​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Meditation Retreats and Other Extended Sittings 

Louisville Zen Center offers Zen retreats and other extended sittings conducted in silence with eyes lowered as aids to concentration. Those who have completed the Introduction to Zen Meditation or equivalent may attend. Participants are asked to follow our forms and customs as well as Heart of Perfect Wisdom Zendo (HPWZ) guidelines and COVID protocols if that is the retreat venue. If attending virtually, click here for how to join us online.

You may also participate in sesshin (intensive Zen meditation retreats) and other events led by our guiding teachers and/or their senior students in-person or virtually via Rochester Zen Center.

Zazenkai: Extended Sitting

March 12, 2023 at Heart of Perfect Wisdom Zendo (HPWZ) ​​​​​

Louisville Zen Center's mother temple, Rochester Zen Center (RZC), occasionally leads hybrid zazenkai (extended sittings). You may join online in RZC's Zoom room or attend in-person at Heart of Perfect Wisdom Zendo. Prior sitting experience is required for in-person participation.

One-day sittings offer the opportunity for seasoned meditators to refresh and deepen their practice, and for beginners and newcomers, a chance to experience our extended sitting schedule for the first time. In addition, Louisville ZC's group leader and/or a Rochester ZC senior student will offer individual guidance through Private Instruction during the day. While it’s all right to come part-time, we ask that participants commit to staying for all of the two or three rounds of sitting in any block. 

  • 6:15 am - Block 1: Zazen
  • 7:30 am - Breakfast: provided for in-person participants
  • 8:30 am - Block 2: Zazen
  • 10:30 am - Tea break     
  • 11:00 am - Block 3: Zazen & Private Instruction offered by Jissai
  • 12:45 pm - Lunch: bring your own; water and tea provided
  • 1:30 pm - Block 4: Zazen
  • 3:00 pm - end with The Four Vows

Contact Jissai (jissaip@rzc.org) for RZC Zoom access, questions about Private Instruction, or to reserve a seat at HPWZ. You may extend this schedule even more by attending Louisville Zen Center's regular Sunday evening sitting on Zoom.


February 21-25, 2023, Rochester Zen Center 4-Day Hybrid Sesshin led by Sensei Donna Kowal

​​March 25-April 1, 2023, Rochester Zen Center 7-Day Hybrid Sesshin led by Sensei John Pulleyn 

​​May 5-7, 2023, Rochester Zen Center 2-Day Hybrid Sesshin led by Ven. Jissai Prince-Cherry

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. 

You may attend in-person at Rochester Zen Center or online via RZC Zoom. Part-timers are welcome online, 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 $15-$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 membershipCost guidelines may be different for Rochester Zen Center retreats.