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Chan Meditation Retreat “Silent Illumination” with Žarko Andričević March 1st to March 8th 2020

March 1 - March 8

In this 7-day retreat the meditation method of “Silent Illumination” will be introduced. The retreat will begin on March 1st with an evening meal, followed by a Dharma talk by Žarko Andričević and will end before lunch on March 8th.

The retreat is held in silence. The day begins at 5:30 am, and ends at 10:00 pm consisting of a number of 30 or 40 minutes meditation periods, including walking meditation and Yoga exercises. Dharma lectures will be given daily and participants will have the opportunity for personal interviews with the teacher. The retreat will be conducted in English.

The prerequisite for acceptance to the retreat is at least 6 months of experience in Buddhist meditation practice. Meditation cushions and mats are on site.

Retreat location: Haus Tao, CH-9427 Wolfhalden

The Meditation Centre Haus Tao is situated in the northeastern part of Appenzell, 500 m above sea-level. 20 minutes by car or 30 minutes by train from St. Gallen, between Rorschach und St. Margrethen, near the Austrian border.

Application: The application form and the retreat fee should be sent by February 16, 2020 to: Stefan Schegg, Brunngasse 16, 3011 Berne, Switzerland or stefan@schegg.ch . You could also register to our online registration form.
Download Word Application Form EnglishDownload PDF Application Form English.

Retreat fee (including veg. meals, lodging in one, two or three bedrooms): 7 Days CHF 750 /Euro 705 (Sponsor: CHF 800 /Euro 750)
Participants with limited financial resources may apply for a discount on the participation fee.

Bank transfer for Swiss Francs and Euros:
PC-Konto 60-592636-0.
Chan Bern IBAN: CH97 0900 0000 6059 2636 0.
Bic POFICHBEXXX, Postfinance AG, Mingerstr. 20, CH 3030 Bern.
With the designation: Chan Bern, 3000 Bern.
With the bank transfer your participation is automatically accepted (if there are still places available).

Retreat Teacher

Žarko Andričević

Žarko Andričević has been practicing meditation since 1975. He teaches Buddhism and Yoga and is the founder and director of Dharmaloka, a Buddhist community in Zagreb, Croatia. In 1996 he began practicing with Chan Master Sheng Yen and received Dharma transmission in 2001. He leads retreats in many European countries as well as intensive retreats at the Dharma Drum Retreat Center in Pine Bush, New York (USA). He represents Dharma Drum Mountain at international conferences, for example at the reunion of religious leaders at the G20 meetings or at the UN climate conferences. He is the chairman of the Committee for Buddhism and Society of the European Buddhist Union.

Master Sheng Yen

Master Sheng Yen was one of the greatest contemporary Buddhist Chan Masters. He established the Dharma Drum lineage in the tradition of Chinese Humanistic Buddhism. The training of monks and nuns was one of his major concerns, as well as practicing socially engaged Buddhism and interreligious dialogue. The lineage of Master Sheng Yen unites Caodong (Jap. Soto) and Linji (Jap. Rinzai).

Retreat assistant are practitioners of Chan Bern.

Haus Tao

The Meditation Centre Haus Tao is a Buddhist practice and study centre of the Sati-Zen Community, whose main interest lies in the combination of Vipassana und Zen.

Centre and direction The calm and the natural beauty of the house and the environment are ideal for the practice of the meditative way. Centre Haus Tao is under the direction of ZenMaster Marcel Geisser, who bought the house in 1986. Today it belongs to the Foundation for Mindful Living. Haus Tao has the capacity to accommodate up to 20 participants during retreats.


March 1
March 8
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Haus Tao
Wolfhalden, 9427 Switzerland + Google Map