Sesshins are silent intensive meditation retreats. Each day of sesshin typically includes ten 35-minute zazen periods, dokusan (an individual face-to-face meeting with the teacher), a dharma talk, formal oryoki meals, work practice and service assignments. You may attend one or more days. You are welcome to sleep at the center (sleeping bags on the floor cushions) or commute. The fee for sesshins is $45 per day ($36 per day for members) and payment in full is required at the time of registration. Previous zazen practice is required.
2012 Fall Sesshin Schedule
August 18: 1 day with Ken Ford
September 8-15: Hokyoji, 7 day sesshin with Byakuren Judith Ragir. Participants may also choose a three day option, September 8-10.
October 5-6: Beginners Mind with Kyoku Tracey Walen
October 20: Half-Day Sesshin with Byakuren Judith Ragir. Included in the Meditation Intensive. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.
November 8-11: Three Day Sesshin with Dokai Georgesen.
December 1 – 8 Buddha’s Enlightenment Sesshin at Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center. Participants can register for one or more days.
To register for a sesshin, please register online or contact Amy Horne at 651-222-6968 ext. 1. If you will not be participating in the entire sesshin, please email the Ino (temple coordinator) with the dates and times you will be participating. Additionally, please contact the Ino with questions, scheduling changes, dietary concerns or to schedule a pre-sesshin interview (required for those doing their first sesshin at Clouds in Water).
Visitors are welcome to join sesshin participants for any scheduled sitting and walking meditation period, dharma talk or liturgy service. (Visitors do not participate in dokusan and meals.) Donations are welcome.