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火の鳥庵

HINOTORI AN

Firebird Hermitage

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火の鳥庵

HINOTORI AN

Firebird Hermitage

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A PATH OF DISCOVERING YOUR ORIGINAL SELF

 

 

 

Hinotori-An is a small and simple zen hermitage in the midst of bustling city life. It was founded in 2017 with the aim of supporting those who embark on a personal journey of self-discovery, with the desire to find the original Self.

Hermitage practice is dedicated to self-cultivation, silence and Zen training. Zazen practice is intense, raw, and places weight on one's own experience. The Practice for Urban Practitioners takes the same approach, but with carefully dosed intensity.

The founder and resident teacher is the Buddhist nun Doka sensei, who was ordained in the Soto Zen and Shaolin Chan lineages.

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NEWS

01.07.2024

EVENTS IN JULY

Sesshins and Special events in Hinotori An during July; follow link to see the list

02.07.2024

RYOGON-E MANSAN

The ceremony marks the end of the 49 days long Ge Ango (summer intensive retreat); follow link to read more

06.07.2024

NEW MOON RITUAL

follow the link to read more

14.07.2024

HALF-DAY ZAZENKAI

Half day long zazen practice; read more by following the link

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INFORMATION

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禅堂

ZENDŌ

Hinotori An is located in a residential building only 10 minutes from the Zurich train station. Zazen is performed in a five-tatami-mats Zendo, thus providing space for up to five practitioners.

 

Sensei lives in seclusion and opens the door for practice only during scheduled appointments.

 

Registration is mandatory.

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禅門

PRACTICE GATES

Zazen is more than meditation. It is a state in which sitting is just sitting (Shikantaza), the true self is awakened, and the individual is transcended.

 

Zen practice in Hinotori An is carried out through symbolic Gates that have the same destination, but open to paths of different intensity:

  • OMOTEMON 表門 - Front Gate: entering Hinotori An

  • SANMON 三門 – Main Gate: entering Zen training

  • CHŪMON 中門 – Middle Gate: entering urban Zen practice

  • KARAMETEMON 搦手門 – Back Gate: entering engaged path 

  • DAOMEN 道門 – Daoist Gate: entering Daoist cultivation

 

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ANNUAL EVENTS

Hinotori An offers a series of events that have an intensive Zen practice at their core.

 

Sesshins of varying duration are essential for students of the Zen Path.

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YOUR FIRST VISIT

The info meeting is the first step for those who would like to practice at Hinotori An. Sensei is always ready to provide support, but since she keeps to seclusion and silence, this is only possible during the scheduled time or by appointment.

 

Hinotori An is not a public space, so visitors to the hermitage are asked to respect the privacy and peace of the building's occupants.

SENSEI

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Sensei

DOKA 道河 (aka Maja Z Mikos)

DoKa is Bodhisattva name with the meaning "the course of the Path"

Doka is the founder and resident teacher in Hinotori An 火の鳥庵.  Before fully devoting herself to the spiritual life, she lived as a lay Zen nun to fulfill her role as a mother. During the period of her secular life, she obtained academic degrees in various fields (Dr.rer.nat., MSc, FRM). 

 

Doka has been dedicated to spiritual development since childhood and has over 50 years of experience in various Western and Eastern spiritual teachings and practices. With the Guiyi ( 皈依 ) ceremony in 2002 (2546, per Buddhist calendar) Doka was accepted into the 34th generation of the Shaolin Chan brotherhood by Abbess Shi Yong Mei ( 释永梅 ) of Yongtai Nunnery (Yongtaisi 永泰寺), when she was given the name Shi Yan Sa ( 释延萨).  She was ordained as a Zen priest by Master Meicho Missen Bovay during the winter Ango in 2003. She realised Original Nature in 2002, after which she lived retreated for shorter or longer periods in Asia and Europe to complete her spiritual refinement. She fully exited secular life in 2015. Presently she lives in Zürich after returning from two and a half years long seclusion in the Slovenian Alps.

 

Doka utilises her background to establish a unique style of Zen Buddhist training – a fusion of traditional and modern insights.  Her training emphasises direct experience, the power of silence, and exposing of the Ego's triggers. Since she focuses on “every-moment-zen” and “no-idle talk” practices, Hinotori An may not be suitable for those looking for casual practice, relaxation or socialisation.

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LOCATION

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火の鳥庵

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HINOTORI AN

Firebird Hermitage

Zen Buddhist Practice

Kinkelstrasse 10

CH-8006 Zürich

hinotori.zendo@gmail.com

HOW TO GET THERE

About 15 minutes from Zürich Hauptbahnhof

Trams: 11, 14 (stop Kronenstrasse)

 

About 9 minutes from Central

Trams: 7, 15 (stop Ottikerstrasse)

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