One Day Zen Meditation Retreat in Evanston

Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 12:30pm to 10:30pm

Please join us for our monthly 1 day Zen meditation retreat.  Please note that beginning in July we will be starting our monthly Saturday retreats at 12:30PM.

  • 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm -- Zendo setup
  • 12:30 pm - 1:10 pm -- zazen
  • 1:10 pm - 1:20 pm -- kinhin (walking meditation)
  • 1:20 pm - 2:00 pm -- zazen
  • 2:00 pm - 2:10 pm -- kinhin
  • 2:10 pm - 2:50 pm -- zazen
  • 2:50 pm - 3:00 pm -- chant
  • 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm -- samu (mindful work)
  • 4:00 pm - 4:40 pm -- zazen
  • 4:40 pm - 4:50 pm -- kinhin
  • 4:50 pm - 5:30 pm -- zazen
  • 5:30 pm - 5:40 pm -- kinhin
  • 5:40 pm - 6:20 pm -- zazen
  • 6:20 pm - 6:30 pm -- chant
  • 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm -- dinner
  • 8:00 pm - 8:40 pm -- zazen
  • 8:40 pm - 8:50 pm -- kinhin
  • 8:50 pm - 9:30 pm -- zazen
  • 9:30 pm - 9:40 pm -- kinhin
  • 9:40 pm - 10:20 pm -- zazen
  • 10:20 pm - 10:30 pm -- closing ceremony

Suggested donation $50.00

What is sesshin?

Sesshin is a vital part of a Zen Buddhist's spiritual training. It affords the opportunity for intensive zazen, thus deepening and strengthening one's meditation practice. Everyone is welcome to attend and we encourage your participation regardless of your level of experience in practicing zazen. Although we strongly encourage everyone to attend the entire sesshin, please join us to the fullest extent that your schedule allows.  Please bring sleeping bag / bedroll.

We suggest a donation of $100 for people attending the full sesshin. If you can only attend a portion, then prorate accordingly.

Sesshin Schedule

The standard schedule for a four-day sesshin is as follows:

Thursday Evening

  • 7:00 pm - 7:40 pm -- zazen
  • 7:40 pm - 7:50 pm -- kinhin
  • 7:50 pm - 8:30 pm -- zazen
  • 8:30 pm - 8:40 pm -- kinhin
  • 8:40 pm - 9:20 pm -- zazen

Friday and Saturday

  • 6:00 am - 6:40 pm -- zazen
  • 6:40 am - 6:50 am --  kinhin
  • 6:50 am - 7:30 am --  zazen
  • 7:30 am - 7:40 am --  kinhin
  • 7:40 am - 8:20 am -- zazen
  • 8:20 am chanting
  • 8:30 am - 10:00 am -- breakfast
  • 10:00 am - 10:40 am -- zazen
  • 10:40 am - 10:50 am -- kinhin
  • 10:50 am - 11:30 am -- zazen
  • 11:30 am - 11:40 am -- kinhin
  • 11:40 am - 12:20 pm -- zazen
  • 12:20 pm chanting
  • 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm -- lunch and mindful work
  • 2:30 pm - 3:10 pm -- zazen
  • 3:10 pm - 3:20 pm -- kinhin
  • 3:20 pm - 4:00 pm -- zazen
  • 4:00 pm - 4:10 pm -- kinhin
  • 4:10 pm - 4:50 pm -- zazen
  • 4:50 pm - chanting
  • 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm -- dinner and rest
  • 7:00 pm - 7:40 pm -- zazen
  • 7:40 pm - 7:50 pm -- kinhin
  • 7:50 pm - 8:30 pm -- zazen
  • 8:30 pm - 8:40 pm -- kinhin
  • 8:40 pm - 9:20 pm -- zazen
  • 9:20 pm - closing

Sunday

  • 6:00 am - 6:40 pm -- zazen
  • 6:40 am - 6:50 am --  kinhin
  • 6:50 am - 7:30 am --  zazen
  • 7:30 am - 7:40 am --  kinhin
  • 7:40 am - 8:20 am -- zazen
  • 8:20 am chanting
  • 8:30 am - 10:00 am -- breakfast
  • 10:00 am - 10:40 am -- zazen
  • 10:40 am - 10:50 am -- kinhin
  • 10:50 am - 11:30 am -- zazen
  • 11:30 am -- closing