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 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.

Currently, Covid-19 guidelines require advance registration and proof of full vaccination. Masks are worn in the zendo and our numbers are limited to allow for proper distancing. Please note that without advance registration, we regret that participation in this retreat is not possible. 

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 - 5:45 pm

Cost: $20 for members; $30 for non-members

Advance registration required: Please fill out this form to let us know you are coming and provide proof of full Covid-19 vaccination.

Schedule:
Friday:
Opening Words 7 pm; three periods of zazen with kin-hin (walking meditation) in between; closeing 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 without masks. Coffee and tea are served; please bring your lunch.