The zen Center of Lanau is the outcome of the project of the Tenbôrin association founded by Guy
Mokuhō Mercier and some disciples. It is situated in Cantal, in the
center of France, in Lanau-Neuvéglise (near Saint-Flour) next to the
is an communal place of life where all the generations live together
practizing meditation (zazen) and relationship with others in the
the values of Buddhism.
who wish to retreat and groups of friends are welcome. Social action is
also developped in parallel like housing for retired or elderly people
of the association.
Exchange between the generations is a vital necessity and a deep source of enrichment for everyone.
View from the opposite hill
Entrance and flats
Permanent resident flats
The property in the landscape
The patio next to the dining room
Rooms at the 1st floor : the main dojo
Activity rooms (groundfloor and level 1...)
Stairs, corridors and bedrooms
South gallery et terrace (level 2)
The stay in the Center
Zen practitioners, whatever their age, can decide to live
and serve the community for long-time periods (1 to 5 years or more).
They make a pledge not to leave the place before the end of the decided
period. They follow the moral and ethic rules and regulations
they signed on arrival.
Among them, nuns and monks undertake all the necessary tasks
linked to zen practice including the initiation of the visitors to zazen. They have functional responsibilities for the daily life of the community such
as cooking, cleaning, organizing, gardening... They are helped by
lay-people who live there to "recharge". Retired or elderly people will
be aided by monks and nuns so that they can go on practizing , moving,
enjoying activities and leisure.
Some lay-people who share the values and objectives of the center and the practice of zazen, may also live in the place for short-time periods; they integrate to the activites of the center.
Elderly people practizing zen, over the retirement age, who wish
to go on the Way living in our community (Sangha) are welcome. They
participate to the community life in accordance with their intellectual
and physical means.
The fees of the Center
It is necessary to be a member of the association Tenbôrin (20 € annual fee)