*Please register at least one week in advance for retreats by contacting the registrar.
Day of Zen
Sun., Feb 1st: 10am~3pm
We deepen the qualities of calmness and clarity to live with greater awareness and in better balance with family and work. In addition
to seated and walking meditation, we practice mindful eating. We conclude
with tea, cookies and open discussion.
Note: February's Day of Zen will be led by NiOsho & Rev. Tokushin.
Please bring a bag lunch for mindful eating.
For those coming from a distance there is the possibility of
arriving Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. and staying overnight;
however, prior retreat experience at MEZ is necessary.
Suggested donation: $25, $20 (Friends)
Suggested donation with overnight stay, +/bkfst/dawn zazen/service: $45, $35 (Friends)
For more information please see Upcoming Events.
Sesshin deepens our Zen Meditation more than any other
form of retreat. The word “Sesshin” literally means
“touching the heart/mind.” To make profound changes
in our mind and in our everyday world, Sesshin is essential.
Practicing together with a teacher and community brings equanimity
to our life.
Prior experience with other retreats at MEZ is necessary before
doing a full Sesshin, though with prior approval there is the
possibility of doing a partial Sesshin.
Sesshin is usually the third weekend of each month, Friday 7:00
p.m. – Sunday 3:00 p.m., but please note certain exceptions,
such as the Long Summer Sesshin and the Year-End Sesshin.
2015 Sesshin Schedule
Generally Friday 7:30pm to Sunday 3pm
Or approved partial attendance.
Nirvana Sesshin, Fri Feb 20th - Sun Feb 22nd 2015
Please bring toiletries, comfortable clothes in subdued colors (no
shorts, tank tops or tights), rain gear, work clothes, and your own
sheets or sleeping bag. No fragrances, accessories, or pets. Clothing
should have a quiet dignity suited to visiting a sanctuary. Leave
behind all electronics, including cell phones, during your
retreat. During long-term practice, there is an alotted time for
the use of electronic devices.