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SESSHIN: Heart Sutra for Bodhisattvas


Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe NM

Instructor(s): Sensei Kaz Tanahashi, Sensei Shinzan Palma

Sesshin literally means ‘gathering the heart/mind’. A sesshin is an intensive multi-day Zen meditation retreat with a consistent schedule that creates a deep, quiet container for practice. Each day consists of sitting (zazen) and walking (kinhin) meditation, service and chanting (liturgy), formal meals in the zendo (oryoki*), personal interviews with the teachers, work practice (samu) and physical practice. We observe Noble Silence throughout and support each other in quiet, whole-hearted practice. It is recommended, although certainly not mandatory, that you participate in at least one day-long retreat (Zazenkai or Bodhidharma) before you sit sesshin to prepare you for this very deep and intimate practice.

*Special note about oryoki — in this tradition, all meals are vegan and gluten-free. We are unable to accommodate further dietary sensitivities. If your dietary sensitivities are outside of  vegan and gluten-free, we suggest you consider another retreat option.

Click here to complete an on-line Sesshin questionnaire.  Additionally, click here for a downloadable PDF of Guidelines of Conduct for a Practice Period/Sesshin.  At the end of the Sesshin questionnaire, you will be asked to affirm that you have read the Guidelines. Thank you.

Maximum Participants: 50
Tuition (Members): $390.00
Tuition (Non-Members): $430.00
More details: Includes dormitory lodging (upgrade available). Dana to teachers and residents. 

Lodging: Dormitory lodging (or an RV space) is INCLUDED in your tuition fee. If you want to upgrade your lodging, the following options are available (space permitting):

Upgrade to double $25 per night

Click here for for additional information about lodging at Upaya.

For information: www.upaya.org. Email: upaya@upaya.org. (505) 986-8518

Earlier Event: February 8
Five Hundred Years of Haiku
Later Event: July 12
July Zen Circle