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.
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.