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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
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.


2015 Special 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.

2015 Sesshin Schedule

Generally Friday 7:30pm to Sunday 3pm
Or approved partial attendance.

Nirvana Sesshin, Fri Feb 20th - Sun Feb 22nd 2015


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



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 479 Village Rd. Pennsdale, PA 17756-7873