​​​​​​​​​​​​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 if the retreat is located there. If attending virtually, click here for how to join us online.

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.


​​​​Extended Sitting, 6:15 am - 3:00 pm, November 13, 2022

Louisville Zen Center's mother temple, Rochester Zen Center (RZC), occasionally hosts hybrid extended sittings. You may join online in RZC's Zoom room or attend in-person at Heart of Perfect Wisdom Zendo. 

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. In addition, Louisville ZC's group leader or another senior student usually offers Private Instruction during Block 3. While it’s all right to come for just part of the day, 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 & teisho
10:30 am - tea break     
11:00 am - Block 3: Zazen & Private Instruction
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 Jeanette (jeanette@rzc.org) for RZC Zoom access, questions about Private Instruction, or to reserve a seat in the zendo at HPWZ.


​​​Rochester Zen Center 7-Day Hybrid Sesshin led by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede, September 24-October 1

​Rochester Zen Center 7-Day Hybrid Sesshin led by Sensei Amala Wrightson, October 29-November 5

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.