October Harvest Sesshin
With Ron Hogen Green, Sensei and Vanessa Zuisei Goddard, Sensei
October 22 - 28, 2018
Please 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), silent work practice and talks by the teacher and senior students. Sesshin is an opportunity to receive personal guidance in private interviews with the teacher, draw from the tremendous strength of people practicing together and experience the deep stillness that lies within each one of us.
Because sesshin is a very intensive retreat, those wishing to attend should first complete an Introduction to Zen Training Retreat. Those who have never participated in sesshin before or who are newer to Zen practice should plan on beginning with the Thursday-Sunday portion of the retreat. Most sesshins may be joined in progress as late as Friday evening. First-time sesshin participants should call the Training Office to set up a “sesshin interview” as part of the registration process.
To register for this retreat, please contact the Training Office at (845) 688-2228.
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.
Hogen Sensei has been engaged in formal Zen practice since 1978, and was in residential training at the Monastery for twelve years before returning to lay life in 2007. He shares his time between the Zen Center of NYC and rural Pennsylvania, where he lives with his family. Hogen received dharma transmission from Shugen Roshi in 2016.
Learn more about Ron Hogen Green, Sensei
Vanessa Zuisei Goddard, Sensei was in full-time residential training at the Monastery from 1995 to 2014, fourteen of those years as a monastic. She’s now a lay teacher in the MRO, as well as the Work Supervisor at Zen Mountain Monastery. Additionally, for many years she’s run our popular youth programs, impressing the value of mindfulness, meditation and intention upon countless aspiring bodhisattvas.
Learn more about Vanessa Zuisei Goddard, Sensei