November 30 - December 8, 2018
This sesshin commemorates the enlightenment of Shakyamuni Buddha. Sesshin at Sanshin is an opportunity to practice without distraction. We set aside the usual activities -- or entertainments -- of temple life, like work periods, meetings with teachers and dharma talks, and focus completely on zazen. We practice in complete silence following a 4 am to 9 pm daily schedule that consists simply of fourteen 50-minute periods of zazen with one-hour breaks for meals. This sesshin-without-toys style of practice was created by our dharma grandfather, Kosho Uchiyama Roshi and practiced at Antaji in Kyoto, Japan. We carry on and offer this tradition of our lineage here at Sanshin.
While sesshin at Sanshin is intensive and participants are serious about maintaining silence and focus, it is not harsh or unsympathetic. Practitioners are encouraged to take care of themselves while at the same time fully entering into the challenge and opportunity of the sesshin. It's helpful to have read Uchiyama Roshi's Opening the Hand of Thought for background information about this style of sesshin and to have had some prior experience of intensive practice. Guidelines for sesshin and retreat are available here.
Registration two weeks before the start of the retreat is $345, after 2 weeks is $397. Registration will not be accepted within one week of the start date.
6:00 pm Supper
7:30 pm Orientation
8:00 pm Zazen
8:50 pm End of Day
Dec 1 - 7
03:40 am Wakeup
09:00 End of Day
Dec 7 evening
09:00 Formal silent tea
End of Retreat
After you make your payment you'll be taken automatically to our registration form, which you can complete and submit online.
You may choose to sleep in the zendo, in our dorm or somewhere offsite for which you've made arrangements. There is no charge for sleeping on the zendo floor with your own bedding while you're attending a Sanshin practice event. No need to add anything to your shopping cart; just indicate on your registration form that that's your plan. If you prefer a dorm space, please reserve below.
Please be sure to indicate in your shopping cart the number of nights for which you are reserving a bed; the default is one.
Or, rent a spacious, comfortable room in a Buddhist-friendly home just a few doors down from Sanshin. Choose this room or this one, or get together with friends and rent the house. When reserving, you can mention you're with Sanshin; the homeowner knows us.