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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. (If you would like to stay for dinner that evening, dinner is at 6:30 pm; cost is by donation.)

To sign up for a sitting or sesshin, call our toll free number (888.743.9362) or our local number (415.475.9362).
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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 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.


Zazenkai
with Urban Temple Dharma Teacher Ryushin Paul Haller
Select Fridays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm / 1:30 - 4:30 pm

Zazenkai is a period of time dedicated to zazen with minimal traditional formalities.


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.


Seven-Day Rohatsu Sesshin 2014, CC 11/30 - 12/6
led by Abiding Abbot Rinso Ed Sattizahn
Sunday, November 30 - Saturday, December 6, 2014

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


Seven-Day Sesshin at City Center, 3/22 - 3/28
led by Urban Temple Dharma Teacher Ryushin Paul Haller
Sunday, March 22 - Saturday, March 28, 2015

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


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.