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Mt. Equity Zendo relies on your generosity to make these retreats possible.  Please consider making a tax-deductible donation, as your means allow, for the event you wish to attend:


Cancellation Policy

As a courtesy, those with cold symptoms are asked to consider coming to a later event.  If you need to cancel less than three days before the start of an event, please consider making a donation of $20 to help offset the cost of preparation and food expenses.

Mt. Equity Zendo reserves the right to re-direct one whose requirements are more than the community can fulfill.

"Buddha's Birthday Bash"
Sunday, May 4th 2014

Special/Upcoming Events

*Please register at least one week in advance for retreats by contacting the registrar.  The exception to this is Tuesday and Thursday Zen Meditation.

Each Week

Tuesday Evening Zen Mediation

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (Plan to be seated 5 minutes before 7pm.)

20 min. zazen (sitting meditation), 7 min. kinhin (walking meditation), 20 min. zazen. Shared reading, discussion, closing with Four Vows.

Suggested donation: $8, $3 (students/fixed income)
(MEZ Friends FREE)

*Every 5th Tuesday: Intro to Zen w/ Rev. Dai-En (by appt)

Thursday Evening Zen Meditation

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (Plan to be seated 5 minutes before 7pm.)

Evening Sutra service, 25 min. zazen, 7 min. kinhin (walking meditation), 30 min. zazen. Shared reading, discussion, Four Vows.

Suggested donation: $8, $3 (students/fixed income)
(MEZ Friends Free)

*Every 5th Thursday: Intro to Zen w/ Rev. Dai-En (by appt)

Special Note: Word has come that Takamine' Doyu Roshi would like to come and teach again in June, bringing with him his wife Hideko-san.

Upcoming 2014 Events

  • Saturday, Nov. 1st ~ Day of Zen
    10am to 4pm. Followed by Discussion Circle w/ tea. Teacher Rev. Dai-En Bennage.
  • Monday Dec. 1st--Friday Dec. 5th ~ Rohatsu Evening Zazen
    7:30pm to 9:30pm. Evening zazen of Enlightenment Sesshin Week with optional sitting to practice like Buddha.

2014 Sesshin Dates

Gratitude Silent Sesshin, Fri Nov 14th - Sun Nov 16th

We enter the 'privileged environment', focusing inward and thus supporting others to do the same, leading to the ease of suffering.

Rohatsu Enlightenment Sesshin, Fri Dec 5th - Sun Dec 7th

Dharma Talk by Guest Teacher Rev. Tenku Gail Ruff

Learn more about Rev. Tenku Ruff in our Longer Retreats section.

Note: Evening zazen will be held the week prior to Enlightenment Sesshin, 7:30-9:30pm with additional optional sitting to practice like Buddha.

New Year's Crossover, Tue Dec 31st - Wed Jan 1st 2015

New Year's Eve: 8pm to 12:30am - Zazen, Burning Our Regrets, Bowing out 108 Rings of the Bell, Yogi Tea.

New Year's Day: 8am-11am New Year Chant, Asking Teacher Formal Question, Brunch.

For further information on attending Sesshin see Longer Retreats.

Special Ceremonies

Weddings, baby blessings, funerals, and memorial ceremonies are  also officiated at Mount Equity Zendo.

Wedding ceremony of Missy  and Rich Reilly.

Mt. Equity Zendo offers Zen Meditation and the seamless practice of mindfulness.

For information on Mt. Equity's programs call 570-546-2784 or e-mail the registrar.
Mt. Equity Zendo is located at 479 Village Rd. Pennsdale, PA 17756-7873