Sesshin Information

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Sesshins led by
Diane Eshin Rizzetto.

Sesshin is a time for us to take pause from the usual engagements, responsibilities and busyness of our daily lives and to touch and gather heart and mind through extended periods of silent meditation. It is an opportunity for us to reflect more deeply and to renew our capacity to be completely present and awake with ourselves and the world. The days are structured in silence to include sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks, meetings with the teacher, chi gung, eating and rest. Although there will be a schedule, everyone will be encouraged to engage in it according to their personal physical requirements. We offer both residential and non-residential sesshins throughout the year.

Residential Sesshins. These four day sesshins are held at the Ralston White Retreat Center in the heart of the Redwood forest on Mt.Tamalpais in Mill Valley, California. The center offers sleeping arrangements, including comfortable beds and bathrooms for everyone, and vegetarian meals. When weather permits, we include walks through the redwoods and other outdoor meditation activities. To view additional pictures or read more about the location go here.

Non Residential Sesshins. These two day sesshins are held at our dharma center in Oakland. They begin on a Friday evening and end late Sunday afternoon thus offering an opportunity for people to attend without having to take time off from work. People go home to sleep in the evening, but there is limited space for people coming from a distance to sleep at the center.

2018 Sesshins

Sesshins with Bay Zen Center Sesshin Director Email
Jan. 19, 6:00 PM –
Jan. 21, 4/5:00 PM
Non Residential
Patrick Riley pzriley@gmail.com
April 13, 6:00 PM –
April 15, 4/5:00 PM
Non Residential
Patrick Riley pzriley@gmail.com
Aug. 1, 6:00 PM –
Aug. 5, Noon
Residential
Elana Auerbach elanarobyn@gmail.com
Dec. 5, 6:00 PM –
Dec. 9, Noon
Residential
Dan Birnbaum dbirnbaum@fastmail.fm

To register, go to:  Sesshin Application

Call 510-596-3087 or write the center if you want a hardcopy application mailed to you.

Applicants from out of town will receive a letter or email informing them of their acceptance within a few days after their application is received.  All others can assume that they have been accepted unless they don’t hear from us within two days after the deadline date.

Two Day Sesshin Schedule

Friday
5:45pm: Arrive. Orientation
6:30 – 7:05: Zazen and Opening Talk
7:05 – 7:15: Kinhin (Walking Meditation)
7:15 – 7:50: Zazen. End of Day

Saturday
8:00am – 8:35: Zazen
8:35 – 9:10 (9:05): Chi Gung
9:10 – 9:55: Zazen
9:55 – 10:10: Service
10:10 – 10:40: Work Period
10:40 – 11:00: Snack
11:00 – 11:25: Zazen
11:25 – 11:55: Dharma Talk
11:55 – 12:05: Kinhin
12:05 – 12:40: Zazen
12:40 – 2:00: Lunch/ Rest
2:00 – 2:30: Zazen
2:30 – 2:45: Kinhin
2:45 – 4:45: Untimed Sitting (meditate or do walking meditation as you like)
4:45 – 5:15: Chi Gung
5:15 – 6:35: Supper /Rest
6:35 – 7:10: Zazen
7:10 – 7:25: Kinhin
7:25 – 8:00pm Zazen. End of Day

Sunday
8:00am – 8:35: Zazen
8:35 – 9:10 (9:05): Chi Gung
9:10 – 9:55: Zazen
9:55 – 10:10: Service
10:10 – 10:40: Work Period
10:40 – 11:00: Snack
11:00 – 11:25: Zazen
11:25 – 11:55: Dharma Talk
11:55 – 12:05: Kinhin
12:05 – 12:40: Zazen
12:40 – 2:00: Lunch/ Rest
2:00 – 2:30: Zazen
2:30 – 2:45: Kinhin
2:45 – 3:05: Zazen (20 min)
3:05 – 3:25: Tea in Zendo
3:25 – 3:35: Kinhin
3:35 – 4:10: Zazen/Ending