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Investigating Koans

Investigating Koans

The Chinese Chan (Zen) practice of investigating Huatou and Gongan (Koans) will be practised in periods of sitting meditation interspersed by walking meditation and stretching exercises.

As one becomes deeply absorbed in the practice mental constructions drop away, and one is confronted by a realisation that one does not know the nature of existence and one's fundamental assumptions of life are groundless. Staying with and cultivating this 'doubt', it can become all-consuming 'Great Doubt' which may 'shatter' into a direct insight into reality, a glimpse of Enlightenment.

This retreat is recommended particularly for those with previous experience of intensive retreat but serious beginners are also accepted.

-Camping places-
A limited number of camping places are available for this retreat at a reduced rate. It is not possible to book these online. Please contact our Reception team to enquire. Please note that we can only accommodate small one/two-person tents and each retreatant must have their own tent. Please be aware that if there is poor weather we may be unable to accommodate campers in the house.


SIMON CHILD is a retired medical doctor who has trained for over twenty-five years with the late Dr John Crook and Chan Master Sheng-yen. He is a Dharma heir of Chan Master Sheng-yen since 2000. He is Teacher of the Western Chan Fellowship and leads retreats for the Fellowship at their retreat centre in Wales, and also in Europe and the USA.

Listen to one of Simon Child's Talks at Gaia House on 12.04.2014: Introduction to Koans (Duration 1:12:43)

JAKE LYNE lives in Devon. He is a retired Clinical Psychologist, and has practiced Chan meditation for many years as a student of Dr John Crook and Master Sheng-Yen. He is a former Chair of the Western Chan Fellowship (WCF) and leads Chan Retreats at Bala Brook on Dartmoor and at the WCF retreat centre in Wales.


Retreat Code = 17148

A = suitable for all

Monday 12 June 2017 - Monday 19 June 2017 (7 nights)

Standard Rate:  £385 - Please pay this rate if you can
Supported Rate:  £327 - Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
Sponsor Rate:     £462 - A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
          For additional help with retreat costs, other options are available

Extending Your Retreat = £43 per night - Conditions apply - please see box


Retreat is Expired This is an old retreat and no longer available for booking.

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Price: £385.00

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