Dojo V Proudu

We are an open group of people interested in the zen meditation according to the japanese Sōtō Zen School.

Regular practice of zazen in the rooms of the Lotus Center – Dlouhá 2, Prague 1, 4th floor:


About us

Our aim is to offer, for those who are interested, information and guidance needed for zen meditation practice. We also offer possibility to take part in regular and irregular activities connected with zazen meditaton. The dojo and personal examples of our members go along with this offer.

The beginning of our uninterrupted practise, started in 90's, is connected to the name of Kosen Nishiyama sensei. Now we are connected to Fumon Nakagawa roshi, the abbot of the Daihizan Fumonji, a zen monastery in Eisenbuch in Germany. In 2013 we renamed our dojo from Zendo na Můstku to Dojo v Proudu (dojo in flow).

The regular practice of zazen takes place every Tuesday from 7:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. and on Thursdays from 6:15 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. in the rooms of the of the Lotus Center (Dlouhá 2, Prague 1, 4th floor, 10 meters from the Old Town Square). The practice follows the ritus of the Japanese soto zen school. If you come, you can expect two cycles of the sitting meditation zazen and a short walking meditation kinhin in between. In the end we sing sutras and then drink a cup of green tea. All you need are loose clothes – dark colours preferred. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to aks us personally or at info.

Dojo V Proudu

Regular practice

Regular practice of zazen in the rooms of the Lotus Center:

  • Monday 6:15 – 8:00 a.m.
  • Tueday 7:45 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 6:15 – 8:00 a.m.

The beginning of zazen, announced by beats on a wooden board, takes place 15 minutes later.

Contribution

  • First visit free of charge
  • Single visit contribution 60 CZK
  • Monthly contribution (from an arbitrary day of month) 150 CZK
  • Annual contribution 1 600 CZK

In general

  • Do everything in dojo do consciously in a silent way.
  • Follow behaviour of more experienced dojo members.
  • Prefer dark (not to disturb others) and loosely clothes (in order to sit comfortably).
  • Attend zazen at 6:15 a.m. (7:45 p.m.) so that you can change without rush, ask about details of practice and drink your cup of tea.

You will master the following rules by your own practice and by following the others.

Rules of Dojo V Proudu

  • Hits on a wooden board mean the beginning of zazen, it is a signal for participants to enter the dojo (a room for zazen meditation).
  • At the dojo entrance make a bow in gassho in direction to the altar and then enter the dojo with your left leg. If you hold anything in hands it is possible to make the bow with one hand only. Leave the dojo with your left leg, the bow in gassho in direction to the altar is optional in this case.
  • In the dojo do not walk in the front of the altar, with exception of kinhin (walking meditation).
  • During kinhin fold your hands in isshu of shasshu, otherwise if you walk in the dojo keep your hands in sasshu.
  • When you reach the dojo corner during kinhin, turn your hands to sasshu, bow yourself and then turn right by 90 degrees, change your hands to isshu again and continue kinhin.
  • The posture can be changed during zazen. Before and after the change make a bow in gassho. A bow in gassho is done also at the beginning and at the end of each period of zazen.
  • The shusso (person leading the zazen) determines the ceremony. Perform all movements in synchronization with others in the dojo.
  • If you visit other dojos, respect their rules.
  • Isshu hand position Shashu hand position

    Roshi Fumon Nakagawa

    Fumon Nakagawa Roshi visited Prague for the first time in 2006 on invitation of the buddhist monk Ashin Ottama. At this point we made first contact with Roshi. Since then we invite him regularly to Prague to organize two- or three-day meditation retreats. We regularly visit the Daihizan Fumonji tempel in Eisenbuch in Germany. Roshi became gradually our main teacher. In 2010 we published a book Zen, protože jsme lidé, the translation of his book Zen, weil wir Menschen sind published by Theseus in 2003.

    Róši Fumon Nakagawa

    Roshi Fumon S. Nakagawa

    Fumon S.Nakagawa Roshi: Born in 1947, he studied philosophy and buddhology in Tokyo. He was ordinated as a soto zen monk in 1970. He was a disciple of two teachers: Sakai Roshi and Kawase Roshi, both direct disciples of Kodo Sawaki Roshi. He got his monastery education in Eiheiji, the main tempel of the soto zen school in Japan. Nakagawa Roshi is a kaikyoshi - the authorized foreign representative - of the Japanese soto-zen school. He is a member of Thich Nhat Hanh's Order of Interbeeing. He has been living in Germany since 1979. There he founded Daihizan Fumonji tempel in 1996. It is the first authorized Japanese zen monastery in Europe and its name can be translated as the mountain of great compassion and the site of the universal gate. This monastery is in the direct lineage of the Eiheiji tempel tradition thanks to its honorary founder Miyazaki Zenji - 78th abbot of the Eiheiji tempel (thus 78th Dogen Zenji's descendant). Nakagawa Roshi is not only the abbot of the monastery in German Eisenbuch, but also of the Shinryu-an tempel in Tokyo.

    Gallery

    Rohatsu sešin 2016
    Lecture and retreat with Fumon Nakagawa Roshi, 2010
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    Lecture and retreat with Fumon Nakagawa Roshi, 2009
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    Lecture and retreat with Fumon Nakagawa Roshi, 2008
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    Rohatsu sesshin, 2008
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    Lecture and retreat with Fumon Nakagawa Roshi, 2007
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    We have also audio from this meeting.
    Rohatsu sesshin, 2005
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    Rohatsu sesshin, 2004
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    For sell

    In dojo for sell:

    Kapok
    This traditional material for zafu (cushion) filling we offer for 250 CZK (0.5 kg). For one cushion approximately 1.5 kg of kapok is needed.

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    Texts

    Audio and Video

    Lecture and Retreat 2013
    Three ways of mind cultivation – Schila, Samadhi, Prajna
    Lecture: 1, video 2, retreat: 3 4 5.
    Lecture and Retreat 2012
    Sense of life - drink tea, eat rice
    Lecture: 1.
    Lecture and Retreat 2011
    Spirituality, because we are men in east and west
    Lecture: 1 2, retreat: 3 4 5 6.
    Lecture and Retreat 2007
    Way of buddhas - way of healing
    Lecture: 1, retreat: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23.
    We have also photos from this meeting.

    What is zazen

    The japanese word zazen means sitting meditation. This is a key activity in the whole Buddhism, coming from its founder Gautama Shakyamuni and before him from yogis and mystics of ancient times.

    In the Sōtō tradition just to be in the zazen posture fullfills the sense of zazen. It hits the aim. It is a snake, bitting its own tail. To practise zazen means to practise nirvana.

    means just that: to let the mind be as it is and just to sit. To do this activity completely. To be completely present within this activity. To be aware of the body posture, to be the posture, to be aware of the breathing, to be the breathing... Thoughts are coming and we let them to pass. Constantly return ourselves to body posture and natural body breathing. This is zazen. If we let the zazen become a center of our life, then naturally zazen infiltrates into all of daily activities and our lives will be experienced directly and fully.

    How to sit, Zazen and kinhin postures

    The following Figure explain possible body postures in zazen (sitting meditation) and in kinhin (walking meditation). You do not have to worry, if you understand all details, everything will be shown to you in detail.

    full lotus posture half lotus posture Burmese posture posture on kneeling chair posture on cushion posture on chair

    For meditation we recommend loose clothes, dark colours preferred. Before meditation switch of your mobile phones please.

    School Characteristics, Tradition

    From the very beginning of our group we profess focus the Sōtō Zen school, one of two main japanese zen traditions, arising from five original chinese zen schools, mainly from the Cchao-Tung school. Among others we would like to emphasize two zen masters – mistr Dogen and his follower mistr Keizan and their teaching of simple mind.

    We often refer to Dogen's words zazen is sanzen, i.e., just to be in zazen is itself achievement of Buddha's nature here and now. These words are often misinterpreted without a wider context of the crucial work of mistr Dogen - Shobogenzo, nevertheless they describe the merit of the Soto Zen school – scepticism about excessive rationalization and emphasis of the just sitting practice.

    On the other hand an excessive emphasis on a simplified interpretation everything is sitting, usual mainly in the west, is one of the myth, which we would like to disprove.

    Recommended books

    Links

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    Contact

    Dojo V Proudu

    • Adress: Lotus Center, Dlouhá 2, Prague 1
    • Email: info
    • Phone: 00420 774 223 606 – Vítězslav Štembera

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