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