Louisville Zen Center offers Zen retreats and other extended sittings conducted in silence with eyes lowered as aids to concentration. You may also participate in sesshin (residential Zen meditation retreats) and other intensive meditation events led by our guiding teachers and/or their senior students in-person or virtually at Rochester Zen Center.
Those who have completed the Introduction to Zen Meditation or equivalent may attend. Participants are simply asked to follow our forms and customs, as well as Heart of Perfect Wisdom Zendo (HPWZ) guidelines if the retreat is located there. If attending virtually, click here for how to prepare for a virtual sit.
Louisville Zen Center's mother temple, Rochester Zen Center (RZC), occasionally hosts hybrid extended sittings. Daily sittings are great, but an extended sitting is a chance to wade further into the waters of zazen. You’ll get a break from stress, a taste of a sesshin day, and maybe even a new perspective on your Zen practice, mind, and life. While it’s all right to come for just part of the day, we do ask that sitters commit to staying for all of the two or three rounds of sitting in any block. Below is the extended sitting schedule.
Louisville ZC's group leader or another senior student usually offers Private Instruction during the 11-12:45 block. For Zoom access or for questions about how to participate in Private Instruction, email Jeanette (email@example.com).
6:15 am - Zazen
7:30 am - Breakfast
8:30 am - Zazen & teisho
~10:30 am - tea break
11:00 am - Zazen & Private Instruction
12:45 pm - Lunch
1:30 pm - Zazen
3:00 pm - Extended Sitting ends with the Four Vows
You can extend this schedule to be the equivalent of a 1-day sesshin by also attending Louisville Zen Center's regular Sunday evening sitting 6:30-8:00 pm.
Sesshins (Zen meditation retreats held in silence and seclusion) are offered about once a month at Louisville Zen Center's mother temple, Rochester Zen Center. They 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. One-to-one instruction is offered 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 (in-person or virtually) before applying.
Part-timers are welcome, but if you want one-to-one instruction you must attend at least two of the four blocks of sitting including one in which instruction is offered. Here is the daily schedule. Here's how to set up for online sesshin and here is the application and fee information.
Louisville Zen Center operates as much as possible on dana (or giving). Your generosity makes events like these possible. We suggest non-members give $10-$20 per day via the Paypal button when attending a retreat led by Louisville Zen Center, but any contribution, large or small, is much appreciated. Limited scholarships are available for fee-based retreats. Still no one is EVER turned away for lack of payment. To make an ongoing commitment while supporting the mission of the Center, please consider membership. Giving guidelines may be different for Rochester Zen Center retreats.
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