This Saturday retreat provides the opportunity to join the Bread Loaf Mountain Zen Community in several periods of uninterrupted meditation in a full day of silence. We observe Noble Silence throughout the day, including meal and tea time. We engage wholeheartedly in alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, an hour of work practice, chanting service and a dharma reflection. Meditation instruction is available at the beginning of the day.
Zazenkai is an opportunity to become more familiar with Zen meditation and to drop deeply into practice. For those unfamiliar, a glimpse of sesshin (week-long intensive meditation retreat) practice is experienced.
Please wear loose clothing that is comfortable for sitting. In-person is not possible for this Zazenkai. The facilitators of this Zazenkai will be in the UK. Online attendees will be provided a Zoom link.
Bread Loaf Mountain Zen Community is happy to offer this online day of practice at no charge, dana is always welcome . The schedule is below. Register here.
After attending a Zazenkai, participants may feel encouraged to attend a sesshin (see scheduled dates here.)
6:00 – 7:00am Optional Zazen and walking meditation (optional meditation instruction)
7:00 – 7:40 am Zazen
7:40 – 8:00 am Chanting Service
8:00 – 8:30 am Breakfast (silent)
8:30 – 9:00 am Rest/Tea
9:00 – 10:00 am Work Practice
10:00 – 10:40 am Rest/Tea
10:40 – 12:40 pm Zazen and walking meditation
12:40 – 1:00 pm Chanting Service
1:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch (silent)
1:30 – 2:30 pm Rest
2:30 – 2:45 pm Zazen
2:45 – 3:45 pm Dharma Reflection
3:50 – 5:00 pm Zazen and walking meditation
5:00 – 5:30 pm Tea Break/Rest/Physical practice
5:30 – 6:30 pm Zazen and Metta Chant, Four Vows and Depart
Dates of Zazenkai in 2022
|July 30 facilitated by||Eisho||Gentaku|
|October 15 facilitated by||Genjin||Hogen|