A sesshin is a Zen retreat,usually from 3-7 days in length. They allow us a time of extended inner silence. Sesshins (and even one-day Zazenkai retreats) offer a time of concentrated practice, and deep settling of the mind, body and heart. During a longer residential sesshin, practitioners meditate, observe noble silence, eat, chant, and follow a schedule of practice from morning to evening. The word sesshin in Japanese means, “gathering or touching/receiving the heart/mind.” It is a time to put everything aside, to forget everything and to focus on our attention on what’s happening right in the moment. We have a chance to take the “backward step” and to focus the light of practice inward, as Buddha taught, over and over throughout the day and night.
We offer residential retreats several times a year.
There’s no talking or eye contact. Attention is turned inward, away from the world’s distractions. After a long period of practice, our bodies and mind “drop away. After long practice, when the mind’s tireless commentary finally wears itself out, a different kind of consciousness is possible.