Sitting Meditation & Sesshins (Green Gulch)

Green Gulch Meditation Hall


Sittings

Saturday Half-Day Introductory Sittings

A gentle introduction for beginning sitters. The morning will include instruction in sitting meditation (zazen) and walking meditation (kinhin), followed by alternating brief periods of zazen (20–25 minutes) and kinhin (10–15 minutes), and discussion with the leader. The morning concludes with lunch, which provides the opportunity for more informal conversation.

All Day Sittings with Zoketsu Norman Fischer and Everyday Zen

These traditional yet relaxed all-day sittings begin at 9 am and include meditation, a silent lunch, dharma talk/discussion, and dokusan (private meeting with Norman or other teachers).

One-Day Sittings

One-day sittings at Green Gulch offer traditional Soto Zen all-day meditation practice. Formal oryoki meals are served in the zendo. Please be in the zendo by 4:50 am. Participants are welcome to stay for an informal dinner at 6 pm.

Recommended for newcomers: recorded instruction sessions and Half-Day Introductory Sitting (see above).

In order to understand the nature of our formal retreats and to be clear about the details of the practice, please review a typical one-day sitting schedule as well as our guidelines for zendo conduct. We ask those who attend one-day sittings to commit to following these guidelines and to participate in the schedule completely.

Sesshins

Sesshin, meaning "to gather, collect, and convey the mind-heart," is a traditional Soto Zen meditation retreat that includes 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.


Upcoming Sitting Meditation & Sesshin Events:

Saturday, Jul 20, 2024
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09:00 AM Green Gulch Farm All Day Sitting with Everyday Zen, GGF 7/20
Saturday, Jul 27, 2024
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06:00 AM Green Gulch Farm Saturday One-Day Sitting, GGF 7/27 – Sold out
Saturday, Aug 10, 2024
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09:00 AM Green Gulch Farm Introductory Half-Day Sitting, GGF 8/10
Wednesday, Aug 14, 2024
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04:00 PM Green Gulch Farm Four-Day Sesshin, GGF 8/14–8/18
Saturday, Aug 31, 2024
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09:00 AM Green Gulch Farm All Day Sitting with Everyday Zen, GGF 8/31
Saturday, Sep 14, 2024
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09:00 AM Green Gulch Farm Introductory Half-Day Sitting, GGF 9/14
Saturday, Sep 21, 2024
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09:00 AM Green Gulch Farm All Day Sitting with Everyday Zen, GGF 9/21
Saturday, Oct 5, 2024
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09:00 AM Green Gulch Farm Introductory Half-Day Sitting, GGF 10/5
Saturday, Nov 2, 2024
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09:00 AM Green Gulch Farm All Day Sitting with Everyday Zen, GGF 11/2
Saturday, Nov 9, 2024
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09:00 AM Green Gulch Farm Introductory Half-Day Sitting, GGF 11/9
Saturday, Nov 23, 2024
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09:00 AM Green Gulch Farm All Day Sitting with Everyday Zen, GGF 11/23
Saturday, Dec 7, 2024
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09:00 AM Green Gulch Farm Introductory Half-Day Sitting, GGF 12/7