Kyol Che means 'Tight Dharma' and refers to the three months during the summer and winter when monks traditionally spend their time on meditation retreat, concentrating on formal sitting practice for at least nine or ten hours a day in the Zen Room. The retreat schedule is very intensive with silence being observed throughout, allowing one to completely devote oneself to formal practice.
Sitting meditation, chanting, and bowing form the core of our practice at Mu Sang Sa. Our Guiding Teacher also gives weekly Dharma Talks and personal Kong-an interviews to all retreat participants
In traditional Korean Zen temples, monks, nuns, and laypeople all sit retreats in different meditation rooms. However, here at Mu Sang Sa, a distinguishing feature of our practice is that everyone sits, chants and bows together in the same meditation room, following the teaching style of Zen Master Seung Sahn. (See the KWAN UM SCHOOL OF ZEN )
If you are interested in participating in our retreats, please take a look at the INFORMATION for our upcoming Kyol Che and fill out a retreat APPLICATION.