Five-day Sesshin, CC 2/11 – 2/15

Practice Center
Date / Time
Feb 11, 2020 / 6:00am - Feb 15, 2020 / 6:00pm
Event Type
Sitting Meditation & Sesshins

NOTE: Orientation is on the evening of Monday, February 10; see below.

Register by Thursday, February 6, 2020

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 ( before completing your registration.

Monday, February 10: Evening orientation for sesshin

  • Oryoki instruction at 5 pm
  • Dinner at 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 (

If you will need a chair for the entire sesshin please indicate that when you sign up.

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 Information

Fees: $270; $240 current SFZC members; $210 limited income. Some partial scholarships available.

Optional overnight accommodations:

  • $25 per night, dorm housing*
  • $38.50 per night, shared*
  • $55 per night, single*

*Subject to availability. Overnight accommodations must be booked during online registration.

Registration Information

Registration deadline: Thursday, February 6, 2020

To Register:

Register Online

Or call our toll free number (888.743.9362) or local number (415.475.9362). 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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