Recent news and information
Spring retreat with Thay Doji, March 2020
We are looking forward to a new in depth retreat with Thay Doji, 13.-18. March 2020.
The retreat will be at Aarholt-tunet Gjestegård (https://www.aarholt-tunet.no/), which some may know from the last retreat in February this year.
There is room for 20 participants for the 5-day tretreat, and in adition up to 5 participants for the first day (arrival Friday and departure Saturday night). For more info, check the calendar.
Meditation in Oslo Spring 2020 – including introductory courses
Introductory courses are planned for the Spring of 2020 (see the calendar). Each course consists of three meetings starting on January 31 and April 17 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.
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.