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
Maximum 15 places.
THE CAT TEMPLE
One fine morning, we met a cinnamon colored cat refugee under the stairs, out of reach, with five kittens one month old or so. The mother had a necklace stuck in her flesh with a wound full of pus ..... Although we could not get close to her, we left food and water ..... And in the following days, we discovered in the hedges near the farmhouse, several cats with their respective litters .... We always had some feline companions, two or three at the most, sterilized and controlled, but this sudden and massive invasion surprised us a lot ... until we learned the reason behind the situation ... .
Ignorance and especially the greed of some neighbors, very interested in staying with the farm where we live, a natural oasis with a hundreds-year-old chestnut vale, its own spring, ecological agriculture since always, ... Speculation and the interest of agrochemical companies threaten the natural balance of the area .... Many foreigners who bought farms had to suffer harassment from malicious neighbors and the "dumping of cats" (Cat dumping for the English) is a means among many to annoy people .. ..
Faced with this situation, we decided to welcome these unprotected felines at least to feed them, since letting them die of hunger and looking away was not humanly acceptable .... As we were able to reach them, we started a campaign of sterilizations to try to control the colony .... We were help a veterinary clinic in Granada (2 h30 by car), specialized in sterilizations, which costs us euros 36 for the operation .... We also had to ask for help from our friends. It quickly became obvious to us that we did not have the economic capacity to face this alone ... The food is still around euros 250 per month.
Today, three years after the cat avalanche, we continue to try to control the colony (between 30 and 40 members), looking for adoptions and sterilizing .... 40 cats have already been operated ....
The truth is that what began so negatively, has become a blessing in the sense that these little brothers and sisters have been and are an infinite source of love and gratitude and have helped us through very hard times at the family level. In short they are part of the family .....
For what we thank our neighbors .......
A detail: the farm where we live in the Alpujarra is a meditation center .... What animal is more zen than a cat ..... They are the true Zen masters of this "Cat Temple" ... They teach me to sit down to watch the sunset, to enjoy the moon, to stretch, and especially to purr with them .... What a blessing and what love!
The adventure continues! ....
Thanks for your support and encouragement!
Hugs and Miauuuuus ... ...
Francis & Family
center will be dedicated to sesshin, samu
retreats and introduction courses, with
a particular stress on Noble Silence, abandoning
the organization of miscellaneous activities
and workshops as it has done in the past.
2. It will offer the possibilities for solitary
3. Now after the long process we have lived
in the past years, it seems to be the time
for a residing community to settle in.
4. The environmental project of Regenerative
Agriculture using the EM (Microorganisms)
to reactivate the bacteriological life of
the soil and, together with the help of
the association ''The Conscious Seed'' from
Yegen, the project of reforestation of the
5. The protection against land speculation
and the dangers of industrial agriculture,
that invades more and more the area and
devastate the land and contaminate the waters.
6. Integration of the stabilized cat community
on the grounds of the center. All around
the world, cats have been used as temple
guardians…. And they have been the
most exquisite and dedicated companions
in the long process we just lived, sharing
all their love unconditionnally….
((Extract of a letter to Hôgen, Jikô
A norm of the new Jikô An is the
cellphone free zone.
When you sign on, you will leave the cellphone
at the reception, to have it returned at
the end of the retreat. As these 'smart'
inventions also serve as torch, alarm, etc....
please consider to bring an 'old style'
torch and alarmclock in order to be able
to 'disconnect', although for a few days
of the slavery of cellphone, whatsapp, facebook,
Another important point is that we need
some volunteers to take care of the cooking
during the retreats. So please tell us if,
just for one day, you can cook during a
retreat (lunch and dinner). There will be
a group of kitchen helpers to accompany
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
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: 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
and medicine. 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 Samu 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. Shingan
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 connect you with other persons to share
Open Way Zen Buddhist Community
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
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
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
per 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.