Sesshin literally means ‘gathering the heart/mind’. A sesshin is an intensive multi-day Zen meditation retreat with a consistent schedule that creates a deep, quiet container for practice. Each day consists of sitting (zazen) and walking (kinhin) meditation, service and chanting (liturgy), formal meals in the zendo (oryoki*), personal interviews with the teachers, work practice (samu) and physical practice. We observe Noble Silence throughout and support each other in quiet, whole-hearted practice. It is recommended, although certainly not mandatory, that you participate in at least one day-long retreat (Zazenkai or Bodhidharma) before you sit sesshin to prepare you for this very deep and intimate practice.
*Special note about oryoki — in this tradition, all meals are vegan and gluten-free. We are unable to accommodate further dietary sensitivities. If your dietary sensitivities are outside of vegan and gluten-free, we suggest you consider another retreat option.
Click here to complete an on-line Sesshin questionnaire. Additionally, click here for a downloadable PDF of Guidelines of Conduct for a Practice Period/Sesshin. At the end of the Sesshin questionnaire, you will be asked to affirm that you have read the Guidelines. Thank you.
Maximum Participants: 25
Tuition (Members): $490.00
Tuition (Non-Members): $540.00
More details: Includes dormitory lodging (upgrade available). Dana to teacher and residents.
Lodging: Dormitory lodging (or an RV space) is INCLUDED in your tuition fee. If you want to upgrade your lodging, the following options are available (space permitting):
- Upgrade to double $25 per night