All Day Silent Retreat (Zazenkai)

dAll day silent retreat (zazenkai) is an opportunity for Zen practitioners to deepen their practice by meditating (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 2017-2018:
September 16; October 14; December 9 (Rohatsu - extended hours); January 6; February 3; May 12

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
- 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