Zen meditation

  • Every day: 7:00 – 8:30 & 19:00 – 20:30
  • The periods are of 25 minutes with a break of 5 minutes kinhin(walking meditation).
  • Before the first time please write to thezenhostel@gmail.com. Introduction for beginners every day half an hour before the evening session.

“Zen is not a religion, Zen is not a school of philosophy, because it is not a theory, in fact, the weight falls on the way of life. What Zen teaches is precisely that which is as spacious and as free as possible.”
– Béla Hamvas

Zen is a practice and a tool. Zen is a means of changing our consciousness and our fulfillment. By practicing Zen, we get rid of the confusion of our thoughts, restlessness, and the constant buzzing that burdens our consciousness. Although Buddhism preserved this ancient practice in its purest form, Zen is not a religion. Zen is a practical path, a method that transcends all classification.

Viktor Pári has been practicing Zen meditation for more than eight years and is a member of the One Drop Zen community in Hungary. He arrived at Posticum in 2021 and had an important role, when Imre Rencsik, the founder of the house, reorganized the hospitality with Niklaus Brantschen, a Swiss Jesuit monk,  and started the Zen Hostel. Zen Hostel is run by Posticum and the One Drop Zen community. Every morning and evening between 7 and 8:30 Viktor leads Zen meditation in the house. Those interested can contact him in person, and he will give an introduction to beginners.

István “Taikyo” Szaladják is the leader of the Hungarian One Drop Zen Community, and is a student of Zen master Taigen Shodo Harada. Béla Balázs award-winning feature film cameraman and director, previously taught at Budapest Metropolitan University. It was István “Taikyo” Szaladják who brought Zen to the Posticum. Our artistic and spiritual advisor, our friend.

Taigen Shodo Harada Roshi is a Japanese Zen master and the leading master of the international sangha (Zen community) of One Drop Zen. His students have founded many One Drop communities around the world, which are in constant contact with him. Practitioners regularly visit Japan to further deepen their knowledge and experience at the Harada roshi monastery.
Since 2016, the roshi (i.e. master) has been regularly visiting and holding sesshin (retreats) at the Posticum.

István "Taikyo" Szaladják
Taigen Shodo Harada Roshi