Sesshin, literally “to touch the Mind,” is a period of time set aside for an intensive meditation retreat to let go of the conditioned self in order to resume our original nature. This sesshin is a special time of practice that will allow us to dive into the core of Zen training. A silent meditation intensive for experienced sitters to still the mind from moment to moment manifesting the realization of the Way.
Each day, the schedule begins at 5:00 a.m. and includes 5 periods of meditation, chanting, mindful work, Dharma talks, and private interviews, and ends at 9 p.m. The retreat begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday and ends at 8 a.m. Saturday. Special arrangements can be made for those unable to come for the entire retreat due to work commitments. In the spirit of Buddha’s enlightenment, on Friday night we will be in tetsuya, which means we will “sit through the whole night,” from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.