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 Heart of Perfect Wisdom Zendo (HPWZ) guidelines.

​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.

3-Month Winter Retreat, December 6, 2019 - March 28, 2020 at HPWZ

​Weekly sittings as well as group instruction, advising, and Zen talks will continue as usual during this 3-month period of intensified practice at HPWZ. 

7-day Dokusesshin, March 21-28, 2020 at HPWZ

The 3-Month Winter Retreat will end with a dokusesshin at HPWZ.  "Dokusesshin" is a solitary retreat lasting from a few days to a few months.  There is no contact between the retreatant and the rest of the community except for occasional dokusan (private interview) or other mentoring with a teacher.  Together teacher/mentor and student determine a schedule for sitting and other activities during the retreat.