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 days. We call it "Silence in the City" and this year we are offering it in the winter and spring.

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.

Advance registration is required to participate. Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is no longer required. Masks are optional in the zendo. We do not accept walk-ins.

Silence-in-the-City Retreat:
  • Friday, December 8–Saturday, December 9, 2023
  • Friday, April 5–Saturday, April 6, 2024
Time: Friday:  7 pm–8:45 pm; Saturday: 9 am–5:00 pm

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

Advance registration required: Please fill out this form to let us know you are coming. Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is no longer required.

Opening Words 7 pm; three periods of zazen with kin-hin (walking meditation) in between; closing chants 8:45

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

Saturday: The day is made up of four blocks of zazen and 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 outdoors. Coffee, tea, and snacks are served; please bring your lunch.