Next All Day Sitting:  26 NOVEMBER, 6:45 am - 5:00 pm

Register: either through meetup.com or email info@forestcityzen.org

Meditation retreats play an important role in Zen and the Forest City Zen Group offers all day sittings roughly once a month.  This all day sitting is designed to be an introduction to the experience of sitting for more than one or two periods of zazen at a time.  Most periods of zazen are 40 minutes, and a Dharma Talk will be given. 

You will need to bring your own lunch.  Your lunch should be:

  • Vegetarian (any level of vegetarian meal is acceptable).
  • Not require any heating or other preparation.

Any example lunch  might consist of 1 or 2 hard boiled eggs, some cheese, nuts, and some cut vegetables.  During meditation retreats all eating is done in the zendo and there will be no opportunity to "go out" for lunch.

Zazen will start at 7:00 am sharp.  Please arrive by 6:45 am.  The complete schedule is given below:

6:45 – 7:00 Setup and settle

7:00 – 7:40 Zazen

7:40 – 7:50 Kinhin

7:50 – 8:30 Zazen

8:30 – 8:40 Stretching

8:40 – 9:20 Zazen

9:20 – 9:30 Kinhin

9:30 – 10:10 Dharma Talk

10:10 – 10:25 Stretching

10:25 – 11:05 Zazen

11:05 – 11:15 Kinhin

11:15 – 11:55 Zazen

11:55 – 12:15 Chanting

12:15 – 12:45 Lunch

12:45 – 1:10 Break/Silent outdoor walking

1:10 – 2:00 Work Period/Temple Cleaning

2:00 – 2:40 Zazen

2:40 – 2:50 Kinhin

2:50 – 3:20 Zazen

3:20 – 3:30 Stretching

3:30 – 4:00 Zazen

4:00 – 4:10 Kinhin

4:10 – 4:50 Zazen

4:50 – 5:00 Chanting

Please exit or enter the zendo only during kinhin. Thanks.