Weekend Silence-in-the-city

Weekend Silence-in-the-city

We invite you to deepen your practice by joining us for a mini-retreat (sesshin), that covers two or four days. We currently offer a Fall and Winter retreat.

This extended period of time allows us to practice retreat silence in our homes overnight, thereby bringing Zen awareness to our daily environment and habits. As on retreats, we maintain our committed practice throughout the day and night, with the support of the sangha, but we do so in our homes instead of in a monastic setting.

This program has moved online due to COVID. Please read this page for instruction on how to join our upcoming Silence-in-the-City sessions.


Online Silence-in-the-City
2020-21 Dates:

Fall Silence-in-the-City
Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13-14, 2020

Winter Silence-in-the-City
Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5-6, 2021


Time:
Friday:  7 - 8:30 pm; Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
We invite you to join us for the whole day on Saturday. However, if you can only attend for part of the time, please enter or leave the Zoom session only during breaks or walking meditation

Zoom Link:  (please mute yourself and keep your video off for the entire session; more info here about our online procedures)

Cost: Donations are gratefully accepted for our online sessions

Registration: No need to register or call ahead; simply click on the Zoom link above 5-10 minutes before the start of the session each day.

Schedule:
Friday
7 pm: Opening Words
Gatha of Repentence (chant)
Three periods of zazen (25 minutes each) with 5-minute kin-hin (walking meditation) in between
8:30 pm: Closing chants: Great Vows for All and Evening Gatha (solo chant by facilitator)

~ Practitioners are encouraged to maintain silence at home overnight as much as
possible ~

Saturday
9 am: Gatha of Repentence (chant)
Three periods of zazen (25 minutes each) with 5-minute kin-hin (walking meditation) in between
10:35 am: Break
10:50 am: One period of zazen / kin-hin
Gatha on Opening the Sutra (chant)
Dharma Talk / kin-hin
One 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 periods of zazen (25 minutes each) with 5-minute kin-hin (walking meditation) in between
3:15 pm: Break
3:30 pm: Three periods of zazen (25 minutes each) with 5-minute kin-hin (walking meditation) in between
4:55 pm: Closing chants: Great Vows for All and Evening Gatha (solo chant by facilitator)