A precious Meditation Intensive with Shunyo and Marco
MAY 28th – JUNE 2nd 2021
OSHO ZAZEN RETREAT – Take time out for yourself to go in
Shunyo: “This is an opportunity for you to enjoy five days in silence; away from your usual busy life and to explore your inner world.
Osho created the Zazen retreat and the simple structure that supports it, around the same time that he gave us the guidance for OSHO Vipassana.
The meaning of the word ’Zazen’: ’Za’ means sitting doing nothing. And ’Zen’ means: in that sitting when you are not doing anything you fall upon yourself, you encounter yourself, you see yourself. The word ’zazen’ is beautiful. ’Sitting and looking into yourself’ – that is the meaning of it.
If you already love Vipassana you will be intrigued how the fundamentals of these two methods are the same, and yet the small differences, give a very different experience. In Zazen you will keep your eyes lowered and unfocused, with your gaze resting just in front of you.
Relaxing into your own being. Each 25 minute session is followed by an awareness walk. Osho’s active meditations are a support for this silent group.
Should you need to ask something during the course, this can be done privately.”
Shunyo was asked: What are the differences between Osho Vipassana and Osho Zazen?
Originating from London, Shunyo travelled to India in the seventies and her training in awareness beganwhilst living close to Osho for fourteen years, as part of his household. She has been practicing Osho's meditations for over thirty-five years. And now shares her experience, facilitating meditation courses and groups for women, as she travels to many countries, conducting seminars, meditation trainings and retreats of Osho Neo Vipassana and Osho Zazen, which she leads also at the Osho Meditation Resort in Pune. She also conducts trainings for people who would like to teach meditation to others. Music, dance and celebration are an important part of Shunyos's work, and this coupled with her intuitive heartfelt way of working, allows participants to touch very deep levels of peace and silence. Her book: "Diamond days with Osho" has been translated in eight languages.
Musician and seeker of the unknown, in 1979 becomes disciple of the enlightened Master Osho and since then has been experimenting with sounds and music applied to meditation. From 1995 he has been playing live for events and growth groups all over the world. He has composed many meditations CDs. These meditations are ancient tantric liberation techniques.
The location is the beautiful center Miri Piri on the Piacenza hills.
You can arrive to Miri Piri in the late afternoon of May 28. You have then time to register and go to your room. We will have dinner together. After dinner we will have our first introductory sitting in the magnificent Meditation Hall.
How much does it cost?
It is 145 euros per day Full Board all inclusive – room, 3 meals, tea breacks, the whole Meditation Retreat.
What do I need to do?
We are all aware of the uncertainty of the time because of covid, so for now it is important to simply let us know you are interested in participating. Then when we will be sure that the anti covid rules of Italy will allow us to hold the Osho Zazen Retreat we will get in touch with you for a confirmation. Right now no need to send money, just a simple sign of interest and you are sure to be in the list. Because of the anti-covid rules we cannot have too many people there... so please let us know as soon as possible you'd like to be in the retreat.
“Let me explain to you what zazen is.
Zazen is a deep unoccupiedness -- not doing anything outwardly, not doing anything inwardly. It is not even meditation because when you meditate you are making some sort of effort, you are trying to do something: chanting a mantra, remembering God, or even remembering yourself. But these efforts create ripples, these efforts create vibrations and your sitting becomes corrupted. Then your sitting is not innocent.
Zazen means: sit, and just sit, nothing else.
There is no doing on the part of the body, no doing on the part of the mind. It's a state of non-doing.
That does not mean that you are fast asleep, because sleep is a doing. That does not mean that you are dead, because if you are dead you cannot just sit.
That simply means that you are tremendously alive, intensely alive, a fire of being, but not moving anywhere – a reservoir of energy in a deep awaiting.
You are just waiting for something to happen, not even expecting, because expectation will again create a ripple of thought and the mind will start functioning. Everything is suspended. You breathe, and that's all that you do. But that is not a doing, because breathing goes on its own accord.
You have not to do anything but just sit silently.”