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Retreats (Sesshin)


We are fortunate to have an ample building and a dedicated teacher making it possible to accommodate up to 24 people for the live-in, multi-day retreats known as sesshin.  There is no question but that sesshin is the highest expression of Zen training and a vehicle second to none for developing a focused, concentrated practice. 

We offer sesshin six to seven times a year, ranging in length from two to six days.  During that time, participants live at the center, take part in daily cleaning and cooking activities, and spend upwards of ten hours a day in formal meditation.  Those hours are broken up by meals, a work period, a calisthenics period and a rest period.  Two chanting services are held, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, and teisho is offered daily.  Dokusan is generally offered three times in the course of a normal sesshin day.

With few exceptions, most anyone who has begun practice at the Center may take part in sesshin.  We also welcome practitioners from other Zen centers.  

While full-time sesshin attendance is optimal, we understand that work and family commitments may make such attendance difficult, and it is possible to attend sesshin part- or short-time.  (Part-time attendance means that one will attend for only certain blocks, e.g. evening, of the sesshin days.  Short-time attendance means that one will attend complete sesshin days, but not all of the days of sesshin, e.g. Friday-Sunday rather than a full Wednesday-Sunday)

For more specific details, consult our "Sesshin Guidelines."  To register for sesshin, click here.