Recent news and information
Meditation in Oslo Fall 2019 – including introductory courses
Introductory courses are planned for the Autumn of 2019 (see the calendar). Each course consists of three meetings starting on August 31, September 27, and November 1 respectively. We would like to remind those who are interested that participation at an introductory course is obligatory before one can participate in the Tuesday evening meditation.
We meet at Rinzai zensenter in Grønlandsleiret 31 (next to the paint store), between ground floor and 1st floor.
Autumn retreat in Hemsedal
There will be an autumn retreat in Hemsedal October 11 – 13. More information will be available later.
Mindfulness retreat with Thay Doji near Oslo March 2020
In March 2020 Thay Doji is coming from France to Norway and will lead a retreat from the 13th to 18th of March.
The location of the retreat is the beautiful Aarholt-tunet Gjestegård (https://www.aarholt-tunet.no/). More information will be published here in August/September.
How do we practice mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the core of what we’re doing. Our practice is inspired by a Buddhist tradition as it is taught the Zen master Thich Nhat Hahn. We practice being present in the moment – every single moment. What do we do at our meetings? A regular meditation session will include various activities, and the order will vary from group to group and time to time. A regular Tuesday meeting in Oslo could for example look like this:
- Deep relaxation
We lie on the floor with blankets to keep warm and comfortable. We are guided through quiet verbal instructions to bring our attention to the body and its presence in the room.
- Guided meditation
We find a comfortable seating position (either on a cushion on the floor, a stool or a chair). One person in the group gives easy instructions to guide us in the meditation. The aim is to focus our attention at the moment, and to be present here and now.
- Walking meditation
We meditate by walking quietly and directing our attention towards the contact between the foot and the floor.
- Silent meditation
We sit together and meditate in silence.
- Tea and conversation
Each of these items may last between 15 to 30 minutes. The complete session typically lasts for a bit more than two hours.