Louisville Zen Center
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.
3-Month Winter Retreat, December 6, 2019 - March 6, 2020, at HPWZ
Regular weekly sittings on Sundays at Unity of Louisville and Tuesdays and Thursdays at Heart of Perfect Wisdom Zendo as well as group instruction, advising, and Zen talks will continue as usual during this 3-month period of intensified practice.
Community Retreat Week, December 15 - 21, at HPWZ
Each month of the winter retreat will have a week when sangha may drop in for any or all the daily sittings. Between periods of meditation the HPWZ resident will work, study, or rest. Non-residents may do the same. Silence is preferred, but functional speech is ok, too. Tea and fruit will be available in the kitchen. Please bring your own meals. There is no fee but donations are gratefully accepted; your generosity makes intensified practice opportunities accessible to yourself and others in our community. Just be sure to arrive in time to put away your meal(s), set up a seat in the zendo before meditation begins, and stay for the entire zazen period. All sittings to be held at HPWZ unless otherwise indicated. Below is the sitting schedule (subject to change). Click here for the detailed daily schedule: