UPCOMING

2022-09-30

Weekend retreat

This weekend retreat will start with dinner on Friday and finish with lunch on Sunday. It will be led by Dharman Sensei. The last date for applications is 16 September.

2022-10-15

October sesshin

Members are welcome to apply for this 7-day sesshin, which starts on 15 October and will be led by Kanja Roshi. Please apply by the closing date of 1 October. Members may also participate online: please apply for this through zazen.se before 8 October.

2022-10-26

Ango period

The Ango period of intensive practice runs from 26 October to 25 November. There is more sitting and free time and less work, so this is a perfect opportunity to come and deepen your practice. Email for more details.

2022-11-09

November sesshin

Members are welcome to apply for this 4-day sesshin, which starts on 9 November and will be led by Sante Roshi. Please apply by the closing date of 26 October. Members may also participate online: please apply for this through zazen.se before 2 November.

2022-12-03

Rohatsu sesshin

Members are welcome to apply for this year's Rohatsu sesshin, which runs from 3 to 10 December and will be led by Sante Roshi. Please apply by the closing date of 19 November. Members may also participate online: please apply for this through zazen.se before 26 November.

2022-12-29

New Year's retreat

Applications are open for our New Year's retreat, which will be led by Sante Roshi this year. Jukai following the stroke of midnight is a great way to see in the New Year. We start with dinner on 29 December and finish with brunch on New Year's day. Please apply online by 15 December. As usual, this special retreat is restricted to members who have already attended sesshin at Zengården.

Zen practice

Intensive Retreats - sesshin

A traditional Japanese Zen retreat, or sesshin, is a period when all non-essential work is put aside and participants engage in 9 or more hours of formal zazen each day. The silent zazen is complemented by a daily lecture (teisho) and 2 or 3 private meetings each day with the teacher (dokusan). The intensive nature of sesshin allows one to put aside all workday concerns and focus strongly on unifying the mind, with the aim of seeing into one’s true nature. Sesshin practice is for more experienced practitioners and we ask that you speak to one of the teachers if you are planning to apply.

Residential Zen training

Intensive Zen retreat, or sesshin, is one form of Zen practice. Between sesshins, another form of practice is offered to members: Zen training. Instead of focussing so strongly on formal zazen, we move from the base of our daily meditation practice into staying aware and present during all activities, whether working, socialising, eating or playing.

The training schedule typically includes five hours of formal sitting each day, four hours of work and several hours of unstructured time. Dokusan (a private meeting with the teacher) is offered regularly to enable students to receive individual guidance on their practice. One day a week has no formal schedule.

Beginners' Retreats

People usually come to Zengården once they have established a Zen practice through one of our city centers. We recognise that it can be difficult to take part in a retreat for the first time. An extended introduction, including explanations to the different parts of the full day schedule, is useful to many members who want to take part in the events at Zengården. For this reason, in the summer each year, we offer a small number of people who are genuinely interested in finding out whether this practice is for them the chance to participate in a 5-day retreat. During the retreat, participants learn everything they need to know to get started in Zen and about the practice at Zengården. If you would like more information about this, please contact us.

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