Over 3 million people live in Madrid and every day thousands of tourists spend time exploring what this city has to offer. So it may be hard for you to believe that there are you can find places where it is possible to relax and find your zen.
Throughout the city there are several centres where you now have the opportunity to relax not just your mind but also your body.
The places where most people love to spend time and which you might want to try on your next visit to Madrid are as follows:
1. Zen Palace Centre
This is a place where you are able to treat your body and mind through use of various relaxation techniques and massage.
As well as being a centre for treating the body it is also an oasis of tranquillity, right in Madrid. Both those who live and visit the city are well and find it the ideal place to become rejuvenated. One ceremony to help you relax worth trying is the Hot Stone Massage. This takes around 1 1/2 hours to complete but you’ll find yourself feeling like a new person.
2. Bhuddism Studies And Tibetan Culture Centre
As you enter you smell the pleasant aroma of incense wafting through the air. You might want to spend a little time exploring this centres exquisite little shop before you head downstairs.
Downstairs is where you find the centres spacious but cozy Buddhist Temple. It is here where you can enjoy some of the classes on Buddhist philosophy and meditation. These classes are given by the centre’s resident monk, Venerable Lama Palden Guese Lharampa.
3. Madrid Zen Dojo
As well as being an authentic Zen dojo it also is a traditional one, where you are able to practice the art of Zen on a daily basis.
Here is a place where you are able to learn more about the practice of Zazen. As part of the course which takes place every Saturday at 5 in the evening you get shown all the different kinds of meditation techniques that are practiced in a real Zen Dojo.
But don’t be worried if you feel you aren’t doing them right, as the centre’s zen monks or advanced practitioners will assist you. The course itself lasts for just 45 mintues, but afterwards you will enjoy a full hour of Zazen. What I love about this particular centre is that this course is free. You don’t need to register for it, you just need to turn up at the time stated. But please make sure that you are wearing dark loose fitting clothes.
Once you have learnt the art of Zazen you can now attend sessions throughout the day. Again each session lasts for around 1.5 hours and all that they ask is you arrive at least 10 minutes before, so that you are able to prepare correctly for the session.
So if you want to find your Zen in Madrid then why not arrange to visit one of the places I’ve mentioned above.