teachings in a broadened sense:
|To interact wholesome with oneself||with body, clothing, food, leisure time, stress, media consumption|
|To interact wholesome with others||in our family, our community, at work and in society|
|To interact wholesome with the environment||with nature, all animals and resources|
The wholesome way is simple: go the middle way with a sincere heart and with mindfulness, without too much comfort and without too much austerity.
People come to the Zen Centre Eisenbuch with different needs. Some use the training of austere sesshins, others require physical and spiritual regeneration and recuperation. We offer different types of courses to meet these demands, including Jin Shin Jyutsu, Qi Gong and Yoga. Times of deliberate speaking and deliberate silence are wholesome and important. We also put emphasis on food that provides us with the energy to harmonise body and mind.
Through Practice Shila and Mediation samãdhi Insight prajña arises. This insight deepens and transforms into Wisdom jñana, Love-Compassion Maitri-Karuna towards oneself, others and all sentient beings.
May we go together, with all who come to Fumonji, along the wholesome way of peace and joy, in this life, here and now!