Sesshin, meaning “to gather the mind,” is a traditional silent Zen meditation intensive. It is anopportunity to come together as a Sangha in support of our practice where we create a space to settle deeply into sitting and embody the teachings of Buddha. Setting aside grasping and rejecting, picking and choosing, together we simply meet what is most directly present with attention and openness, moment after moment.
Sesshin at Buddha Eye Temple consist of zazen interspersed with kinhin, or walking meditation, chanting, samu, or work practice, and formal oryokistyle vegetarian meals. If you would like to offer an evening meal of soup and bread, please speak with Sogaku. Offerings for the snack table are also welcome, and cheese, crackers, fruit, and nuts are appreciated as much as sweets.
There are options both for fulltime and parttime participation. To help facilitate a settled practice space, parttime participants should coordinate participation with the following “practice blocks”: (1) Morning zazen through breakfast (2) Morning samu through lunch; (3) Afternoon zazen through dinner; (4) Evening zazen. It is fine to participate in zazen without preregistration. For firsttime attendees, oryoki eating instruction is required and will be available prior tthe retreat on December 6 at 6:30 p.m. It is also possible to arrange a lesson for a different time. There will be no instruction during sesshin.
Dormitory style sleepover accommodations are available primarily for fulltime attendees or outoftown participants, with separate spaces for men and women. Mattresses, linens, and blankets are available. Please bring towels and any necessary toiletries. If you are able to do outdoor work, please bring work clothing, work shoes, and rain gear. Do not bring clocks, watches, cell phones, computers, music devices, journals, or books. Please register no later than Wednesday, December 2. It is fine to submit registration information by email. If for any reason your schedule changes during sesshin, please communicate with the retreat leader or leave a message on the temple answering machine.