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Sitting Meditation & Sesshins

Sittings

See below for descriptions of introductory, half-day and one-day offerings, as well as longer sesshins.

Sesshins

Sesshin means to collect the heart/mind. We spend 3, 5, or 7 days meditating, eating, and working in silence, devoting every aspect of the day to the realization of the Buddha Way. Sesshin meals are generally served and taken in the traditional oryoki style.

Sesshin always begins with an orientation the evening before at 7:30 pm in the Buddha Hall near the entrance to 300 Page Street. There is also an oryoki instruction and refresher training offered the evening before at 5:00 pm; to sign up, call our toll free number 888.743.9362 or our local number 415.475.9362. (If you would like to stay for dinner that evening, dinner is at 6:30 pm; cost is by donation.)
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Thursday Meditation, Conversation and Tea

This weekly Thursday sitting is open to all, including those beginning practice or who are unfamiliar with Zen Center forms, as well as those for whom an evening sitting is more convenient. One 35-minute period of sitting meditation in the zendo at 7:30 pm is followed by an optional question-and-answer session with tea upstairs.


Saturday Introductory Afternoon

This half-day course is ideal for those who have attended the Saturday morning meditation instruction and wish to learn more about the details of practice at City Center.


Sunday Beginners' Sittings

This sitting is for new students and those who wish to participate in a gentler schedule.


Saturday Half-Day Sitting: The Four Divine Abidings, CC 5/31
with Shosan Victoria Austin and Shinki Mark Lancaster
in the City Center Buddha Hall
Saturday, May 31, 2014
1:30 - 4:30 pm

This half-day sitting will include zazen, yoga, chanting, a short talk, tea and discussion aimed at deepening our study of the Four Divine Abidings: friendliness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity.


Saturday Half-Day Sittings

This half-day sitting offers traditional Soto Zen meditation practice. We ask those who attend to commit to participating in the complete schedule.


Saturday One-Day Sittings

One-day sittings offer traditional Soto Zen all-day meditation practice. We ask those who attend one-day sittings to commit to participating in the complete schedule.


Three-Day Sesshin 2014, CC 6/19-21
led by Shosan Victoria Austin and Shinki Mark Lancaster
Thursday, June 19, through Saturday, June 21
(Begins Wednesday evening, June 18)

Sesshin means to collect the heart-mind. Traditional Soto Zen meditation retreat includes oryoki meals, daily Dharma talks, sitting and walking meditation, and private interviews with senior teachers.


Six-Day Sesshin, CC 3/23-3/28
led by Anshin Rosalie Curtis and Jisan Tova Green
Sunday, March 23 - Friday, March 28, 2014
(Begins Saturday evening, March 22)

Sesshin means to collect the heart-mind. Traditional Soto Zen meditation retreat includes oryoki meals, daily Dharma talks, sitting and walking meditation, and private interviews with senior teachers.


Seven-Day Rohatsu Sesshin 2013, CC 12/1-7

The seven-day rohatsu sesshin commemorates Buddha's enlightenment and closes the Fall Practice Period.


Interims
During the interim break the regular schedule is optional for residents. The zendo (meditation hall) will continue to be open for meditation, staffed by volunteers. Sign up on the volunteer sheet near the zendo or contact the ino if you would like to volunteer to be doan or doorwatch in the morning or evening during the interim. Thank you.