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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, November 1st: 10am~4pm

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. There will be a recitation of the Five Wonderful Precepts as well as the study of the Characteristics of the Main Bodhisattvas. Weather permitting, there will be 'Trees, Grasses and the Earth' outdoor zazen. Under the beautiful trees of MEZ Jiho-an, sitting like the Buddha, be aware of earth below us, tree canopy and sky above us, all "of one piece". (Hopefully with good weather this month!)

We conclude with tea, cookies and open discussion.

Please 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, +/bkfst/dawn zazen/service: $45, $35 (Friends)

Upcoming Days of Zen

  • Sat., Nov. 1st -- Teacher Rev. Dai-En Bennage

For more information please see Upcoming Events.


2014 Special Events

  • ~ Evening zazen during Enlightenment Sesshin Week ~
    Monday to Friday, December 1st through 5th
    7:30pm to 9:30pm + optional sitting to practice like Buddha.


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

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

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

Tenku has practiced Buddhism in all Asian countries but Laos and Cambodia, as well as Canada, California, and the Pacific Northwest. She has trained in Zen monasteries in both Japan and North America. She received lay ordination in 1999 in south Japan, and was ordained as a priest in 2006 by Tessai Yamamoto Roshi, with whom Dai-En practiced together in Shike` training in Japan. Tenku received dharma transmission and became a lineage holder in the Tessai Yamamoto/Tetsugyu Ban Roshi lineage in 2010.

Born in Northern Florida, Tenku graduated from Davidson College, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in English literature. In addition, she holds a Master of Divinity from Maitripa College, a Tibetan Buddhist graduate school in Portland, Oregon. Tenku currently works as a palliative care chaplain at New York University Medical Center. She has a strong interest in interfaith and inter-Buddhist dialogue.



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

Traditionally one week long of zazen, this is the most inspiring Sesshin of the year.

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.


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