Weekend Silence-in-the-City

city windowAs we come together to celebrate the birth of the Buddha, we invite you to take the opportunity to deepen your practice by joining us in this annual mini-retreat (sesshin) covering 2 days. This extended period of time allows us, as lay practitioners, to experience bringing retreat silence from the zendo out into the city and into our homes on Friday evening and then returning on Saturday for a full day of committed practice. A period of outdoor (individual) walking meditation on Saturday afternoon heightens the fusion of city and zendo, and two dharma talks are given on Saturday, as well.

Non-members and those who do not normally sit with us are welcome. There is no Introduction to Zen component at this retreat, so participants need to have some prior Zen experience. Daisan (private meeting with a teacher) is available to all participants, whether a member or not. Cushions, sitting benches, mats, and chairs are provided. Oryoki (a formal vegetarian meal in the zendo) is offered as the evening meal on Saturday. Participants are asked to bring their lunch. Tea, coffee, and simple refreshments are available all day.

If you are unable to attend on Friday due to work or another committment, you can still participate. Just let us know when you register whether you are coming for the whole time or only on Saturday.

A general schedule is below. If you have any questions please contact us.

2018 Silence-in-the-City

Dates: Friday and Saturday, April 6 and 7, 2018

Place: At the NYC zendo - map and location here.

Cost: $25 members; $40 non-members

Registration deadline: Thursday, April 5

To register: Please send an email to info@stillmindzendo.org or register at the zendo or call 212-414-3128

General Schedule

Friday Evening:

6:15 pm to 6:50 pm: Registration
7:00 pm: Opening chants
Three 25-minute periods of zazen and walking meditation
9:00 pm: Closing chants

For the rest of the evening and into the morning, please maintain silence in your home.


9:00 am: Opening chants
Three periods of zazen
10:45 am: Break
11:10 am: Dharma talk
Zazen/chanting service
12:30 pm: Lunch (please bring your lunch)
1:20 pm: Optional 15-minute Qi gong offered
1:40 pm: Dharma talk
Two periods of zazen/walking meditation (daisan offered)
3:15 pm: Break
3:45 pm: Three periods of zazen/ walking meditation -including individual
outdoor walking meditation (daisan offered)
5:25 pm: Evening meal in the zendo
Short break
6:45 pm: Two periods of zazen/walking meditation
Closing chants
Brief work practice
8:30 pm: Close