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Sesshin Information and Registration

Registration for the September Sesshin is now open!

We offer two Sesshin each year, we hope you will join us!

  • Autumn Sesshin 2024: Tuesday Evening, September 24th – Sunday Noon, September 29th
  • Spring Sesshin 2025: Tuesday Evening, April 22nd – Sunday Noon, April 27th

We rent a beautiful retreat space out of town (Hull Park & Lodge, right outside Sandy, Oregon) with lodging and a kitchen, and sesshin participation is also possible online (in our Cloud Zendo). Note that the Sesshin Zoom is not the same as the regular Bright Way Zen Zoom; you will receive the Sesshin Zoom link when you register.

Quicklinks:

Sesshin Description and Participation Options
Dirt Zendo/Pacific Time Zone Schedule

Cloud Zendo Sesshin Schedule (Translated into 8 Time Zones)
Cloud Zendo Sesshin Schedule (8 Time Zones, PDF)

SESSHIN DESCRIPTION & PARTICIPATION OPTIONS

 

Attendance Options

Full-time participation is strongly encouraged, this is a precious opportunity! On the first day (Tuesday), the Dirt Zendo retreat begins with arrival and dinner between 4 and 6pm (Pacific Time) and the Cloud Zendo retreat begins with zazen at 8pm Pacific. Click here for the sesshin schedule translated into 8 different time zones. Sesshin ends at noon on the last day (Sunday).

Part-time Participation Options:
Part-time participation in the Cloud Zendo: Attend any days or parts of the schedule you choose. Note that the Sesshin Zoom is not the same as the regular Bright Way Zen Zoom; you will receive the Sesshin Zoom link when you register.
Part-time participation in the Dirt Zendo (at the retreat facility): Note: Late arrival to sesshin is only available to those who have been to sesshin with us before, because the first day’s orientation to sesshin is very important. For part-time participation, you can:

  • Begin the sesshin with us and leave on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, for a minimum of two nights and one full day;
  • If you have sat sesshin with us before, you may arrive the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th days (Wed, Thurs, or Fri) at 6pm, for a minimum of two nights and one full day (no Saturday arrivals)

Are you hoping to attend the September Bright Way Zen Sesshin in the Cloud?

We have been working on a solution to the internet challenges we have been experiencing the past two sesshins. We are currently in contact with the retreat facility and they have reported that they are working on it. They have had the wireless receiver relocated, trimmed some trees, and are seeking board approval for a new router. After this has been done we will be able to go out and perform some testing to make sure we have a good connection before fall sesshin. We do have a plan B to ensure connection, but are waiting on it to avoid additional expenses. We are determined to offer meaningful participation via the Cloud for sesshin!

Covid Measures

Dirt Zendo participants will be asked to test negative via a rapid COVID test before/upon arrival at sesshin (we will have some extra tests), and to stay home and participate via the Cloud Zendo instead if they have/develop any cold or flu-like symptoms. Masks are optional.

 

Coming from Out of Town?

We love to have Bright Way Zen Sangha Members who do not live locally and who usually participate via our Cloud Zendo join us in three dimensions for our sesshin! Please let us know if you are planning to come from out of town; we should be able to arrange transportation and accommodations before and after the retreat as necessary. Also let us know if you need financial help covering travel costs, we hope to provide some crowd-funded assistance as needed!

 

Sesshin Cost

Sesshin suggested donations includes lodging and meals, ending with a community lunch on the last day. The suggested donations below are set to allow us to break even – to pay our expenses including food and renting the retreat center.

However, we don’t want anyone to be unable to practice with us because of financial limitations. Our Suggestion Donation Policy invites you to pay what you can without hardship. If you can donate extra to help cover others, it is much appreciated.

 

Dirt Zendo Full Time (Tues-Sun, 5 nights)

Single Occupancy (if available*): $675
Double Occupancy (two twin beds)**: $525
RV: $525
Tent: $450

Dirt Zendo 4 Nights (Wed-Sun or Tues-Sat)

Single Occupancy (if available*): $580
Double Occupancy (two twin beds)**: $460
RV: $460
Tent: $400

Dirt Zendo 3 nights (Thurs-Sun or Tues-Fri)

Single Occupancy (if available*): $490
Double Occupancy (two twin beds)**: $400
RV: $400
Tent: $355

Dirt Zendo 2 nights (Fri-Sun or Tues-Thurs)

Single Occupancy (if available*): $400
Double Occupancy (two twin beds)**: $340
RV: $340
Tent: $310

Cloud Zendo: Suggested donation for full time participation is $250. Donate what you feel is right for part time participation.

*All rooms can accommodate two people. Single occupancy may not be available if we run out of rooms (this has not happened to us so far); those 60 or older and those with health issues will be given priority in the assignment of single rooms.

** Go ahead and request double occupancy even if you snore; we may be able to pair you with another snorer who is willing to use earplugs.

SESSHIN SCHEDULE (may change slightly)


Zazen*Zazen means 20-25 minutes of zazen, followed by posture adjustment, followed by 20-25 minutes of zazen  – Times in Pacific Time. Joining us in the Cloud Zendo? For the Sesshin Schedule translated into 8 different time zones, see the links elsewhere on this web page. Click here for a printable version of this schedule.

First evening:

4-6pm…….Arrival, check-in
5-6:00……..Dinner available
6:00 ……….Oryoki Instruction available

7:00………..Orientation & Sesshin Guidelines
7:30………..Break
8:00………..Zazen – Opening words from teacher
8:25………..Kinhin (Silver Dragons – those 60 or over – or those with health issues can go to bed at this time if they chose)
8:35………..Zazen
9:00………..Closing Chant (Metta Sutta)
9:10………..To bed

Joining us from another time zone?

 Click here for the Sesshin Schedule Translated into Eight Different Time Zones

The link above goes to a Google Spreadsheet.
Click here for a pdf copy of the Eight Time Zone schedule for printing.

Full Days:

5:10……….Wake-up bell

5:40am…..Zazen*Zazen (Posture Adjustment Bell 6:05)
6:30……….Kinhin (Silver Dragons – those 60 or over – or those with health issues can arrive in the Zendo during/after kinhin if they chose)
6:40……….Zazen*Zazen (Posture Adjustment Bell 7:05)
7:30……….Morning Chanting Service

8:00……….Oryoki breakfast (Meal Chant)
8:40……….Meal cleanup
9:00……….Work period (Work Chant)
10:30………End work period

11:00………Zazen
11:25………Kinhin
11:35………Zazen
11:55………Kinhin
12:05pm….Zazen

12:30………Oryoki Lunch (Meal Chant)
1:10………..Meal cleanup, Rest Period
2:45………..End rest period

3:00………..Evening Service – Fukanzazengi
3:10………..Zazen*Zazen (Posture Adjustment Bell 3:35)
4:00………..Mindful Movement (outdoor kinhin or gentle guided yoga in zendo)
4:30………..Zazen

5:00………..Oryoki Dinner (Meal Chant – Dinner)
5:40………..Meal cleanup, break

7:00………..Zazen
7:25………..Kinhin
7:35………..Zazen
8:00………..Kinhin (Silver Dragons – those 60 or over – or those with health issues can go to bed at this time if they chose)
8:10………..Zazen
8:30………..Kinhin
8:40………..Zazen
9:00………..Formal Tea, Closing Chant (Metta Sutta)
9:20………..To bed

 

Last Day:

5:10……….Wake-up bell

5:40am…..Zazen*Zazen (Posture Adjustment Bell 6:05)
6:30……….Morning Chanting Service

7:00……….Oryoki breakfast (Meal Chant)
7:40……….Kitchen cleanup, begin packing

8:15……….Closing Circle (online portion of sesshin ends after closing circle)
9:30……….Work period (silence is lifted; packing, cleaning)
10:45………Retreat Closing Ceremony and Dedication to Retreat Center
11:00………Community Lunch (informal)
Noon …….Retreat Ends