I am just about to head off to sesshin for the next week and will be totally off-grid for the duration.
This will be my third consecutive year of attending a sesshin retreat.
I will, as they say, see you on the other side…..
“To preserve the silence within–amid all the noise. To remain open and quiet, a moist humus in the fertile darkness where the rain falls and the grain ripens–no matter how many tramp across the parade ground in whirling dust under an arid sky.” ― Dag Hammarskjöld, Markings
Oh, just in case you are wondering, this is what each days schedule looks like:
- Zazen is zen meditation.
- Dokusan (going alone to the teacher) is a one-on-one meeting with the zen teacher.
- Work period (samu): each participant is given a work task such as cleaning the bathrooms, or helping to prepare meals.
- Teisho is a talk given by the teacher.
|5.10 – 5.30||Stretching and exercise|
|5.30 – 7.00||Zazen|
|7.00 – 7.30||Breakfast|
|7.30 – 9.00||Work period/Break|
|9.00 – 10.30||Zazen, dokusan|
|10.30 – 11.00||Stretching, guided relaxation|
|11.00 – 11.30||Zazen|
|11.30 – 12.00||Lunch|
|12.00 – 1.30||Work period/Break|
|1.30 – 2.00||Zazen|
|2.00 – 2.45||Teisho|
|2.45 – 4.30||Open practice|
|4.30 – 5.00||Zazen|
|5.00 – 5.30||Dinner|
|5.30 – 7.00||Work period/break|
|7.00 – 9.00||Zazen, dokusan|