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Jikô An is a Zen Meditation Centre located in the Alpujarras, Sierra Nevada (at about 4,500 feet), which was founded by Japanese Zen Master Hôgen Yamahata. Surrounded by silent and spacious mountains, the Mediterranean sea in the distance, it is an ideal place to relax and discover the profundity of our spiritual dimension.

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"Why are we here together, myself with my brothers and sisters? We are praying for the ultimate divine Light and responding to the quiet voice calling from the abyss: thus are we here. It is not I who gives the light. I am nothing more than a midwife or a guide. Now I will guide, together with you, along the road to the spring at the top of the mountain.
It is you who must walk the path. There are no maps, and you cannot progress unless you are willing to walk by yourself: unless you take that one step further by yourself, you cannot get there.
This kind of journey does not take us to a different place: this is the inner journey for us to get home.
You let go of your ego and look at yourself. There you will find grace, an open road, and somebody who is looking for the same answer.
When we sit firmly and unconditionally for a while, we realize our original simplicity. At this moment we can see clearly that we need very little in our ordinary life. Seeing this, we become purified.
As long as we adhere to the common outlook on existence, which is borne out of a sense of separation, the competition and cruel wars will continue. I f we believe that we are separate, and if we are determined to survive, we will have no choice but to fight against one another.
Therefore, it is essential that we come to the radical understanding that we are all one and the same body, one and the same existence. This is the main reason for doing zazen and yoga meditation.
Every living creature is unique and meaningful, an indispensable link in the universal circle. When I observe closely a dry leaf, a blade of grass, an earthworm, I am struck by the deep wonder of the sacred universe. These small things may seem to be useless, but in truth nothing is useless. We are all descendents of the beginning of the universe.
I am always being supported by you, by air, by water, by the sunlight, by people who live all over the world, by clothes, by soil, by the earth, stars, time, and space. In the end, the whole cosmos is allowing me to exist. You are also being supported by everything else in the universe. Therefore, we cannot consider ourselves to be separate; we cannot exist independently of any other thing."

Extracts from The Other Shore by Hôgen Yamahata.

The Miracle of Dana

Dana is a Sanskrit word meaning generosity, to give. At its highest level, it is to open oneself unconditionally, in the ten directions, to surrender oneself to life completely.

Jikô An was constituted and is growing in this spirit of Dana. Arisen from a dream of our master Hôgen, it materialized in the Alpujarras in the south of Spain thanks to the generosity of many friends from many countries.

To give without expecting anything in exchange – This principle keeps manifesting through the ceaseless work of our master, the dedication of the residents, teachers and all those who want to participate in the project.

How is JikôAn economically sustainable with such low suggested prices? In fact only because all the activities are non lucrative... The teachers do not receive any fixed income: their travel and stay expenses are covered (7€/day/person) and they only depend on the donation box filled by the participants. The residents who maintain the centre and organize the activities do not receive any other income from the Community than boarding, medicine and a monthly stipend of 150€. Thus, the suggested prices cover the centre maintenance and a gradual improvement of the accomodations.

For Jikô An to be possible, you can contribute in each course during one hour daily helping the functioning of the place:... washing up dishes, working in the kitchen or garden, chopping wood... All these useful and necessary tasks are a wonderful way to practice meditation in action, that is, to cultivate minddfulness, a loving presence in all that is done, maintaining Noble Silence. Noble Silence is not a prohibition to talk but rather a skillful means to cut off our compulsive habits that lead us astray from peace. All together, thanks to our practice, we do create the atmosphere of luminous quietness of the place.

Throughout the year, we organize periods of Ango during which we dedicate ourselves to practice formal meditation (Zen and Yoga) and Samu (Working meditation), sharing the life and daily tasks of the centre, team work in a serene surrounding. If you have any special skill that you would like to offer, please let us know.

From Heart to Heart.


How to come to Jikô An

Jikô An is located in the Sierra above the village of Yegen (6 kms by dirt track). If you come by air, the closest international airports are Almeria and Malaga. By road, it is accessible from Granada (2h30) or Almeria (2h00).

There is a local bus service (Alsina Graells), twice a day from Granada to Yegen (line Granada-Ugijar - 8.30 AM and 5.00 PM). We can come and pick you up in Yegen if you confirm your time of arrival in advance.

If you enjoy the quietness and wild beauty of the place,
If you see the importance of such centres like Jikô An in offering the possibility to all to come back to the spring of one’s true nature,
If you want to help Hôgen in the realization of his work,
If you want to collaborate with the growth and improvement of his retreat centre,
We invite you to become a Member of the Open Way Zen Buddhist Community.

The Open Way Zen Buddhist Community (Comunidad Budista Zen del Camino Abierto) is a non profit making religious entity registered in the Justice Ministry in Madrid, Spain with the nº 277-SG and in the Ministry of Finances with the CIF-G-18351858.

To be a Member of the Open Way Zen Buddhist Community doesnot imply being a buddhist nor zen; Beyond all labels, it is to recognize the wealth of the Open Way, the miracle of the meeting Here-Now, the direct experience of our true nature.

As a Member, you can take part in the yearly General Assembly with right of vote as fixed in the Statutes of the Community, and help with its development.

Functionning without profit aims, we intent to cover the maintenance and organization expenses and suggest the minimal prices of stay.

In the same spirit, we advocate for a free donation for the activities and have a donation (dana) box at your disposition to help the teachers to keep sharing their practices.

May Jikô An be a real Open Way Centre, a meeting point for all those who are in the quest of Truth.

The actual membership fee is of 13 Euros pr month (or 156 Euros per year).

It is possible to do a bank transference every mont, 3 months, 6 months or yearly to the Community account.

Also possible to make exceptional donations, without any commitment, for a specific project of the centre in general.

We keep to your disposal a copy of the Statutes of the Community.

Jiko An Comunidad Religiosa Zen Camino Abierto
Jikô An - Yegen, Granada 18460 - Telf: 958 34 31 85 // 958 85 13 44 - info@jikoan.com
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