May 9th and 10th at Bridge & Enrich (May 16th to be held at North Shore Zendo)
Saturday, May 9th: We will sit from 9:00am–9:00pm
Sunday, May 10th: We will sit from 9:00am–4:00pm
Most of us need to attend periodic sesshin (extended meditation retreats) to provide periods of sustained zazen practice to settle the mind, deepen our practice and foster insight. Many of us work at jobs, however, that do not readily permit taking a week away to attend sesshin at Great Vow Zen Monastery. Because of this, North Shore Zendo (NSZ) will be offering its first-ever working folks sesshin the week of Saturday May 9th through Saturday May 16th. This is a new and innovative approach to sesshin.
We will begin with a full weekend retreat the weekend of May 9th and 10th and conclude with a full day retreat on Saturday May 16th. During the weekdays, Monday May 11th through Friday May 15th, sesshin participants will practice as their work and family circumstances permit, while committing to the following minimum practice structure:
We will sit together as a group each evening at the zendo from 7-9 PM. There will be a dharma talk, interviews and service each evening. The talks will address the content and themes of the Platform Sutra, a seminal text of Zen Buddhism, which sets out the teachings of the great Hui Neng, who was himself a layman.
Everyone will sit for 50 minutes each morning, either on their own at home or at the zendo.
On weekdays, Hoben will maintain a regular sesshin schedule in the zendo, between 6AM and 9PM. All participants are welcome to attend for morning zazen before work or at any other time during the day that they may have time.
Everyone will practice zazen for 5 minutes each hour during the work day and follow other zazen practices that will not interfere with their work.
Everyone will commit to abstain from non-essential electronic media, entertainment and social activities during the sesshin.
The schedule will be modified to meet individual family and work circumstances, but participants will commit not to excuse themselves from the sesshin schedule and practices unless they have a real and pressing need to do so.