2020 Retreat Schedule at ZCR

This is our latest schema for the retreats at Zen Center Regensburg in 2020. It is open for adjustment — please confirm first any changes or updates through our website before reserving (www.zen-center-regensburg.com).

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Beggar /// 앵벌이

It is always going to be a little challenging trying to build and lead a community of true spiritual Zen (meditation) practice in the West. There are special challenges in this work, whether you are “lay” or “monastic”. Just in the last 6 months of 2019, two of the larger meditation centers in Regensburg shut their doors, due to their inability to generate enough financial support to keep the facilities open. And this is despite the massive boom of interest in meditation-based practices, often designed around stress-reduction, and the not-insignificant fact that were are operating in one of the richest

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“In the Age of AI”

Frontline documentaries have always been among the most respected journalistic work on American public TV, on American any TV. They are non-political, in-depth, and they tear the veil covering some of the most important issues of the day. If you want to understand the current trend-lines with artificial intelligence, this is something that you should definitely invest a look at. It is a chilling presentation on the politics of AI, the new tech war, the future of “work,” AI and corporate surveillance, and the threat to democracy posed by the abuse of AI by so-called “bad actors” (i.e., human beings).

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Reply to a Reader: Finding a Practice. Go to Korea? Where?

Question: Good day! In one year or so I would like to receive proper training in zen, possibly in a temple in Korea. Up to now I have studied a little on my own and meditated the way I felt right, therefore I lack proper guidance and to sum it up I am still ignorant about the path. What are the steps to take in order to obtain such training? Thank u Reply: [ Filmed on the early-morning train from Athens to Thessaloniki with Yiannis. A mini-film project as an experiment in this gear and this possible way of “teaching”…

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Reflections on Fermentation in Athens

Reflections from Athens this morning, in the face of mass migration and rightwing response, the new normal — crisis: This article in the latest “New Yorker” is a very nuanced birds-eye view of the situation unfolding in nearby Exarchia, reflecting emerging trends in the age of mass migration and the stomp-back from right-wing politics in North Atlantic/Mediterranean civilization going forward. Seeing it all over the world, but maybe most powerfully in Greece, the very beachhead of the tsunami immigration crisis cresting through Europe. And Greece is handling it mostly alone, and being forced to become more brutal-seeming, just in order

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