Weekend Silence-in-the-City

city windowWe invite you to deepen your practice by joining us for these two mini-retreats (sesshin), which cover two days. This extended period of time allows us, as lay practitioners, to experience bringing retreat silence from the zendo out into the city and into our homes on Friday evening and then returning on Saturday for a full day of committed practice. Winter Silence-in-the-City celebrates the Awakening of the Buddha, while Spring Silence-in-the-City celebrates Buddha's Birth.

Non-members and those who do not normally sit with us are welcome. There is no Introduction to Zen component at this retreat, so participants must have some prior Zen experience. Cushions, sitting benches, mats, and chairs are provided. A dharma talk is given on Saturday, and daisan (meeting with a teacher) is open to all participants. Please bring your own lunch. Tea, coffee, and simple refreshments are available all day.

If you are unable to attend on Friday due to work or another commitment, you can still participate. Just let us know when you register whether you are coming for the whole time or only on Saturday.

A general schedule is below. If you have any questions please contact us.

Winter Silence-in-the-City
Friday and Saturday, December 6-7, 2019 - to celebrate the Awakening of the Buddha

Spring Silence-in-the-City
Friday and Saturday, April 3-4, 2020 - to celebrate the Birth of the Buddha

Place: At the NYC zendo - map and location here.

Time: Friday, 6:55 pm - 9 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:45 pm

Cost: $25 members; $40 non-members

Registration deadline: Two days before

To register: Please send an email to info@stillmindzendo.org or register at the zendo or call 212-414-3128

General Schedule

Friday Evening:

6:15 pm to 6:50 pm: Registration
7:00 pm: Opening chants
Three 25-minute periods of zazen and walking meditation
9:00 pm: Closing chants

~ For the rest of the evening and into the morning, please maintain silence in your home. ~


Zazen and walking meditation
Dharma talk
Zazen and walking meditation (daisan offered)
Chanting service
Lunch (please bring your own)

Optional Qi Gong
Zazen and walking meditation (daisan offered)
Zazen and walking meditation (daisan offered)
Work Practice