All meetings and events are open to the public unless otherwise indicated.
Some events are open to in-person participation, please check the event listing and our COVID updates page for more info.
You can also join us online by Zoom: Online Practice page.
Please note that all event times are listed in PACIFIC TIME. Click here for a handy Time Zone Converter.
One-Day Retreat – In Person & Online
January 29 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
One event on August 22, 2020 at 8:30 am
One event on September 26, 2020 at 8:30 am
One event on October 24, 2020 at 8:30 am
One event on January 23, 2021 at 8:30 am
One event on April 3, 2021 at 8:30 am
One event on May 1, 2021 at 8:30 am
One event on November 13, 2021 at 8:30 am
One event on January 29, 2022 at 8:30 am
One event on March 26, 2022 at 8:30 am
One event on April 16, 2022 at 8:30 am
One event on August 13, 2022 at 8:30 am
One event on October 8, 2022 at 8:30 am
A Zen retreat can be a life-changing experience. At a retreat we pay mindful attention throughout the day to our meditation, our breath, chanting, silent work, and a silent meal. We slow down, but in the midst of discipline, our minds and bodies have a chance to catch up with each other.
Bright Way Zen holds one-day retreats several times a year. Please visit the Event Calendar for more information on them.
♦ Feel free to join us for any part of the schedule.
♦ Registration is required for any in-person participation (so we don’t have keep checking COVID vaccination status of people who arrive, scroll down to the form at the bottom of this page). CHECK OUR COVID UPDATES PAGE before registering for in-person attendance, or before showing up at the Zendo (proof of vaccination and mask is required).
♦ If you are participating online, registering is optional, but doing so may help you stay committed to the retreat container; you may want to use the text field in the registration form to describe how you will participate.
Join Us In Person
In-person participation is limited at this time because of COVID safety, to those who provide proof of full vaccination and remain masked throughout our events. Before attending in person, please see our COVID updates page for more instructions.
♦ Registration is necessary for in-person participation, even if it is only part-time (so we don’t have keep checking COVID vaccination status of people who arrive).
♦ Please maintain silence from the time you arrive for the retreat until the closing circle at 3:30pm, with the exception of brief, quiet exchanges as necessary to communicate what’s going on.
♦ Part-time participation is acceptable, just come and go as quietly as possible.
♦ If you will be joining us for lunch, bring your own food (vegetarian only please).
♦ Be prepared for a work assignment if you are staying for the work period. We have different kinds of tasks to accommodate different abilities.
Join Us Online
♦ For information about how to join us online through Zoom please click here.
♦ If you live alone or your family members/housemates are agreeable, consider maintaining silence throughout the retreat schedule. It is also highly recommended you take yourself “offline” for the duration – no computer use (except for the retreat Zoom), no social or mass media, and put your phone on airplane mode or turn it off.
Retreat Schedule – Click Here for a Printable Copy
ZOOM & ZENDO TOGETHER:
8:30am …….Zazen (seated meditation)
8:55 …………Posture Adjustment
9:20 …………Chanting Service
In the Zendo: Chant along quietly with the recording; there are chant books available.
On Zoom: Chant along, but keep yourself muted; it doesn’t work to chant together on Zoom. Click here for a copy of the chanting service.
ZOOM & ZENDO SEPARATELY:
9:50 ……….Break – maintain silence and mindfulness
10:15 ……..Silent Work
In the Zendo: Please accept a work assignment, and work silently and mindfully. Work until the bell rings to end the work period.
On Zoom: Choose something simple, physical, and restorative to do, like cleaning, sewing, gardening. Also take this time to prepare your lunch. Set a timer for yourself so you can work without looking at the clock. When the timer goes off, immediately stop your work and clean up.
11:15 ……….End Work/Break – give yourself time to wrap up/clean up your work and prepare yourself mentally and physically for zazen
ZOOM & ZENDO TOGETHER:
11:55 ……….Kinhin (slow walking meditation) – walk slowly, one half-footstep per breath, back and forth between two points.
12:30 ……….End Zazen/Meal Prep – go get your lunch, come back and sit down, wait in silence for meal chant to begin.
12:35 ……….Silent Formal Lunch
In the Zendo: Recite quietly; there are chant books available. Masks will be removed only while actually eating.
On Zoom: Chant along, but keep yourself muted; it doesn’t work to chant together on Zoom. Click here for a copy of our meal chant.
ALL PARTICIPANTS INDEPENDENTLY:
1:00 …………Rest period – spend this time doing something very quiet and relaxing – take a nap or a leisurely walk, read some Dharma material, or just sit in the sun (or listen to the rain).
ZOOM & ZENDO TOGETHER:
2:15 …………Afternoon Recitation
In the Zendo: Recite quietly; there are chant books available.
On Zoom: Chant along, but keep yourself muted; it doesn’t work to chant together on Zoom. Click here for a copy of the afternoon recitation.
3:30 …………Retreat Closing
Zendo and Zoom participants meet together to greet one another and reflect on the day
4:00 …………Retreat Ends
Suggested contribution for a one-day retreat is $15-$25, but we will not turn anyone away for lack of funds, so please pay what you can (according to our Suggestion Contribution policy). If you only attend part of the day, donate as you feel is appropriate.
Submit registration below. Registration is required for in-person participation, whether full or part time. Registration is optional for online participation.
Paypal link for retreat if you would like to pay ahead of time:
If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us.