Silver Spring Zendo/One Heart Sangha Sesshin
January 10-13, 2019

Wellspring, the Conference Center--  Germantown, MD

Teachers: Sensei Robert Jin Gen Ertman and other White Plum Asanga teachers

Not one, not two: "May the sound of the bell spread throughout the universe, making darkness bright, relieving the three realms of suffering, shattering swords. May it bring all beings to Enlightenment."


“More precisely, it’s about living a questioning life, a life of unknowing.  If we’re ready to live such a life, without fixed ideas or answers, then we are ready to bear witness to every situation, no matter how difficult, offensive, or painful it is.”  – Bernie Glassman, Bearing Witness


Join us for this time of sitting in appreciation of the fullness of our lives just as they are now. Our time together will consist of blocks of zazen (sitting meditation) and kinhin (walking meditation), dharma talks, and optional interviews, as well as rest practice and meals together.
Throughout the sesshin we will practice supportive silence of attentiveness.

Sesshin details:
Check-in begins at 5:00 PM on Thursday, Jan. 10.  The full sesshin starts at 7:30 PM on Thursday and concludes after lunch (noon Sunday): cost $350-380 (sliding scale). Cost includes room and all meals, including the option of vegetarian fare.   While you are encouraged to be present for the entire sesshin, other options are available:  two nights, $250; one night, $125; and the Saturday all-day sitting (9:30 AM - 5:15 PM), $50.   Please register early by December 31:  there are 18 rooms.  If there are more of us, then some rooms must be shared; the cost to us (and thus to you) is the same but those who register early will get first choice of a private room.

Discounts are available for those who need them. Please request at time of registration. Or please consider paying a little more to help fund the discounts.

Our new location is Wellspring Conference Center, 25 miles northwest of Washington, D.C. and 50 miles from downtown Baltimore. The center is one and one-half miles east of the intersections of Interstate 270 and Maryland Route 118 in Germantown, Maryland. See website above for directions.

To register or for questions, please contact the Registrar, Martine Palmiter at and give her your name, phone, email, emergency contact information, and dates you are arriving and departing. Then, send your nonrefundable $75 deposit by December 31 to: 1) PayPal on the website—or 2) mail a check payable to Silver Spring Zendo. Those who register and pay a deposit by December 31 will have first choice of a private room. Send checks to:  Stephen Bellotti, c/o Silver Spring Zendo, 4305 Dresden Street, Kensington, MD 20895-4102.  Silver Spring Zendo is an affiliate of Zen Peacemakers International. We look forward to celebrating a new year together.