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 at Rochester Zen Center.

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 etended sits.

​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.


Rochester Zen Center Online Extended Sitting, 6:15 am - 3:30 pm, June 20

Louisville Zen Center's mother temple, Rochester Zen Center (RZC), hosts online extended sittings via Zoom.  In addition to hearing a live teisho or Dharma talk there will also be an opportunity for private instruction with an RZC senior student.  Contact Trueman at RZC or Jeanette at LZC for Zoom access. Here's the schedule:

6:15 am - Zazen
7:30 am - Breakfast     
8:30 am - Zazen & talk
~10:15 am - Mid-morning tea break     
11:00 am - Zazen & Private Instruction
12:50 pm - Lunch     
1:30 pm - Zazen
3:30 pm - end with the Four Vows

You can extend your schedule to be the equivalent of a 1-day sesshin by also attending Louisville Zen Center's regular Sunday evening sitting 6:30-7:55 pm.

Rochester Zen Center Online 5-Day Sesshin led by Sensei Amala Wrightson, June 4-9, 2021

Rochester Zen Center 7-day Hybrid Sesshin led by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede, July 23-30, 2021

Sesshins (Zen meditation retreats held in silence and seclusion), are offered about once a month at Rochester Zen Center, and vary in length from two to seven days. About ten hours of formal zazen is done each day, and more hours of informal zazen are encouraged. Private instruction is offered two or three times daily. As sesshins are rigorous, demanding a great deal of the sitter, it is advisable to be sitting regularly at home (and with a group if possible) before applying. 

Part-timers are welcome, but if you want dokusan (private instruction) you must attend at least two of the four blocks of sitting including one in which dokusan is offered.  Click here for the schedule and other information. Here is how to set up for online sesshin and here is the application and fee information.