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Retreats and sesshins

Retreats and sesshins offers the opportunity to dive deeply into the practice of zazen within a short period of time (one to seven days). Most practitioners begin with several one- or two-day retreats before moving on to longer ones.

For both beginning and experienced practitioners, retreats are challenging, both psychologically and physically.  Because the somewhat rigorous schedule is designed to push us towards our perceived limits and the experience of new possibilities, all attendees are strongly encouraged to participate fully in the entire schedule.

As exacting as retreats may seem to be, they allow us to become aware of our deeply ingrained thought patterns and processes.  Maintaining silence, except for dharma talks and personal interviews, is a vital retreat practice.  Even though there is very little talking during retreats, we emerge with a deep sense of intimate connection with our fellow practitioners.

Hokyoji’s yearly practice calendar includes retreats offered by Hokyoji itself and retreats and sesshins offered by visiting teachers and sanghas.  The practices, forms and customs of each of these retreats differ; some hold more closely to Soto Zen tradition, while others follow a style and schedule all their own.  For details on retreats and sesshins offered by visiting teachers and sanghas, or to register for these events, please contact those organizations directly.

You may register online for Hokyoji retreats and sesshins.  Please sign up for retreats at least 48 hours before your planned arrival.  Not only does this give us the time we need to make sure we can feed and accommodate you, it gives you the opportunity to be thoughtful about your practice commitment.    

 

Typical One Day Mindfulness Retreat schedule
Suggested contribution: members $25; nonmembers $35.

(9:00 – 10:00) Meditation instruction (optional)
9:00 am Sitting/walking meditation in zendo [15 minute bells]
10:00 Silent interval [tea, coffee, restroom, stretching]
10:20 Sitting/walking meditation in zendo [15 minute bell]
10:50 Dharma talk with questions/discussion
11:30 Silent interval
11:50 Outdoor silent walking (weather permitting)
12:30 Sitting/walking meditation in zendo [15 minute bell]
1:00 Lunch and interval (in silence)
2:00 Outdoor silent walking (weather permitting)
2:45 Sitting/walking meditation in zendo [15 minute bells]
4:00 End of Retreat

True Heart Women’s Retreat
Suggested contribution: members: $45/night; non-members: $55/night. If camping, members $30/night; non-members $40/night.

Friday
4:30 pm  Arrive and settle in

6:00 Informal dinner
7:15 Opening circle (introductions, orientation)
8:20 Sitting meditation
8:50 Evening bells

Saturday
6:45 am Sitting meditation, walking, sitting meditation
7:45 Service: recite Lovingkindness Sutra and Women Ancestors
8:10 Informal breakfast
9:30 Sitting meditation, walking
10:00 Break
10:10 Gentle Yoga
11:00 Break
11:15 Sitting meditation, walking, sitting meditation
12:15 pm Break
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 Personal time
2:40 Sitting meditation, walking
3:15 Embodied chanting
3:45 Break
4:00 Group heart project
5:45 Dinner
7:00 Sitting meditation
7:25 Outdoor walk, weather permitting
7:50 Sitting meditation, walking, sitting meditation
8:50 Evening bells

Sunday
7:00 am Sitting meditation, walking
7:35 Service: recite Lovingkindness Sutra and Women Ancestors
8:00 Informal breakfast
9:00 Sitting meditation, walking
9:35 Closing circle
10:35 Sitting meditation
11:00 Ending bells

Typical Hokyoji retreat schedule
Suggested contribution: members: $45/night; non-members: $55/night. If camping, members $30/night; non-members $40/night.  

4:30 am Wake up
5:00 am Zazen (sitting meditation)
5:35 am Kinhin (walking meditation)
5:45 am Zazen
6:20 am Kinhin
6:30 am Zazen
7:05 am Service
7:25 am Breakfast using oryoki
Clean up

Individual Practice

9:30 am Zazen
10:05 am Kinhin
10:15 am Zazen or dharma talk
10:50 am Kinhin
11:00 am Zazen
11:35 am Kinhin
11:45 am Service
12:05 pm Lunch using oryoki
Clean up

Individual Practice

2:00 pm Communal work practice
3:30 pm End work
4:15 pm Zazen
4:50 pm Kinhin
5:00 pm Zazen
5:35 pm Service

6:00 pm Informal light meal

6:45 pm Zazen
7:20 pm Kinhin
7:30 pm Zazen
8:05 pm Kinhin
8:15 pm Zazen
8:45 pm End of day