While our Nirvana Sesshin follows our usual sesshin schedule and guidelines, it's an opportunity for open sitting. Bells are rung to indicate the beginning and end of zazen and kinhin, but participants may engage in as many periods per day as they wish, arriving and departing during kinhin or breaks as their lives require. You may devote these two days entirely to sitting intensively as you would at a typical sesshin or sit just a period or two per day. If you're new to intensive sitting, this is a good opportunity to set aside part of a day and give it a try.
No food is served; participants provide for their own meals to be eaten during breaks. There is no registration or fee. Following the sesshin, participants are welcome at the next morning's Nirvana Day ceremony at 10 am between the usual 9:10 zazen and the dharma talk.
During this sesshin we practice in complete silence. The schedule consists of fourteen 50-minute periods of zazen with meal breaks. The sesshin is an opportunity for participants to focus strictly on zazen with minimal distractions. If you wish to participate, we recommend that you read Opening the Hand of Thought by Kosho Uchiyama-roshi in order to understand the significance of the sesshin.
06:00 Breakfast break
Noon Lunch break
06:00 Dinner break
09:00 End of day