Retreats

At ZMM and ZCNYC

  • $300.00 – Program Price: Monday Arrival
  • $245.00 – *Practicing Member: Monday Arrival
  • $200.00 – **MRO Student: Monday Arrival

Date & Time Details: Monday, August 19th - Sunday August 25th, 2024

Location: Zen Mountain Monastery

Address: Mount Tremper, NY

Contact: ZMM Registrar
registrar@dharma.net
(845) 688-2228

Note: If this would be your first sesshin at ZMM, please call the Training Office at 845-688-2228 to arrange for an interview before registering.

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Hazy Moon Sesshin

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi and Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

August 19 - 25, 2024

Because there are a limited number of spots, and to ensure equitable access to sesshin, please sign up for only 1 or 2 sesshins per quarter.

If registration is full, please Join the Registration Pool

Full week participation is required for this retreat.

Because sesshin is a very intensive retreat, if you have not attended sesshin at Zen Mountain Monastery you must have a pre-sesshin interview before you register.  Please call or email the Training Office to schedule this:  (845) 688-2228, or registrar@dharma.net.

Please note: This sesshin is designed to allow participants to explore both formal periods of zazen in the zendo, as well as self-directed sitting practice within the sesshin cloister. There will be periods of time when participants may choose to sit outside or in locations other than the zendo, together with others or in solitude. There will be several formal talks and opportunities for face-to-face teaching during the sesshin. In these ways, participants will experience the strength and support of more structured practice, together with less formal, yet equally powerful, self-guided practice.

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.

As with all in-person retreats at the Monastery, participants are required to follow the current protocol for keeping everyone safe (this link is updated frequently so check back). Review the current protocol requirements before registering, and if you have further questions, please contact the registrar.

Please review our Coming to a Retreat webpage for more information and FAQ.

Public transportation is available to the Monastery. See these travel instructions for details. 

Financial concerns should not prevent you from attending a program at the Monastery. If you can’t afford the program fee, you can see these options.

Teachers

Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi
Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi is the Head of the Mountains and Rivers Order and Abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery. Shugen entered full-time residential training in 1986 after studying mathematics and receiving a degree in classical music. He received dharma transmission from John Daido Loori, Roshi in 1997. His teachings on Zen, social justice and environmental stewardship have appeared in various Buddhist journals, and The Best Buddhist Writing 2009 (Shambhala Publications). His book of poetry, O, Beautiful End, a collection of Zen memorial poems, was published in 2012.
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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei
Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei received the priestly transmission (the transmission of the Precepts) from Daido Roshi, who began the process in 2009, and from Shugen Roshi, who completed the transmission in 2012. In 2017, she received full dharma transmission from Shugen Roshi. She serves as the Training Director for the Mountains and Rivers Order and Abbot of the Zen Center of NYC-Fire Lotus Temple . Hojin Sensei began her artistic career early and has taught drawing, ceramics, and painting, opening people up to the wonders and mysteries of the creative process and continues to offer Art Practices as part of her teaching. She has been in full-time residential training at the Monastery since 1990 and now shares her time at the Brooklyn temple.
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