Sesshin (Meditation Retreats)

In one strong seven-day sesshin it is possible to accomplish what takes two to five years of sitting on one's own.
- Hakuun Yasutani Roshi

Sesshin may well be the most intense form of spiritual inquiry practiced in the world today, wherein self-transformation is possible in degree and speed unknown in any other mode of practice. It is unique to Zen and represents the very essence of Zen practice.
- Danan Henry Roshi

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Center holds three seven-day sesshin per year for members and other qualified persons. The dates of sesshins are established one year in advance; they are posted on the bulletin board and published in the newsletters.

The sesshin application form (PDF format) has all necessary information, including sesshin setup requirements, arrival time, what to bring, and so forth.

Anyone whose sesshin application includes partial-day attendance must use the sesshin fee and partial attendance schedule chart, checking every square on the chart for which they will be attending if accepted.

Sesshin Schedule


 4:50 AM


wake-up

 5:15     



tea ceremony, talk, & zazen

 7:00


breakfast

 7:30


samu

 9:00


sutras

 9:30



zazen/dokusan

12:00 PM



main meal

12:30


samu/rest

  2:00


zazen

  2:30     



teisho

  3:30



zazen/dokusan

  5:00



excercise

  5:45



supper

  6:00



samu/rest

  7:00



tea ceremony/zazen/dokusan

  9:00 



evening recital

  9:15



tea & crackers/yaza

2013 Sesshin Dates
October 19-26 - Tetsuzan Sensei
December7-14 - Metta and Ryuku Senseis

2014 Sesshin Dates
April 12-19 - Ryuku and Tetsuzan Senseis
June 14-21 (Old Bones Sesshin) - Ryuku Sensei
July 29 - August 3 Mountain Sesshin - Metta Sensei
October 18-25 - Tetsuzan Sensei
December 6-13 - Metta and Ryuku Senseis

Weekend Sesshin
The weekend sesshin is a short sesshin that begins on a Friday evening and continues through Sunday, usually incorporating Zazenkai on Sunday.

2014 Weekend Sesshin Dates

February 28-March 2 - Tetsuzan Sensei