What is Zazenkai/Sesshin

At Upaya, Santa Fe, NM

Sesshin is a period of time, usually ranging from 2 – 7 days, in which silence is maintained and the focus is on zazen. Sesshin is a cornerstone of Zen practice for which there is no substitute—it is essential for any practitioner who hopes to gain insight into their true nature.

Sesshin, while commonly understood as a Zen retreat, literally means to unite the mind. It is an opportunity to gather together one’s energy and concentrate it in order to clarify the great matter that is our life. We do sesshin as a group as the support that each person gives to the others is vital for a strong sesshin.” (Stolen directly from Upaya’s website)

Zazenkai is generally understood to mean a shorter session.

We encourage all sangha members, especially those preparing for Jukai or Tokudo, to attend the zenkai.

Zazenkai Saturday 8/27-Sunday 8/28Schedule

Saturday 8/27/22

         6:30-7:00            Zazen

         7:00-7:10            Kinhin

         7:10-7:40            Zazen

         7:40-8:10            Council: Taking Refuge

                                    What is the personal meaning

         8:10                    Heart Sutra

         8:20                    Breakfast

         9:00-9:30            Zazen

         9:30-9:40            Kinhin

         9:40-10:40          Samu

         10:40-10:50        Kinhin

         10:50-11:20        Council: 3 Pure Precepts

                                    What is the personal meaning

         11:20-11:50        Zazen

         11:50                  Identity of Relative and Absolute

         12:00                  Lunch

         1:00-1:30            Zazen

         1:30-1:40            Kinhin

         1:40-2:10            Zazen

         2:10-2:20            Kinhin

         2:20-2:50            Council: Bowing, ritual

                                   What is the personal meaning

         2:50                    Shin Shin Ming

         3:00                    Break

         4:00-4:30            Zazen

         4:30-4:40            Kinhin

         4:40-5:10            Zazen

         5:10-5:20            Kinhin

         5:20-5:50            Council: 10 Grave Precepts

                                    What is the personal meaning

         5:50                    4 Bodhisattva Vows

Sunday 8/28/22

         6:30-7:00            Zazen

         7:00-7:10            Kinhin

         7:10-7:40            Zazen

         7:40-8:10            Council: Feminine Buddha

                                    What is the personal meaning

         8:10                    Heart Sutra

                                    Green Tara Sadhana

         8:30                    Breakfast

         9:10-9:40            Zazen

         9:40-9:50            Kinhin

         9:50-10:40          Samu

         10:40-10:50        Kinhin

         10:50-11:20        Council: Masculine Buddha

                                    What is the personal meaning

         11:20-11:50        Zazen

         11:50                  Identity of Relative and Absolute

                                    Vajrakilaya Sadhana

         12:00                  Lunch

         1:00-1:30            Zazen

         1:30-1:40            Kinhin

         1:40-2:10            Zazen

         2:10-2:20            Kinhin

         2:20-2:50            Council: Sangha

                                    What is the personal meaning

         2:50                    Shin Shin Ming

SCHEDULE 8/21-8/27

Monday 6:30am Zazen at the Tea House with Madison opening

Tuesday 6:30am Zazen at the Tea House with Madison opening

Tuesday 7pm Dream Koan at the Tea House or ZOOM

Wednesday 6:30am Zazen at the Tea House of ZOOM

Thursday 6:30am Green Tara Sadhana at the Tea House or ZOOM Dokusan with Issan Sensei

Friday 6:30am Zazen at the Tea House or ZOOM and dokusan with Zenho Sensei.

Deep Peace & Great Love,

Issan & Zenho

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