The taste of Zen

- through Fabrice Groult

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Accompanied by the master Pierre Taïgu Turlur, Valérie Duvauchelle offers a two-week trip to Japan, in the flavors of Zen.

How was this project born, this dive into the heart of the taste of Zen? I lived fifteen years in Japan, where I discovered Zen practice and more particularly the practice of Zen food. I actually published a book about it. The silent taste (South Acts).

I have been dreaming of this trip since I came back in 2012, and here it is: accompanied by my master Pierre Taïgu Turlur, I will share with you a trip that goes beyond borders and which I hope will touch your heart.


Sunday April 26, 2020 in Kyoto:
Train Tokyo – Kyoto
Meeting in Kyoto for 10:30 a.m.

From Sunday 26 April to Friday 1er May 2020 at Kosho-ji Temple

Roadmap :

– Arrival at Koshoji Sunday late morning.
Lunch on the Uji River (place of the novel The Tale of Genji, written in the twelfth century by a woman)
Byodo in visit or rest
Dinner at Koshoji with the monks

– April 27 and 28: Taigu sensei retreat in harmony with temple life
Presentation of Kosho-ji and Master Dôgen
The art of garden contemplation
practice of oryoki

– April 29 and 30: Fujita sensei workshop
Deployment of the zazen posture and practice of the tenzo
The accommodations in the temples are in futons and tatamis and several in a large room.

Friday 1er May at Manpuku-ji Temple
Walk to Manpuku-ji
Presentation of the Obaku school
Fucha ryori lunch (Chan cuisine)
Overnight at Koshoji

Saturday, May 2 at Daitoku-ji Temple
Lunch at Izusen and presentation of Teppatsu ryori
Transfer to Arashiyama (40 km) west of Kyoto

Sunday, May 3 at Tenryu-ji Temple
Kyo kaiseki shojin lunch
Free walk
Baths at Sagano onsen
Two nights in the guest house (dormitory) at the Arashiyama Hotel, Kyoto
Train to Fukui on May 4 at 11 a.m.

Monday May 4 & 5 at Eihei-ji Temple
Arrival at 14 p.m. at the temple
Two nights, Zazen and meal at the rhythm of the temple
Sanro and sanzen programs

From Wednesday 6 to 9 my in Kamakura
Shojin ryori class with Mari Fuji sensei
French shojin practice for Japanese guests
Meeting around Seitai practice
Three nights in a minshyuku kameijikan
Self-guided tours of the Rinzai temples and the addresses of Valérie Duvauchelle

Saturday May 9
sharing circle
Return to France

The price proposal is calculated on the actual costs of train transportation, temple life and shoujin restaurants. The cost for the fourteen days of travel is 1800 euros without airfare or insurance.

For meals not included, count approximately between 8 and 13 euros for a simple lunch or dinner. For transport by metro or bus, count 2 euros per transport on average.

To preserve the silent taste experience, this trip is for a group of no more than six people. We will be mainly in the temples, so we ask participants to adapt to the rules of the temples, without specific food requests or of any order, to speak English and to have already meditated.

For the Kosho-ji retreat, bring your oryoki (otherwise you can order them on the LCB website below).

This is not a tourist trip and the proposed program may change depending on the situation, the price also since the fuseis will always be possible. No commercial profit is made from this project, but donations will be accepted for the teachings.

Attention ! It is strongly recommended to arrive on Japanese territory on April 21 in order to absorb a formidable jet lag.


Registration no later than March 14, 2020 with 50% deposit in order to book trains and hotels and confirm the number of participants at Kosho-ji and Eihei-ji temples as soon as possible.

Contact: Valerie Dai Hatsu: 06 42 06 71 72 – [email protected]

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Fabrice Groult

Fabrice Groult is an adventurer, photographer and Buddhist who has traveled the world since a young age. After studying Buddhism in India, he embarked on an eighteen-month journey through Asia that took him to the Himalayas, where he discovered his passion for photography. Since then, he has traveled the world capturing images of Buddhist beauty and wisdom. He was a guide for ten years, and is now a journalist with Buddhist News.

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