Retreats are the backbone of our Zen training. Buddha sat under the Bodhi tree for six years and for nine years, Bodhidharma sat silently in Sorim. If we aspire to free our minds of accumulated habit energy (karma), then we must take what opportunities we can to devote ourselves to meditation with great faith, courage and inquiry. Retreats, varying from one to several days, provide that space, with the guidance of our teachers and support of the practicing sangha.
Registration and Fees
At this time, all retreats are held online.
Retreat Fees for Online Retreats:
Members: $25 plus dana* per day.
Non-members: $35 plus dana* per day.
*dana is a voluntary gratitude to our teacher. Learn more about dana.
The online registration form page includes a link that allows you to pay your retreat fee, and include dana, through PayPal.
If you have any questions about retreat registration, contact us.
Fri-Sun, January 27 – 29, 3-Day Retreat with Zen Master Jeong Ji
Fri-Sun, March 17 – 19, 3-Day Retreat with Ann Pepper, JDPSN
Fri – Sun, April 21 – 23, 3-Day Retreat with Eric Nord, JDPSN
Fri – Sun, June 23 – 25, 3-Day Retreat with Zen Master Jeong Ji
Fri – Sun, August 19 – 27, 9-Day Retreat with Zen Master Jeong Ji and Eric Nord, JDPSN
Fri – Sun, October 20 – 22, 3-Day Retreat
Fri – Sat, December 1 – 2, 2-Day Retreat
Head Dharma Teacher
The Head Dharma Teacher is a senior student who is responsible for the smooth operation of the retreat. He or she will conduct an orientation when the retreat begins and during the retreat as new participants arrive. If you have questions or problems during the retreat, please use the chat feature of Zoom to write a private note to the Head Dharma Teacher who will help (or set up a meeting with the teacher leading the retreat).
During retreats we keep silence at all times. Silence not only helps you maintain strong practice, it is a gift that helps others sustain their own practice. If you need to communicate about a personal issue, please use the chat feature of Zoom to write a private note to the Head Dharma Teacher.
The Virtual Dharma Room
Everyone helps maintain an atmosphere of quiet in the dharma room. Please don’t move during sitting periods. If you are sleepy or in a great deal of pain you may do a sitting bow and then stand up quietly behind your cushion, with your hands in hapchong. Before sitting back down again, do a standing bow and then settle quietly.
Please “enter”, “leave”, and act in the Virtual Dharma Room as if it were the actual Dharma Room.
There will be private interviews with the teacher during the day. During an interview, the teacher can help you with your individual practice and answer specific questions about Zen meditation.
End of Retreat
The retreat will end with a “circle talk,” during which participants are invited to share their thoughts about the retreat with the group.