Seven-Day Spring Sesshin 2019, CC 3/16 – 3/23

With Ryushin Paul Haller

  Saturday, March 16 (evening orientation) – Saturday, March 23

This seven-day sesshin closes the Winter Practice Period.

Sesshins are traditional Soto Zen meditation retreats that include formal zendo meals, dharma talks, sitting and walking meditation, and private interviews with senior teachers. In order to understand the nature of our formal retreats, and to be clear about the details of the practice, please review a typical sesshin schedule, as well as our guidelines for zendo conduct. We ask those who attend sesshin to commit to following these guidelines and to participating in the schedule completely. If you have questions regarding the schedule or guidelines, please consult with the head of the meditation hall, the ino, via email ([email protected]) before completing your registration.

Saturday, March 16: Evening orientation for sesshin

  • Oryoki instruction 5 pm
  • Dinner 6 pm
  • Orientation for all participants 7:30 pm
Meals are included in the cost of sesshin. However, to receive your meals, you will need an oryoki set. You may bring your own or rent an oryoki set for the duration of sesshin. If you would like to rent oryoki, please add the rent oryoki set fee to your reservation. To purchase your own oryoki set, contact the City Center Ino by email ([email protected]).

Prerequisite: At least two one-day sittings at City Center or Green Gulch. If you have not participated in a San Francisco Zen Center sesshin before, please communicate with the ino before signing up.

Fee: $420; $378 current members; $336 limited income. (Some partial scholarships available.)

Optional overnight accommodations:

  • $35 per night, shared*
  • $50 per night, single*
(*subject to availability)

Contact the events coordinator at 415.354.0360 or by email [email protected].

To Register: Use the Register Online button above (if this is your first sesshin, see info below before registering). Or call our toll free number 888.743.9362 or local number 415.475.9362.
  • Deadline for applying: Monday, March 11, 2019.
  • If this is your first sesshin at City Center, please contact the ino (head of meditation hall) at 415.354.0391 or by email prior to registering.
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