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Integrating Ancient Wisdom into Modern World

HINOTORI, the Urban Nun Zendo, is located in the middle of the urban Zürich. It is a place of practice and refuge where you can learn how to integrate your spiritual path into your daily life. HINOTORI is an authentic mixture between hermitage and small zendo, which was established by Dr. Maya Doka Mikos, who is ordained in Soto Zen linage (Doka) and Shaolin Chan linage (Shi YanSa).  As HINOTORI teacher, Doka is dedicated to support the urban population on their path toward realising own nature and gaining wisdom and compassion. 

 

The HINOTORI practice enters three gates that lead to three program lines:

1st gate - Is it true? opens Spiritual practice (Zen Training); 

2nd gate – Is it necessary? Leads to Applied Spirituality (ZenQiYo Academy);

3rd gate – is it kind? Leads to projects of Engaged Spirituality line (Doka Foundation). 

 

Doka Sensei applies traditional and innovative methods to integrate the Buddhist teachings through Zen practice, sesshins and retreats. In addition to Zen training, Doka Sensei also offers special programs for the secular-oriented urban population, which are based on the Three Kernel System, developed by Doka. The programs aim to raise people’s awareness, improve their health and well-being, and enable them gentle entrance into ancient teachings.

 

Depending on the project line, practicing is offered either in Zendo, online or at guest locations.

 

Whether you come for evening practice, a weekend retreat, the whole day Zen practice, or a specially designed programs, you have a chance to experience a dynamic spiritual development and encounter your own inner stillness that opens the door to wisdom and compassion.

THE FIRST GATE: ZEN TRAINING

ZEN STUDENTS

The training for dedicated Zen students takes place every evening. The focus is more on personal experience than on theoretical knowledge. This is the most effective way to learn and practice Zen.

Location: Hinotori Zendo

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Doka Sensei

THE SECOND GATE: ZENQIYO ACADEMY

URBAN PRACTITIONERS

The training for everyone who wants to live a mindful, focused and stress-free life. Individual courses take place daily.

Location: Hinotori Zendo, other

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Dr. Maya Doka Mikos

THE SECOND GATE: ZENQIYO ACADEMY

INSTITUTIONS

Institutional programs are aimed at schools, organizations and social and medical facilities with the aim of creating a mindful learning environment, successful teamwork and leadership, or successful coping with stress.

Location: Hinotori Zendo

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Dr. Maya Doka Mikos

MEETINGS WITH TEACHER

ZEN GUIDANCE 

Guidance through open questions & answers (Mondo) or private formal (Dokusan) and less formal meetings (Dharma interview)

 

Location: Hinotori Zendo

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CONSULTATIONS

LIFE GUIDANCE

Compassion is not the same as pity. So instruction and guidance based on awakened compassion is practical and direct. Does not judge the condition as bad or good, but lead to seeing the situation as it is and letting go of it.

Location: Hinotori Zendo

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INTENSE PRACTICE

RETREATS

Hinotori Zendo offers a program of the regular Zen monastery with shorter or longer intensive meditation practices and retreats. Spiritual practitioners have the opportunity to take refuge in the heart of Zurich without having to travel far or to interrupt their regular life responsibilities.

 

Location: Hinotori Zendo

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CEREMONIES

BUDDHIST

Buddhist rituals and ceremonies vary from country to country, and from area to area within a country. In Hinotori Zendo all ceremonies are performed as practices that raise awareness to aspects of our experience that needs attention.

Location: Hinotori Zendo, other locations

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Doka Sensei

CEREMONIES

LIFE TRANSITIONS

Life transitions are challenging because they force us to let go of the familiar and face the future with a feeling of vulnerability.  We celebrate the impermanence, non-attachment and birth of the new.

Location: Hinotori Zendo, other

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ONLINE PRACTICE

DIGITAL SANGHA

Hinotori, the Urban Nun Zendo, offers various forms of online training for people who, for various reasons, do not have direct access to regular practice.

Location: Hinotori Zendo, your computer

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DIGITAL LIBRARY

WRITING

Doka Sensei offers spiritual seekers a journey through classic teachings, contemporary wisdom, and quotes for one reason only to help turn words into wordless experiences.

 

Location: your computer

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THE THIRD GATE: DOKA FOUNDATION

SOCIAL INITIATIVES

Learn about Doka social initiatives that aim to make old wisdom more accessible and inviting to all, alleviate suffering and teach people to live a more conscious life.

 

Find out how you can get involved.

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Dr. Maya Doka Mikos

HEALING

DAOIST MEDICINE

In ancient times, Daoist medicine was closely linked to spiritual maturity. Only the people who reached the highest spiritual level were considered healers. Daoist healing methods used in Hinotori Zendo strictly follow traditional healing principles.

Location: Hinotori Zendo

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NEED INFO?

Email: urban.zen.nun@gmail.com

HINOTORI

The Urban Nun Zendo

8006 Zürich

Switzerland

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