Sesshin

Sesshin is a Zen retreat in silence which usually lasts for several days at a time. Sesshin includes several hours of formal zazen, talks by the teacher, private teacher student meetings, chanting, work periods, rest and meals. One can not read books, use computers, phones, listen to mp3 players etc. during the sesshin.

Our 2014 sesshin’s will be held in August 2nd-9th and in October.

Example of our sesshin schedule:

Wednesday

18:00 Beginning orientation for all
18:30 Organizational meeting in the zendo
19:00 Opening ceremony/talk
kinhin (walking meditation)
19:30-21:30 Zazen
21:30 End of formal program

From thursday to saturday

4:20 Wake-up and morning errands
4:45 Outdoors kinhin
5:00 Zazen and dokusan(student-teacher meeting)
5:40 Chanting
6:20-7:40 Zazen and dokusan
7:40 Breakfast
8:15 Work period (samu)
9:20 Break
10:15 Zazen
10:50 Dharma talk (teisho)
11:25 Zazen and dokusan
12:00 Lunch and independent practice
14:00 Dogen’s Way (unstructured zazen)
16:00 Chanting
16:30 Body practice (Yoga/bowing practice)
17:00 Metta
17:30 Dinner and break
19:00-21:30 Zazen and dokusan
21:30 Formal program ends

Sunday

4:20 Wake-up and morning errands
4:45 Outdoors kinhin
5:00 Zazen and dokusan
5:40 Chanting
6:20-7:40 Zazen and dokusan
7:40 Breakfast
8:15 Work period (samu)
9:20 Break
10:15 Zazen
10:50 Dharma talk (teisho)
11:30-12:00 Ending ceremony
12:00-12:30 Work period
12:45 Informal lunch
13:45 Sauna/packing, cleaning
15:30 Return rides