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2 Week Online Meditation Course: Ten Bulls of Zen

Online Meditation Course

Embark with The Drunken Monk on a unique Zen meditation journey. In this "one of the kind" course based on the ancient Zen story "The Ten Bulls of Zen” which has survived throughout the centuries, you will dive into a simple, yet very profound process towards your self realisation.

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  • 5 meditation sessions per week (10 total)
  • Live online sessions will be held over Zoom
  • Online sessions' timezone: Sopra, Italy (UTC +1)
  • Better connection with your body, intuition, emotions and spirit and a relaxed mind
  • Discover a unique way to step into meditation through perception and contemplation of the images, poems, and koans

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


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Pre-application requirements

No meditation experience is necessary as the story will carry you into the core of the Zen teachings that are not a concept of the mind, but a direct experience of your authentic being.

How the course works

You are warmly invited to join this 2-week Zen journey to your self fulfilment. There will be 5 classes each week; 3 in the morning and 2 in the evening. All sessions will be approximately 45 minutes long each. Each session will be recorded and available to view after the meditation for 48 hours.

Make sure you are in a quiet place where you will not be disturbed. You may wish to enhance your environment, light a candle, have quiet background music ready to play when you are meditating, hold a crystal, diffuse some essential oil, or set the mood in any way you would like. Please access your link to the Zoom room 5 mins before so you are ready to start on time.

The story follows the journey of a young Zen disciple seeking self realisation (enlightenment). Each session will introduce a stage of his inspiring adventure. You will be following his footprints, from the beginning of his 'search' to the stage of his full self realisation and return to daily life.

Every session will be accompanied by a unique Zen poem / koan and ancient Zen picture to help you to connect with the theme. The spine of the sessions will be a guided meditation related to the specific stage of the journey.

Timing of sessions / daily schedule (CET - UTC +1)

Morning sessions

  • 07:00 - 07:45
  • Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
  • Dates: 1st, 3rd, 4th, 8th, 10th, and 11th of December

Evening sessions

  • 19:00 - 19:45
  • Every Monday and Wednesday
  • Dates: 30th of November and 2nd, 7th, and 9th of December

About morning sessions

Meditating at the start of the day can bring many benefits to your health and wellbeing. It supports you to set yourself up for the day ahead, whatever that may be. If you can get into a daily morning practice, even for couple minutes, you will be surprised at how much calmer, focused, energised, and creative you feel in your day.

Each morning, you will be introduced to a new koan / story. The Drunken Monk recommends you to bring the koan which you’ll be introduced to in the morning session and also to your day to accompany you (remember it a couple of times).

About evening sessions

Closing the day with meditation is the best way to relax after your working day and process any challenges it may bring. It supports you to come back to yourself, to re-center, revitalise, and get new insights. Evening meditation also improves the quality of your sleep, so you feel more rested for the coming day. The Drunken Monk recommends you to repeat the koan from the evening session before you fell asleep, so it can get rooted in you.

In your ‘free’ days, The Drunken Monk highly recommends to practice on your own; to build your routine and deepen your process towards the enlightenment.

Course information

Peter will guide you into meditation with his rich and comforting voice, using the narrative of the practice of presence approach, a gentle, simple, yet effective guidance into the here and now. You will dive into to the profound simplicity of realising the essence of the story, of knowing your authentic nature.

You will enhance your ability to be present, grounded, relaxed, and empowered at any time, anywhere you are, and in whatsoever you are doing.

About Zen

Zen started in China in the 6th century by discarding all written religious doctrines and philosophy. It is a path of pure being, of completely holding the attention in the present moment. Over the centuries what has survived are delightful koans, poems, and stories that were given to students by Zen Masters to experience direct truth through contemplation and self awareness.

About koans

A koan can be a short story, a conversation, an image, a fragment of a song which rather than teach you accompanies you to arrive to self realisation. Koans cannot be understood or solved by mind, they don’t provide solutions or answers. Rather, they open the gate to see through the veil of your illusions about the reality of your being. It is said that you don’t choose the koan - the koan chooses you.

A typical example of a koan: ‘Sitting silently, doing nothing, spring comes and the grass grows by itself’.

How to use koans:

  • Let the koan ‘land’ in you (you can repeat the koan for yourself a couple of times), make it your companion
  • Don't try to resolve the koan, let the koan simply settle in you, moving into your meditation, into your body, your feelings
  • Drop any expectations - the answer will never be as you expect. Don’t judge yourself, criticize. Drop all ‘shoulds'
  • Be completely open, give space to anything that arises
  • Follow the koan and let the koan follow you throughout your day

'Ten Bulls of Zen'

'Ten Bulls' or 'Ten Ox Herding Pictures' (Chinese: shíniú 十牛, Japanese: jūgyū 十牛図, korean: sipwoo 십우) is a series of short poems and drawings which the Zen tradition uses to describe the progress of a disciple towards his self realisation and enlightenment.


Meditation is a gateway to your unique self, the still and peaceful centre in the hurricane of the relentless stream of thoughts and stories. It’s the natural source of your inner peace, wisdom, energy, creativity, and joy which is your authentic nature.

Self realisation / enlightenment

Self realisation has been described as a journey that takes you deep within yourselves to uncover these unique and divine characteristics. The ’10 bulls of Zen' is a journey to the very core of your being, your existence. This direct experience is known as a Satori, a Zen term for a glimpse of enlightenment.


This course will bring you:

  • A deeper grounding in your capacity to be fully present in the moment
  • A profound connection to your being, the space within which cannot be described or resolved by the mind
  • Better connection with your body, intuition, emotions and spirit and a relaxed mind
  • More energy, flowering creativity and better focus
  • More relaxation, less stress and anxiety
  • An enhanced ability to step into a meditative space at any time during your day
  • Use of a unique approach to the practice of presence
  • Discover a unique way to step into meditation through perception and contemplation of the images, poems, and koans


Peter Harper


This meditation course is held online. The Drunken Monk is based in Quarna Sopra, Italy (UTC +1) and they will live-stream the classes via Zoom which you can participate from the comfort of your home by just using your phone or computer.

What's included

  • 10 guided meditation sessions (recordings available to watch for 48 hours after live streaming)

What's not included

  • Private sessions upon a request
  • Food
  • Accommodation

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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Arrival: Monday November 30, 2020
Departure: Friday December 11, 2020

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