Sesshin, meaning “to gather the mind,” is a traditional silent Zen meditation intensive. It includes sitting periods, work practice, chanting, and ritual meals. Sesshin is an opportunity to come together as a Sangha in support of our practice, where we create a space to settle deeply into sitting and study the teachings of Buddha.
Vegetarian meals will be served and eaten in the Zendo oryoki-style. If you would like to offer an evening meal of soup and bread, please let Ejo know. Offerings for the snack table are also welcome, and cheese, crackers, fruit, and nuts are appreciated as much as sweets. Dormitory-style sleepover accommodations are available. Mattresses, futons, sleeping pads, and blankets or sleeping bags are available, but please bring bedding and linens if possible, as well as 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.
You may attend all or any portion of the sesshin. Please arrive and depart during breaks, work practice, or kinhin (see schedule on back). It is fine to drop in at any time for zazen or service without registering, but if you will be attending meals or work practice, please pre-register to allow us to make space and food calculations. It is best to register as far in advance as possible and to be clear beforehand about which portions you will attend and which you will not. If for any reason your schedule changes, please communicate with the retreat leader or leave a message on the zendo answering machine.