Summer Kyol Che (Korea)
to Aug 4

Summer Kyol Che (Korea)


Tuesday May 29th – Saturday August 25th

Summer Kyol Che 2018 at Musangsa is on a new schedule that includes formal practice, working, hiking, together action and experiencing Zen temple life. All are welcome to join and benefit from this new style of Kyol Che. It’s a unique opportunity to benefit from practicing together with monks, nuns, international practitioners, and receiving regular teaching from the guiding teachers. Kyol Che at Musangsa can be a valuable experience in making a foundation for Zen practice when returning to your respective home countries. Please read carefully the following information before submitting your application.

The first 2 months - “Action Zen Retreat”

Entry days are every other Saturday. The daily schedule during these 2 months will consist of basic formal practice in the morning & evening with regular kong-an interviews twice a week, together action activities that includes additional formal practice, group work, hiking and other events during the day, following a more flexible schedule (see below) depending on Korea’s summer monsoon conditions.

The last 1 month - “Sitting Zen Retreat”

Entry days are every Saturday. Follows the daily formal Kyol Che practice schedule. Those joining the “Sitting Zen Retreat” must participate in the full practice schedule (see below) and keep strict silence throughout.* *This also applies to all monks and nuns. The monks and nuns who work to support the retreat take part in basic formal morning & evening practice, and can do additional practice as they are available in a separate meditation room. They can also register for the “Sitting Zen Retreat” for a week when someone else covers their job for that week. 

Entry Dates - Saturdays only, *except where indicated below

May 27th - *Sunday (For international participants entering at the start of the retreat on Tuesday, May 29. Participants travelling locally from Korea starting retreat on May 29, may enter by Monday, May 28 by 12pm.
June 9th, 23rd
July 7th, 21st
July 27th *Friday (The first entry for the “Sitting Zen Retreat”) 
August 4th, 11th, 18th

Basic Requirements (minimum one week participation)

The retreat is open to all who have had some experience of meditation in a Kwan Um School of Zen center and can sit for a minimum of one week. (Monks and nuns are required to sit for the full 90 days.) Applicants must be over 18 years old and are expected to stay for the complete period for which they have applied. Retreat accommodation is in simple, shared rooms, sleeping on the floor (heated in winter) with mattresses.

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Summer Retreat Program (Europe)
to Sep 8

Summer Retreat Program (Europe)

Join Kwan Um School of Zen across Europe for our Summer Retreat Program 2018

Summer Retreat Map below will show you the correct way on the journey to your True Self. It begins on 24th of June in Israel and the Czech Republic and ends on 7th of September, after a four-week long Kyolche and Sangha Weekend with the Meeting of Members at Wu Bong Sa, Poland.

Using compass of Zen, all participants can travel without coming and going from one Zen Center to another through eight different European countries.

Only go straight and meet our Teachers:

1. 24-30June Yuval Gill JDPSN at HaSharon Zen Center, Israel
2. 24.June-01.July Dae Kwang SSN at Seon Mun Sa, Czech Republic
3. 04-11.July Bon Shim SSN at Kubong Sa, England
4. 15-22.July Myong Hae Sunim JDPSN at Sufi Kanka, Lithuania
5. 22-29.July Joeng Hye SSN at Sufi Kanka, Lithuania
6. 29.July-04.August Koen Vermeulen JDPSN at Mottereau, France
7. 28.July-04.August Oleg Šuk JDPSN at Surya Centrum, Slovakia
8. 05-12.August Bon Shim SSN at Borisa, Catalonia
9. 12-18.August Bon Shim SSN at Borisa Catalonia
10. 11-18.August Igor Piniński JDPSN at Wu Bong Sa, Poland Kyol Che (2nd entry: 16.August, 18:00)
11. 18-25.August Jo-Alma JDPSN at Wu Bong Sa, Poland Kyol Che (2nd entry: 23.August, 18:00)
12. 25.August-01.September Bon Shim SSN at Wu Bong Sa, Poland Kyol Che (2nd entry: 30.August, 18:00)
13. 01-07.September Joeng Hye SSN at Wu Bong Sa, Poland Kyol Che (2nd entry: 05.September, 18:00)

08-09.September Sangha Weekend and Meeting of Members

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Winter Kyol Che (Europe)
to Mar 24

Winter Kyol Che (Europe)


Winter Kyol Che 2018 at Wu Bong Sa temple, Warsaw Zen Center

  • Led by  Kwan Um School of Zen teachers.
  • Runs from 06 January to 24 March 2018
  • Dharma talks once a week and kong-an interviews twice a week
  • Enter Kyol Che each week on Saturday between 17:30 and 18:30 and exit on consecutive Saturday before 17:00.

The following teachers will lead the retreat:

1.  06.01 – 13.01 Arne Schaefer JDPSN
2.  13.01 – 20.01 Yuval Gill JDPSN (II entry for beginners: 18.01, 18:30)
3.  20.01 – 27.01 Koen Vermeulen JDPSN
4.  27.01 – 03.02 Ji Kwang SSN (II entry: 01.02, 18:30)
5.  03.02 – 10.02 Knud Rosenmayr JDPSN
6.  10.02 – 17.02 Ja An JDPSN
7.   17.02 – 24.02 Gu Ja SSN (II entry: 22.02, 18:30)
8.   24.02 – 03.03 Olek Suk JDPSN
9.   03.03 – 10.03 Alma Potter JDPSN
10.  10.03 – 17.03 Joeng Hye SSN
11.   17.03 – 24.03 Bon Shim SSN (II entry: 22.03, 18:30)

24.03 Precepts Ceremony with Zen Master Jeong Hye

We wish to draw your attention to the fact we have four second entries this Kyolche happening in the middle of the week – for those of you who can come only for shorter periods. We would like to ensure everyone that Kyolche atmosphere will be focused and we ask for your help by not applying for other dates and hours than the listed above. If you must arrive on a different day, the only exception can be your flight connection. In such case, contact the Wu Bong Sa office before booking your flight to confirm. Thank you for your understanding.

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Winter Kyol Che (U.S.A.)
to Mar 23

Winter Kyol Che (U.S.A.)

Kyol Che practice clarifies our direction, resulting in a more harmonious relationship with all aspects of life. The daily schedule, conducted in silence, includes sitting, chanting, walking, and bowing meditations, as well as work practice. Meals are eaten in traditional temple style. Retreat leaders give weekly dharma talks and regular kong-an interviews. Practice in our serene woodland setting with the support of Sangha members from all over the world.

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Winter Kyol Che (Korea)
to Mar 2

Winter Kyol Che (Korea)


Winter Kyol Che

December 2, 2017 - March 2, 2018

Entry Dates
November 30th (Entry for start of Kyol Che on December 2)
December 16th, 30th
January 6th, 16th (Entry to join Intensive Week from January 17th - 24th*), 27th  
February 10th, 17th, 24th

*Participants may exit retreat on Wednesday 24th which is the last day of the Intensive Week. Please note: there is NO EXIT for any participant on Saturday, January 20th. 

International Summer or Winter Retreat (Kyol Che)

Kyol Che means "Tight Dharma." The day begins at 3:00 a.m. when we rise to practice 108 prostrations, followed by chanting, sitting meditation, formal meal and working. Silence is observed throughout the retreat. The intensive schedule includes 10 hours of formal practice and activity every day. 
Please read the following carefully as it forms the basis of your participation in the retreat.

Jae Dan Beop In Seung Sahn International Zen Center Musangsa

Musangsa is located on an energy point of Gye Ryeong Mountain which is renowned for its strong, mystical energy. The nearest city is Daejeon in Chung-nam Province, 2 ½ hours south of Seoul by car. Zen Master Dae Bong Sunim and Hye Tong Sunim are the Guiding Teachers for the Kyol Che and will give weekly Dharma talks and regular kong-an interviews. All participants are required to comply fully with the guidance and instructions of the Guiding Teachers when at Musangsa.

Basic Requirements (minimum one week participation)

The retreat is open to all who have had some experience of meditation in a Kwan Um School of Zen center and can sit f minimum of one week. (Monks and nuns are required to sit for the full 90 days.) Applicants must be over 18 years old and are expected to stay for the complete period for which they have applied. Retreat accommodation is in simple, shared rooms, sleeping on the floor (heated in winter) with mattresses.

Entering and Exiting Kyol Che

Participants are required to enter and exit on the designated dates of their retreat agreement.
Exit from retreat is on Saturdays after lunch ONLY, unless by special circumstance, with permission from the Guiding Teachers.

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Winter Kyol Che (Hong Kong)
to Jan 28

Winter Kyol Che (Hong Kong)

Winter Kyol Che 2017

Information for Retreat at Gak Su Temple Lantau Island, Hong Kong

The "2017 Winter Kyol Che" will be conducted from November 5, 2017 to January 28, 2018.

Join us in Hong Kong for a wonderful winter kyol che.

Surrounded by mountains on either side, the quiet and simple surroundings of Gak Su Temple provide a nurturing environment for retreats. Gak Su Temple is a place for all beings to restore both body and mind, to become one with nature, and to attain their true selves and help this world.

Formal practice at Gak Su Temple consists of sitting and walking meditation, bowing, chanting and kong-an interviews (surf photo albums of 2016 Winter Kyol Che or albums on Facebook). These forms are used as techniques to perceive our before-thinking mind, our don’t know mind. With practice, we are able to use our Zen training to attain wisdom and compassion, bring it back to our everyday life situations and, moment to moment, attain correct situation, correct relationship and correct function.

Zen Master Dae Kwan and Myong Hae Sunim JDPSN will be the guiding teachers for the retreat. From time to time other Kwan Um School of Zen teachers might join the retreat.

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