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SESSHIN

We are fortunate to have an ample building that makes it possible to accommodate up to 24 people for regular 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 four to five times a year, ranging in length from two to six days (most are four days). The next scheduled sesshins are

August 12, 7:30pm–August 18, noonish

October 9, 7:30pm–October 13, noonish

December 11, 7:30pm–December 15, noonish

February 26, 7:30pm–Sunday, March 2, noonish

Participants live at the center, take part in daily cleaning and cooking activities, and spend upwards of ten hours a day in formal zazen.  The day is broken up by meals, a work period, a calisthenics period and a rest period.  Two chanting services are held, and teisho is offered daily.  Dokusan is generally offered three times in the course of a normal sesshin day.

Most anyone who has established their practice at the Center may take part in sesshin, and we welcome practitioners from other Zen centers.

 

While full-time 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 need to excuse oneself from some part of the sesshin day.  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 about sesshin proper, consult our Sesshin Guidelines.

To register for Sesshin:

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