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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, September 13th

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. Also, weather permitting, outdoor walking meditation, and the new practice Rev. Chozen Bays calls, "Grasses, Trees and the Earth". 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".

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: $45, $35 (Friends)

Upcoming Days of Zen:
  • Sat., Sept. 13th -- Teacher Rev. Dai-En Bennage
  • Sat., Oct. 4th -- Teacher TBA
  • Sat., Nov. 1st -- Teacher TBA

For more information please see Upcoming Events.

2014 Special Events

  • ~ Women's Retreat ~
    "Prajnaparamita: Mother of All Buddhas"
    Saturday, September 27th to Sunday, September 28th
    1pm Sa. to 11am Su.
    Bring sleeping bag.
  • ~ Soto Zen Orientation ~
    Tuesday, September 30th
    7pm to 9pm
  • ~ Evening zazen during Enlightenment Sesshin Week ~
    Monday to Friday, December 1st through 5th
    7:30pm to 9:30pm + optional sitting

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

Flaming Foliage Sesshin, Fri Oct 17th - Sun Oct 19th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To include Burning Regrets, 108 Bells, and, in the morning, Shosan (questioning the teacher) and brunch. End time 11am.

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