All-Day Silent Retreat (Zazenkai)
All-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. There is walking meditation in between the seated sessions, as well as brief chanting and a dharma talk by one of our teachers. Daisan, a private meeting with a teacher, is optional for all who attend, whether a member or not.
Non-members and those who don't ordinarily sit with use are welcome. However, there is no Intro to Zen component at our zazenkai; those who attend should have some previous sitting experience. If you are not sure about your readiness, please call or email us.
Currently, Covid-19 guidelines require advance registration and proof of full vaccination. Masks are worn and our numbers are limited to offer proper distancing in the zendo. Please note that without advance registration, entry to the zazenkai is not possible.
Online Zazenkai dates 2021-2022:
September 25; October 16; January 8; March 12; May 7
Time: 9 am - 5:45 pm
Cost: $20 for members; $30 for non-members, payable at the door by cash or check
Advance registration required: Please fill out this form to let us know you are coming and provide proof of full Covid-19 vaccination.
Schedule: The day consists of four blocks of zazen (seated meditation) with kin-hin (walking meditation) in between, along with a dharma talk and a short chanting service. A meeting with a teacher is available for all who attend, and ample time is offered for breaks, rest, and being outside without masks. Coffee and tea are served; please bring your lunch.