Meditation Retreats and Other Extended Sittings


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 if any of the retreat is held at Heart of Perfect Wisdom Zendo (HPWZ), please also observe the guidelines for practicing there.


​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.



​Extended Sitting: Yaza, Tuesday, August 20, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., at HPWZ (optional informal sitting at 6 p.m.)

Yaza is a Japanese word for nighttime sitting.  We'll have our regular sitting then a short tea break before offering optional nighttime sitting that is above and beyond our usual routine.  Those that need to leave at the regular time may do so during the break.  Full schedule will be: 6:30 - 7:55 p.m. – formal sitting, 7:55 - 8:05 p.m. - tea break, 8:05 - 8:30 p.m. - structured yaza.  You may extend your sitting even more by arriving for informal sitting at 6 p.m.  Newcomers, beginners, and experienced meditators are invited.  A $5 donation ($3 for students and seniors) is suggested, but not required.  We gratefully accept cash or checks.  You may also contribute by debit or credit card via Paypal.  No registration required - just come.


Roshi Philip Kapleau Commemorative Non-Residential Zen Retreat, Sep. 8, 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m., at HPWZ (Deadline: Sep. 1, 2019)

This Non-Residential Zen (NRZ) Retreat commemorates the life and teaching of our Dharma grandfather, Roshi Philip Kapleau (1912-2004), founder of Rochester Zen Center.


NRZ Retreats are more rigorous and demanding than zazenkai with nearly eight hours of formal zazen and kinhin daily.  Like zazenkai, each day of this retreat offers an opportunity to deepen meditation practice, engage in noble silence, hear a Zen talk, participate in work practice, and receive individualized guidance and support.  Meals will be provided.  Seating is limited.  Preference is given to those completing the entire retreat.  If attending part-time, we ask that you arrive/depart during breaks or open practice.  A $30 donation ($20 for students, seniors, and members) is suggested, but no one is turned away for lack of payment.  We gratefully accept cash or checks.  You may also contribute by debit or credit card via Paypal.  Click here for the retreat schedule.  Click here to register.