Sesshin Schedule

Bodhisattva, Afghanistan, vallée du Ghorband, ...Our sesshin schedule is generally as follows:

Opening Evening

[4:30-6:00 PM Oryoki instruction, as needed; service instruction, as needed.]
8:00-8:30 opening remarks; zazen
8:40-9:10 zazen; Four Bodhisattva Vows
9:30 Lights out

Full Days of Sesshin

5:00-5:25 Coffee and tea
5:30-6:10 Gatha of Atonement; zazen
6:20-7:00 zazen
7:10-7:40 zazen; Verse of the Kesa
7:40-8:20 service
8:20-9:00 breakfast
9:00-10:00 break
10:00-10:30 zazen
|10:40-11:40 Dharma Talk (on first, third, and fifth days of sesshin)
|10:40-11:10 zazen  (on second, fourth, and sometimes the sixth day of sesshin)
|11:20-11:50 zazen
12:00-12:10 service
12:10-12:40 lunch
12:40-2:15 break
2:15-3:30 samu
3:45-4:15 zazen
4:25-4:55 zazen
5:05-5:25 zazen
5:25-5:35 service
5:35-6:10 dinner
6:10-7:00 break
7:00-7:30 zazen
7:40-8:10 zazen
8:20-8:50 zazen; Four Bodhisattva Vows
9:30 Lights out

Final Day of Sesshin

5:00-5:25 Coffee and tea
5:30-6:10 Gatha of Atonement; zazen
6:20-7:00 zazen
7:10-7:40 zazen; Verse of the Kesa
7:40-8:20 service [and Nenju if sesshin is ending after breakfast]
8:20-9:00 breakfast  (Note: Some sesshin end after breakfast. All participants are expected to help with clean up.)
9:00-10:00 break
10:00-10:30 zazen
10:40-11:40 Dharma Talk
11:40-11:50 kinhin
11:55-12:05 service
12:05-12:45 lunch
12:45-2:15 break
2:15-3:30 samu
3:45-4:15 zazen
4:25-4:55 zazen
4:55-5:00 Nenju
5:00-5:30 Clean up (Note: All participants are expected to help with clean up.)

Oryoki (formal meal) instruction will take place at 4:30 PM of the first day of sesshin. It is mandatory for first-time participants to attend this instruction session.)  If time allows, there will also be some instruction in service formalities.

For those sleeping over, you are advised to bring a sleeping bag, wash cloth, towel, and other personal toiletries as necessary. It is also helpful to have a small flashlight.  If you bring a cell phone to retreat, you will need to restrict calls to break times and set the ringer to silent.

We are sometimes asked whether it is OK to come to just the Dharma talk.  This is fine, but we prefer that those who come for the talk commit to the period of meditation that precedes it.  Therefore, if you want to come mainly for the talk, plan on arriving just before the 10:00 AM period of zazen and staying until about 11:40.  If you cannot commit to the period of zazen before the talk, please arrive promptly at 10:30 AM, so that we can seat you in time for the talk.  We appreciate your cooperation.

Enhanced by Zemanta

Zazenkai Schedule

Our extended zazenkai schedule is generally as follows:

Friday Afternoon

4:30-6:00(?) Oryoki instruction, as needed; service instruction, as needed.

Saturday

5:00-5:25 Coffee and tea
5:30-6:10 Gatha of Atonement/zazen
6:20-7:00 zazen
7:10-7:50 zazen
7:50-8:30 service
8:30-9:00 breakfast
9:00-10:00 break
10:00-10:20 zazen
10:40-11:40 Dharma Talk
11:50-12:10 zazen
12:10-12:20 service
12:20-1:00 lunch
1:00-2:50 break
2:50-3:20 zazen
3:30-4:00 zazen
4:10-4:40 zazen (Note: Some Zazenkai events end after this period.)
[If ending early, 4:40 – 4:50 Nenju]
4:50-5:10 zazen
5:10-5:20 service
5:20-6:00 dinner
6:00-7:00 break
7:00-7:30 zazen
7:40-8:10 zazen
8:20-8:50 zazen
8:50-9:00 Four Bodhisattva Vows

Oryoki (formal meal) instruction is usually scheduled for 4:30 of the Friday afternoon preceding a zazenkai.  It is mandatory that first-time participants attend this instruction session.  If time allows, there will also be some instruction in service formalities.

We are sometimes asked whether it is OK to come to just the Dharma talk.  This is fine, but we prefer that those who come for the talk commit to the period of meditation that precedes it.  In other words, if you want to come mainly for the talk, plan on arriving just before the 10:00 AM period of zazen and staying until 11:40, when the talk ends.  If you cannot commit to the period of zazen before the talk, please arrive promptly at 10:30 AM, so that we can seat you in time for the talk.  We appreciate your cooperation.

Extended Zazenkai Schedule

A Chinese wooden Bodhisattva, Jin Dynasty (111...
Image via Wikipedia

Our extended zazenkai schedule is generally as follows:

Friday Evening

[4:30-6:00(?) Oryoki instruction, as needed; service instruction, as needed.]
8:00-8:30 opening remarks; zazen
8:40-9:10 zazen; Four Bodhisattva Vows
9:30 Lights Out

Saturday

5:00-5:25 Coffee and tea
5:30-6:10 Gatha of Atonement; zazen
6:20-7:00 zazen
7:10-7:40 zazen; Verse of the Kesa
7:40-8:20 service
8:20-9:00 breakfast
9:00-10:00 break
10:00-10:30 zazen
10:40-11:40 Dharma Talk
11:40-11:50 kinhin
11:55-12:05 service
12:05-12:45 lunch
12:45-2:15 break
2:15-3:30 samu
3:45-4:15 zazen
4:25-4:55 zazen
5:05-5:25 zazen
5:25-5:35 service
5:35-6:10 dinner
6:10-7:00 break
7:00-7:30 zazen
7:40-8:10 zazen
8:20-8:50 zazen; Four Bodhisattva Vows
9:30 Lights out

Sunday Morning

5:00-5:25 Coffee and tea
5:30-6:10 Gatha of Atonement; zazen
6:20-7:00 zazen
7:10-7:40 zazen; Verse of the Kesa
7:40-8:20 service
8:20-9:00 informal breakfast

Oryoki (formal meal) instruction will take place at about 4:30 Friday afternoon, so please come early if you have not eaten in oryoki style before or need a refresher.  It is mandatory for first-time participants to attend this instruction session.  If time allows, there will also be some instruction in service formalities.

For those sleeping over either Friday and Saturday nights or both, you are advised to bring a sleeping bag, wash cloth, towel, and other personal toiletries as necessary. It is also helpful to have a small flashlight.  If you bring a cell phone to retreat, you should restrict calls to break times and set the ringer to silent.

We are sometimes asked whether it is OK to come to just the Dharma talk.  This is fine, but we prefer that those who come for the talk commit to the period of meditation that precedes it.  Therefore, if you want to come mainly for the talk, plan on arriving just before the 10:00 AM period of zazen and staying until about 11:40.  If you cannot commit to the period of zazen before the talk, please arrive promptly at 10:30 AM, so that we can seat you in time for the talk.  We appreciate your cooperation.

 

Half-Day Retreat Schedule

Our schedule for half-day retreats is generally as follows:

7:00 – 7:30 zazen
7:40 – 8:10 zazen
8:20 – 8:50 zazen; verse of the kesa
8:50 – 9:15 break
9:15 – 9:35 zazen
9:55 – 10:55 Dharma Talk
11:00 – 11:30 zazen
11:40 – 12:10 zazen
12:10 – 12:20 service

We are sometimes asked whether it is OK to come to just the Dharma talk.  This is fine, but we prefer that those who come for the talk commit to the period of meditation that precedes it.  In other words, if you want to come mainly for the talk, plan on arriving at about 9:00 AM period of zazen and staying until about 11:00, when the talk ends.  If you cannot commit to the period of zazen before the talk, please arrive promptly at 9:45 AM, so that we can seat you in time for the talk.  We appreciate your cooperation.