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
2014 Sesshin Dates
October 18-25 - Tetsuzan Sensei
December 6-13 - Metta and Ryuku Senseis
 
2015 Sesshin Dates
Sesshin at Blue Mountain Dates TBD- Peggy Metta Sensei, Karin Ryuku Sensei
October 17-24- Ken Tetsuzan Sensei
December 5-12- Peggy Metta and Karin 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.

2015 Weekend Sesshin Dates
January 16-18- Karin Ryuku Sensei
February 27- March 1- Ken Tetsuzan Sensei
Mary 1-3- Karin Ryuku Sensei