The Zen Garden takes place in the highlands of Esztergom, surrounded by forest and a few farmers nearby.
It is the garden of zen temple, that is a place made for practicing zen meditation. A little community with the lead of our abbot and vice-abbot lives there keeping up the maintenanace of the temple. The function of the temple is to keep zen practice alive by having this way of life and by giving zen retreats, making it possible for other people to get closer to their selves. As creating a better quaility inside of us, the balance can be hold by treating our outside, our body the best we can.
That is why the temple takes care what people eat there. For this reason it has it's own garden, where work it self is also a practice if you pay your attention to the soil, to the seeds, to the plant you are working with. By doing that you get close to nature as well as to your self, and just see life continously transforming. Like this the purest food is made by your hands; bio vegetables, that arrive to people's plates as wonderful, healthy dishes or presesved as jams or chutneys for later. It is an opportunity to experience life and to immerse in it by the meditation practice.
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In this place you can meet the teachings and the living practice of zen. All this wisdom in such simplicity and the meditation practice to it is very unique and - not exaggerating, can be a life changing experience.
Being a korean zen temple in Hungary, you can meet two cultures in a deep level; the korean zen buddhist monastic life and as well as the hungarian country life style complemented with bio gardening.
Non the less, Esztergom is a pretty city with all facilities. Hungary's beautiful capital, Budapest is also only 1 hour drive, where we can give you a lift more times a week.
We require gardening help, meaning planting, sowing, soil preparing, weeding, mulching, pruning and then harwesting.
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More possibilities are available. You can stay in the house where the community membes live 150-200 meters away from the main building, in shared rooms. It is possible to sleep in the dharma room in the main building. Or if you prefer staying as close to the garden as possible, then you can choose a nice spot for your tent.
Meals are always at a fixed time, breakfast at 7, lunch at 12, dinner at 18. They are respected with previous zen practice; chanting and sitting meditation that you are welcomed to join. The dishes are all vegetarian and mostly vegan too. Our kitchen master is a real professional so it is alway wonderful flavours at the table.
If you are interested in visitting cities then Esztergom and Budapest are easy to reach by getting a lift from someone at the temple. Budapest is also easy to reach with train. There are many smaller towns nearby to visit, like Szentendre or Visegrád.
If you are interested in hiking, many roads just start in front of the temple, so you can have days of walking in the Pilis Mounains.
The Danube is also floating at our heels so if you up to kanoeing or kayaking, there you go!
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