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 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.



Rochester Zen Center Online Extended Sitting, Sunday, August 16, 6:15 am - 3:30 pm


Louisville Zen Center's mother temple, Rochester Zen Center (RZC), will be hosting an extended sitting via Zoom.  There will be a Dharma talk or teisho plus two opportunities for private instruction with an RZC senior student.  Louisville Zen Center (LZC) sangha and others are invited to attend.  Contact Trueman at RZC or Jeanette at LZC for Zoom access information. 


There is no fee for extended sittings, but please consider RZC has lost their in-person retreats revenue, and have expanded their on-line offerings.  Giving to RZC would be most gratefully appreciated, but isn't required to participate. 


Here's the extended sitting schedule:

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

Rochester Zen Center Online 2-Day Sesshin, September 11-13


This sesshin will be led by Venerable Trueman Taylor, Rochester Zen Center's Head of Zendo.  Trueman was Louisville Zen Center's guest Zen teacher in July.


About Trueman:  Like so many practitioners, Venerable Trueman Taylor discovered Zen Buddhism through The Three Pillars of Zen by Roshi Philip Kapleau. After completing his university studies in Canada in 1997, he moved to Rochester, New York, for full-time residential training at the Rochester Zen Center. 

A student of Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede, Roshi Kapleau's Dharma successor, Trueman was ordained a Zen Buddhist priest in August 2008. 

Currently, he devotes most of his time overseeing training at Rochester Zen Center (under Roshi's guidance), participating and monitoring sesshin (intensive Zen meditation retreats), attending to the day-to-day activities of the Center, and when he can, watching movies.


Click here for information about the sesshin and here to apply. You may also attend sesshin sittings without applying, but won't have access to private instruction with Trueman. Just come and go as your schedule allows. This is a great opportunity to "try out" sesshin without biting off more than you can chew. Contact Trueman at RZC or Jeanette at LZC for Zoom access.


Online Weekend Meditation Intensive, September 25-27


This is our annual collaborative retreat with Cleveland Zazen Group and Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede, Abbot of the Rochester Zen Center. This time it'll be online.  The weekend schedule includes zazen, live teishos (Zen commentaries), and most importantly, dokusan (one-to-one private meetings) with Roshi.  More information to come...