Our everyday life makes it difficult to integrate a monthly Zen-Sesshin (days of intense Zen practice), like Zen-monks do. Meditative phases in Christian monasteries face the same difficulty in the average person’s life. However difficult, continuity is essential to let go into the practice and include our insights into everyday life. That is why Benediktushof offers a shared meditation outside of intense Zen-Sesshin. You can participate on these offers without registering or paying anything.
Daily Online Meditation
Benediktushof invites you to meditate together in silence everyday – online
We are livestreaming our meditations twice a day from room 601 at Benediktushof
6:15 am – 6:45 am in the morning
9 pm – 9:30 pm in the evening.
This room is open to anyone who wishes to join, whether practitioners of contemplation or Zen. The meditation usually start with the ring of a gong and end with a short text from Christian or Zen tradition- The evening sessions end with a night saying.
We meet on Zoom. Everyone can join the meetings on a daily basis. Of course, we would be happy to see you every day.
In the interest of everyone the following rules should be considered:
In order to keep silence during a session, please join the meeting five minutes before their scheduled start and do not leave the room before we are finished.
Join the room quietly and turn off your microphone and take a comfortable seat. Keep this position during the session.
Should your screen be a source of distraction feel free to dim it. You could also sit facing away from the screen. If possible, we ask you to keep the video going in order to feel connected as a group.
Please be aware that we do not have the capabilities to help you with personal problems with technology.
We are looking forward to having a shared sitting.
This is where you can sign up:
Zen and contemplation Saturdays
The Zen and contemplation teachers of Benediktushof offer the possibility of shared meditation, that can be integrated in day to day life through „Zen and meditation Saturdays“. After the meditation you will have room for exchange.
When and where?
Zen and contemplation Saturdays take place in room 601 from 10 am – 3 pm.
Please be present 10-20 minutes before the scheduled beginning (take note of any possible room changes that will be announced through posted notes). You are welcome to arrive later or leave earlier than the given times. Please wait outside if the door is closed and wait in line after the door has been opened for the walking meditation. Wear dark clothes, that do not have any patterns on them and are comfortable to you. This way you won’t distract other participants. Meditation cushions are supplied.
At the moment there are no dates scheduled in 2021
At Benediktushof the different paths of spiritual practice are taught – with a focus on the Eastern Zen path and Western contemplation. At the center of all paths is sitting in silence, through which we bring our mind to rest. This calm mind changes us and our being towards more mindfulness and serenity and has a positive effect on everyday life. Studies have shown that regular meditation not only trains attention and concentration in the long term, but also demonstrably reduces stress reactions, anxiety, and tiredness. It has also been researched that meditators can better regulate negative emotions such as anger and resentment and that the immune system is strengthened through meditation.
In our everyday life it is hardly possible to meditate for several days every month. However, the regular, intensive meditation times offered by a monastery are useful for practice. Continuity is essential in order to get into the depths and maintain the practice in everyday life.
Zen or contemplation Saturdays are a possibility as a bridging of intensive practice and is suitable for the time between days of intensive practice. It cannot replace this time because important elements such as one-on-one conversation, silence and a longer duration of practice (at least one day) are missing.
Depending on the teacher, the sitting time can be between 20 and 35 minutes. In between we practice walking meditation. There are no one-on-one conversations or longer lectures. A short introduction is possible.
The meditation offer is open to all people – whether they feel part of a religion or not, everyone is welcome.
The meditation on Saturday is free of charge. We are of course happy about a donation to aid projects such as the Nepal children’s school project or to projects of the West-Östliche Weisheit – Willigis Jäger Stiftung.
Daily meditation times
Sitting in silence
Benediktushof invites you to participate in the daily sitting in silence, the meditation at the Benediktushof Holzkirchen. Anyone interested should have attended an introductory course in Zen or contemplation. You can find our offer for our introductory courses here .
When and where?
The meditations usually take place in room 601. This room is located in the main building (yellow house), 1st floor, corridor on the right (north), after the glass door in room 601 (1st room on the right). The wardrobe and toilets are on the first floor. If room 601 is not available for daily mediation, sitting in silence will take place in another room. Please pay attention to the notice on the entrance door to room 601 to find out in which room the shared meditation takes place.
During the meditation times, please enter or leave the mediation room only during the walking meditations when the door is open. The meditations usually take place in room 601. If room 601 is not available for daily mediation, sitting in silence will take place in another room. Please refer to the notice at the entrance door.
in the morning:
5:45 am – 6:15 am walking meditation
6:15 am – 6:45 am sitting in silence
6:45 am – 6:55 am walking meditation
6:55 am – 7:25 am sitting in silence
in the afternoon:
4:30 pm – 5:10 pm sitting in silence
5:10 pm – 5:25 pm walking meditation
5:25 pm – 5:50 pm sitting in silence
in the evening:
7:30 pm – 8 pm sitting in silence
8 pm – 8:15 pm walking meditation
8:15 pm – 9 pm sitting in silence
„If you want to know the secret, here it is: All things are in the heart.“