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 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 you are attending HPWZ virtually, click here for information about preparing for a virtual extended 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, 6:15 am - 3:30 pm, TBA

Louisville Zen Center's mother temple, Rochester Zen Center (RZC), hosts online extended sittings via Zoom.  In addition to hearing a live teisho or Dharma talk there will also be an opportunity for one-to-one instruction with an RZC senior student.  Contact Trueman at RZC or Jeanette at LZC for Zoom access. Here's the schedule:

6:15 am - Zazen
7:30 am - Breakfast     
8:30 am - Zazen & talk
~10:15 am - Mid-morning tea break     
11:00 am - Zazen & Private Instruction
12:50 pm - Lunch     
1:30 pm - Zazen
3:30 pm - end 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 6:30-7:55 pm.


Rochester Zen Center 7-day Hybrid Sesshin led by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede, July 23-30, 2021

Rochester Zen Center 7-day Hybrid Sesshin led by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede, Sep. 24 - Oct. 1, 2021


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.


Weekend Meditation Intensive led by Sensei John Pulleyn, October 29-31, 2021


This collaborative retreat with Cleveland Zazen Group, Louisville Zen Center, and Rochester Zen Center includes lots of zazen (sitting meditation), daily teisho (Zen commentaries) by John-sensei, chanting, silent meals, and, most importantly, dokusan (one-to-one guidance) from Sensei. The sitting schedule is a little lighter than sesshin making it appropriate for both retreat beginners and seasoned practitioners. As usual LZC sangha will be car-pooling to and from Cleveland and residing in the Zen House or in CZG sangha members' homes unless you make other arrangements. Space is limited.  More information to come.