Sesshin means to gather the mind. Sesshin is a traditional seven-day meditation intensive. It includes sitting and walking meditation, oryoki meals, daily Dharma talks, and private interviews with the teacher.
Each year we hold two traditional seven-day Sesshins at Crestone Mountain Zen Center:
- Sesshin during Practice Period: March 31 – April 8
This Sesshin ends on Buddha’s birthday and occurs just before the closing ceremonies of the annual 90-day winter Practice Period. It is open to all approved Sesshin students.
- Rohatsu Sesshin: November 30 – December 8
The Rohatsu Sesshin commemorates Buddha’s enlightenment. It is practiced throughout the Zen world.
COVID Related Changes
In 2022, we will host an in-person sesshins with residents and visitors who are willing to test upon arrival. Our Covid-19 safety policy is continually being tuned in response to relavent scientific data; please contact us for our our current policy if you would like to participate on-site.
CMZC will also offer the Sesshins online.
Generally speaking, Sesshins are for practitioners who have already established an ongoing practice relationship with the Dharma Sangha. If you are new to Sesshin practice, please use our registration form and we will contact you to arrange an interview.
All meals during Sesshin will be eaten oryoki style. We ask that returning practitioners bring their own oryoki set. (Oryoki sets can be purchased at CMZC.)
Arrival: 4-5 pm, opening dinner at 6 pm
Departure: 11 am after brunch
Please see our suggestions for online sesshin participation.
We will begin with a zoom orientation on the evening of March 31st. Stay tuned for more details about the schedule.
$560 plus teaching donation (Member Discount 10-20%). Sliding scale is always available for those of you whose funds are limited.
Suggested contribution for Sesshin is $50 – $250
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