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: Sunday morning meditation instruction 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 [.pdf], as well as our guidelines for zendo conduct [.pdf]. We ask those who attend one-day sittings to commit to following these guidelines and to participate in the schedule completely. For questions regarding the schedule or guidelines, please consult with the Ino (Head of the Meditation Hall) via email before completing your registration.

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 [.pdf], as well as our guidelines for zendo conduct [.pdf]. 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 (ggfino@sfzc.org) before completing your registration.


Upcoming Sitting Meditation & Sesshin Events:

Saturday, Oct 8, 2022
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09:00 AM Green Gulch Farm In-Person Introductory Half Day Sitting, GGF 10/8
Saturday, Oct 29, 2022
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09:00 AM Green Gulch Farm All Day Sitting with Everyday Zen, GGF 10/29
Saturday, Nov 19, 2022
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09:00 AM Green Gulch Farm In-Person Introductory Half Day Sitting, GGF 11/19
Saturday, Nov 26, 2022
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09:00 AM Green Gulch Farm All Day Sitting with Everyday Zen, GGF 11/26
Saturday, Dec 17, 2022
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09:00 AM Green Gulch Farm All Day Sitting with Everyday Zen, GGF 12/17
Saturday, Jan 28, 2023
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09:00 AM Green Gulch Farm All Day Sitting with Everyday Zen, GGF 1/28
Saturday, Feb 11, 2023
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09:00 AM Green Gulch Farm Introductory Half Day Sitting, GGF 2/11
Saturday, Feb 18, 2023
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09:00 AM Green Gulch Farm All Day Sitting with Everyday Zen, GGF 2/18
Saturday, Feb 25, 2023
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09:00 AM Green Gulch Farm Saturday One-Day Sitting, GGF 2/25
Saturday, Mar 18, 2023
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09:00 AM Green Gulch Farm Saturday One-Day Sitting, GGF 3/18
Sunday, Apr 2, 2023
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03:00 PM Green Gulch Farm Spring 2023 Seven-Day Sesshin, GGF 4/2 - 4/9
Saturday, Apr 22, 2023
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09:00 AM Green Gulch Farm All Day Sitting with Everyday Zen, GGF 4/22
Saturday, May 20, 2023
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09:00 AM Green Gulch Farm All Day Sitting with Everyday Zen, GGF 5/20
Saturday, Jun 10, 2023
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09:00 AM Green Gulch Farm Introductory Half Day Sitting, GGF 6/10
Saturday, Jun 17, 2023
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09:00 AM Green Gulch Farm Saturday One-Day Sitting, GGF 6/17
Saturday, Jun 24, 2023
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09:00 AM Green Gulch Farm All Day Sitting with Everyday Zen, GGF 6/24
Saturday, Jul 8, 2023
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09:00 AM Green Gulch Farm Introductory Half Day Sitting, GGF 7/8
Saturday, Jul 15, 2023
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09:00 AM Green Gulch Farm All Day Sitting with Everyday Zen, GGF 7/15
Saturday, Jul 22, 2023
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09:00 AM Green Gulch Farm Saturday One-Day Sitting, GGF 7/22
Saturday, Aug 12, 2023
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09:00 AM Green Gulch Farm Introductory Half Day Sitting, GGF 8/12
Saturday, Aug 26, 2023
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09:00 AM Green Gulch Farm All Day Sitting with Everyday Zen, GGF 8/26
Saturday, Sep 9, 2023
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09:00 AM Green Gulch Farm Introductory Half Day Sitting, GGF 9/9
Saturday, Sep 16, 2023
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09:00 AM Green Gulch Farm Saturday One-Day Sitting, GGF 9/16
Saturday, Sep 23, 2023
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09:00 AM Green Gulch Farm All Day Sitting with Everyday Zen, GGF 9/23
Saturday, Oct 14, 2023
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09:00 AM Green Gulch Farm Introductory Half Day Sitting, GGF 10/14
Saturday, Oct 21, 2023
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09:00 AM Green Gulch Farm All Day Sitting with Everyday Zen, GGF 10/21
Saturday, Oct 28, 2023
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09:00 AM Green Gulch Farm Saturday One-Day Sitting, GGF 10/28