All Day Sitting (Zazenkai)

meditation cushions

All-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, although 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, after reading the general schedule below, you are not sure about your readiness, please email or call us and someone will get back to you.

Zazenaki dates 2014:
May 10, 2014

Suggested donation:  $25 members, $40 non-members

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

What to bring: Zabutons (mats), zafus (cushions), seiza benches, and chairs are provided. Simple refreshments are available all day and a vegetarian lunch is served in a simple oryoki style. Bring your lunch on extended zazenkai days (dinner provided).

Schedule:
- 8:15-8:30 am: Registration and orientation for newcomers (7:40 – 7:55 am on December 7th for Rohatsu Zazenkai)
- 3 25-minute periods of sitting with walking meditation in between (daisan offered)
- Break
- Dharma talk
- Chanting service
- Modified oryoki (meal in the zendo)
- 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)
- 20-minute work practice
- 5:45 pm: Close