Sesshin Information

GMZC holds sesshin most months of the year. Week-long sesshins are in June and December. Most other months have a weekend sesshin.  See the Calendar for details. Sesshin participants should bring the following:

  • Bedding (sleeping bag or sheets/blanket)
  • Toiletries, towel, and personal items.
  • Sitting clothes (comfortable and preferably dark colored)
  • Outdoor clothes, for work practice.

You should plan to arrive at the Center between 6:00pm and 6:30pm on the first night. Sitting the first night is 7:30pm-8:50pm. Orientation is provided before, during and after sitting on the first night, as required.

A typical daily schedule is as follows (subject to change):

  • 5:00 Wake up
  • 5:30 Zazen/Dokusan
  • 8:00 Breakfast
  • 8:45 Service
  • 9:15 Zazen
  • 10:30  Work Practice
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 2:30 Dharma Discussion
  • 3:30 Zazen
  • 5:00 Dinner
  • 7:00 Zazen/Dokusan
  • 8:50 Four Vows
  • 9:30 Lights Out

Sesshin ends at appr. 11:30am the last day followed by an informal lunch off-site.

All participants will receive instruction on proper procedures and protocols during sesshin. A review of our sesshin guidelines will help you get oriented.