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 currently offer a Winter and Spring 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.

Silence-in-the-City Retreats:
Friday and Saturday, Dec. 10-11, 2021
Friday and Saturday, April 8-9, 2022

Time: Friday:  7 - 8:45 pm; Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm

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

Registration: Please register by Dec. 9 for the first retreat or April 7 for the second retreat. Register at the zendo or call 212-414-3128.

Schedule:
Friday
7 pm: Opening Words
Gatha of Repentence (chant)
Three periods of zazen (25 minutes each) with kin-hin (walking meditation) in between
8:40 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 kin-hin (walking meditation) in between
10:35 am: Break
10:50 am: Dharma talk / two periods of zazen / kin-hin / 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 kin-hin (walking meditation) in between
3:15 pm: Break
3:30 pm: Three periods of zazen (25 minutes each) with kin-hin (walking meditation) in between
4:55 pm: Closing chants: Great Vows for All and Evening Gatha (solo chant by facilitator)