4 Day End of Year Meditation Retreat in Schaumburg, IL

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 7:00pm to Sunday, December 30, 2018 - 12:00pm

Please join us for an end of year Zen sesshin in Schaumburg, IL.  Sesshin is an excellent opportunity to extend your Zen practice.  At this time of the year it is also a beneficial way to see the old year out and the New Year in.  

Meals and a sleeping space are provided - please bring a sleeping bag/bed roll.  A donation of $100 is suggested for the entire retreat [pro rated].

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