All Day Sitting (Zazenkai)

dAll-day sitting is an opportunity for Zen practitioners to deepen their practice by sitting for an extended period of time over the course of an entire day.

Non-members and those who do not ordinarily sit with us are welcome. However, there is no Zen for Beginners component at our zazenkai; those who attend should have had some previous sitting experience. Daisan, or a private meeting with one of our teachers, is open to all who attend, whether a member or not. If you are not sure about your readiness, please call or email us.

Zazenkai dates 2016-2017:
September 10; October 15; December 10 (Rohatsu); January 7; March 11; May 13

Cost: $25 members, $40 non-members

Registration:Call Still Mind Zendo (212-414-3128) or sign up at the zendo.

What to bring:Please bring your lunch. Zabutons (mats), zafus (cushions), seiza benches, and chairs are provided. Simple refreshments are available all day. For Rohatsu zazenkai (in December), a vegetarian dinner is provided.

- 8:15-8:45 am: Registration and orientation for newcomers (7:40 - 7:55 am for Rohatsu zazenkai)
- 9 am: 3 25-minute periods of sitting with walking meditation in between (daisan offered)
- Break
- Dharma talk
- Chanting service
- Lunch break and rest period of 1 hour
- Optional 15 minutes of qi-gong
- 3 25-minute sitting periods (daisan offered)
- Break
- 3 25-minute sitting periods (daisan offered)
- Closing chants
- 20-minute work practice
- 5:55 pm: Close