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Participants in the Long Summer Sesshin of June 2013 with Takamine Doyu Roshi and Tom Wright Sensei


Longer Retreats

*Please register at least one week in advance for retreats by contacting the registrar.

Day of Zen
Saturday, May 3rd

Marilyn Hazelton, teacher of tanka poetry, will be coming in the afternoon in preparation for Buddha's Birthday Bash, Sunday May 4th. Please consider an overnight stay to attend both events at this wonderful time of year. Zazen from 10 am to noon, a brown bag lunch, and poetry workshop from 1:30 to 3:30 pm Saturday.

Suggested donation (Saturday Afternoon Only): $20, $15 (Friends)

Suggested donation with overnight stay: $45, $35 (Friends)

For more information please see Upcoming Events.


Full Day of Zen

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, there is mindful eating and, weather permitting, outdoor walking meditation. We conclude with tea, cookies and open discussion.

Bring a bag lunch for the 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: $45, $35 (Friends)

For more information please see Upcoming Events.


Monthly Sesshin

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.

2014 Sesshin Schedule

No Sesshin Scheduled for January 2014

Nirvana Silent Sesshin
Friday, February 14th: 7:30pm - Sunday, February 16th: 3:00pm

March Sesshin
With Guest Teacher Rev. Jisen Margaret Coghlan
Friday, March 14th: 7:30pm - Sunday, March 16th: 3:00pm

April Sesshin

Friday, April 11th: 7:30pm - Sunday, April 13th: 3:00pm


Suggested Weekend Sesshin donation: $120, $85 (Friend)



Personal Practice at Mount Equity Zendo

MEZ offers three options for experienced practitioners wanting to deepen their understanding of Zen during non-retreat times.  Either option is arranged ahead of time with Abbess Dai-En either by phone or email.

1.  Open-Ended Abiding is an opportunity to practice with the teacher of Mount Equity Zendo in a less formal way.  Activities include morning and evening zazen on most days, sutra service, gyohatsu or oriyoki meals as well as informal meals, and work practice in the morning and afternoon.  Work practice includes gardening, cooking, and cleaning.  There is also personal time during the day.  Staying from two days to two weeks is available from May to October.

Typical  Daily Schedule:

6:00am wake up
6:25  Zazen
7:00  Sutra Service
8:00 Breakfast
9:00  Work Practice
12:00pm Lunch
1:00  Personal Time
3:00  Work Practice
5:30  Dinner
7:00pm Zazen (some evenings personal time)
10:00pm Lights Out


Suggested donation  $25/day, $100/week ($15/day $85/week for MEZ Friends and Students)


What to Bring for Lay Retreats

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.


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 registrar.
Mt. Equity Zendo is located at 280 Mt. Equity Rd. Pennsdale, PA 17756-6564