All-Day Silent Retreat (Zazenkai)

All-Day Silent Retreat Zazenkai

Due to Covid-19, our zazenkai sessions are currently open only to zendo members.

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.

Online Zazenkai dates 2021-2022:
September 25; October 16; January 8; March 12; May 7

Time: 9 am - 5 pm
We invite you to join us for the whole day. However, if you can only attend for part of the time, please enter or leave the Zoom session only during breaks or walking meditation

Cost: $25 for members; $40 for non-members

Registration: Register at the zendo no later than the day before or call 212-414-3128.


9 am:
Opening words
Gatha of Repentence (chant)
Three 25-minute periods of zazen, with kin-hin (walking meditation) in between
10:35 am: Morning break
10:50 am: One 25-minue period of zazen / kin-hin
Gatha on Opening the Sutra (chant)
Dharma talk (20-25 min.) / kin-hin
One 25-minute period of zazen
Chanting service: The Heart Sutra and The Harmonious Song of Difference and Sameness
12:30 pm: Lunch break
1:45 pm: Three 25-minute periods of zazen, with kin-hin in between
3:15 pm: Afternoon break
3:30 pm: Three 25-minute periods of zazen, with kin-hin in between
4:55 pm: Closing chants: Great Vows for All and Evening Gatha (solo chant by facilitator)