Meditation Intensives

Retreats at Zen Mountain Monastery

January New Year’s Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi & Hojin Sensei

January 20 - 26, 2020
Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of zazen, chanting services, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), […]

February Bodhidharma Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi & Hojin Sensei

February 17 - 23, 2020
Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of zazen, chanting services, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), […]

Ango Opening Weekend Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi & Hojin Sensei

February 28 - March 1, 2020
A weekend sesshin is a great way to experience sesshin for the first time, and also a wonderful opportunity for more experienced practitioners. Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We will wake up before dawn to begin a schedule that includes […]

March Founding Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi, Hojin Sensei & Hogen Sensei

March 23 - 29, 2020
Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of zazen, chanting services, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), […]

April Apple Blossom Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi, Hojin Sensei & Hogen Sensei

April 20 - 26, 2020
Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of zazen, chanting services, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), […]

May Shuso Hossen Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi, Hojin Sensei & Hogen Sensei

May 25 - 31, 2020
Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of zazen, chanting services, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), […]

June Summer Solstice Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi & Hojin Sensei

June 22 - 28, 2020
NOTE: Participants must enter by Thursday evening. Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of zazen, chanting services, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), […]

July Interdependence Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi & Hojin Sensei

July 20 - 26, 2020
Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of zazen, chanting services, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), […]

August Hazy Moon Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi & Hojin Sensei

August 17 - 23, 2020
NOTE: Participants must enter on Monday evening. Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of zazen, chanting services, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), […]

Peaceful Dwelling: Meditation Intensive

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

August 27 - 30, 2020
Our traditional zazen intensives, such as sesshin, are carefully planned and scheduled to help practitioners develop inner and outer meditative strength and stability. Yet, when the schedule and structure falls away—at home, after the intensive is over—you may find it challenging to maintain your clarity of purpose and practice. The Peaceful Dwelling retreat provides a […]

Wild Grasses Sesshin: A Meditation Intensive for Women (Self-Identified)

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

September 10 - 13, 2020
Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of zazen, liturgy, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), work practice and talks by the teacher […]

September Mountains and Rivers Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi, Hojin Sensei & Hogen Sensei

September 21 - 27, 2020
Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of zazen, chanting services, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), […]

October Harvest Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi, Hojin Sensei & Hogen Sensei

October 19 - 25, 2020
NOTE: Participants must enter by Thursday evening. Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of zazen, chanting...

November Shuso Hossen Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi, Hojin Sensei & Hogen Sensei

November 16 - 22, 2020
Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of zazen...

Buddha’s Enlightenment Vigil

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

December 11 - 13, 2020
At Zen Mountain Monastery, we celebrate the Buddha’s enlightenment with a vigil dedicated to the simple yet profound practice of zazen. We’ll begin Friday evening with introductory remarks and a renewal of our bodhisattva vows. Then, we’ll mark the Buddha’s enlightenment by sitting together through the night and day. In the spirit of hermitage practice...

December Rohatsu Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi & Hojin Sensei

December 26 - 31, 2020
ZMM
Traditionally, Rohatsu is the last day of a week-long sesshin celebrating the Buddha's enlightenment. Keeping with ZMM tradition, the last day of this sesshin culminates on December 31st, with Shugen Roshi leading a fusatsu, (renewal of vows ceremony) to help us transition into the New Year. The evening will conclude with a midnight breakfast. In a Rohatsu Sesshin, each evening's meditation period to be longer than the previous evening's. We wake up each day before dawn to begin our schedule and add one period of zazen with each passing day. Characterized by the tremendous strength of people practicing together, this is an opportunity to experience the deep stillness that lies within each one of us. Rohatsu includes liturgy, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), silent work practice, interviews with a teacher and talks by the teacher and senior students. Because this is an intensive retreat, those wishing to attend should first complete a full Sesshin. Participants must join by Saturday, December 28.   Please don’t let financial issues prevent you from attending a program at the Monastery. If you can’t afford the program fee, there are options.