All-Day Silent Retreat (Zazenkai)

dAs our zendo is currently closed due to the coronavirus, we are currently offering Extended online sitting on the fourth Saturday of each month. Please see this page for information.

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.

Non-members and those who do not ordinarily sit with us are welcome. However, there is no Intro to Zen 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 2019-2020:
September 14; October 12; January 11; March 7; May 2

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.

- 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
- 5:45 pm: Close