Meditation Retreats and Other Extended Sittings  Now Virtual!


Louisville Zen Center offers Zen meditation retreats and other extended sittings of various lengths conducted in silence with eyes lowered as aids to concentration. Sangha may also participate in sesshin (residential Zen meditation retreats) and other intensive meditation events led by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede and/or his senior students.

Retreat is a cooperative endeavor by a number of people working shoulder-to-shoulder for prolonged periods.  With this sustained effort and support, retreats can heal, strengthen, and unify the mind, body, and emotions to a much greater degree than daily individual or group sitting. Those who have completed the Introduction to Zen Meditation or equivalent are welcome to attend. Participants are simply asked to follow LZC forms and customs and Heart of Perfect Wisdom Zendo (HPWZ) guidelinesIf the retreat is virtual, click here for information about preparing for a virtual sit.


​Louisville Zen Center operates as much as possible on dana (or giving).  Your generosity makes events like these possible  Limited scholarships are available for fee-based retreats.



Spring Virtual Zen Retreat, May 24, 9:30 am - 6:30 pm (Deadline: May 21)


This daylong, virtual meditation intensive will include a Zen talk, work period, group instruction, stretching/bodywork period, formal lunch, and plenty of zazen with kinhin.   


There is no fee for this retreat, but please consider Louisville Zen Center has lost our in-person sittings and retreats revenue, and we've expanded our on-line offerings.  $5 -10 donation would be most gratefully appreciated, but isn't required to participate.  Contact the Center to sign up.  Below is the retreat schedule; zazen is 25 minutes, kinhin is 5 minutes.  Retreat details here:


9:00 – 9:30 am – Zoom arrival & informal sitting
9:30 – 11:00 am – zazen, kinhin, zazen & Zen talk, kinhin, zazen
11:00 – 11:50 am – work period
11:50 am – 1:20 pm – zazen, kinhin, zazen & group instruction, kinhin, zazen
1:20 – 2:10 pm – lunch & break
2:10 – 3:40 pm – zazen, kinhin, zazen, kinhin, zazen
3:40 – 4:30 pm – guided stretching period
4:30 – 6:00 pm – zazen, kinhin, zazen & group instruction, kinhin, zazen
6:00 - 6:30 pm – final tea


180-day Ango, December 6, 2019 - June 3, 2020, at Heart of Perfect Wisdom Zendo


Ango—“peaceful dwelling”—is a traditional intensive training period common to many schools of Buddhism.  In Japanese Zen monasteries and centers, ango is typically held once or twice a year.  The practice during each 3-month ango period consists primarily of meditation (zazen), study, and work (samu).  At Heart of Perfect Wisdom Zendo, the Winter ango that began December 2019 was scheduled to end March 2020.  But because of COVID-19 "stay at home" restrictions, a consecutive ango is being held.