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Winter Ango > Ango Closing Sesshin, 2 Parts

  • PART 1February 9 – 14
    • Lecture by Yusho Sasaki on Feb. 9 at 8:00pm
    • Shusho Hossenshiki on Feb. 10 at 11:00am

Hossenshiki at Zen River for Tessa Gyosei Overbeek will take place on Sunday February 10, at 11am. All dragons and elephants are heartily invited to attend! As previously announced, the ceremony will be held at the beginning of two consecutive five-day sesshins. Our schedule had to be adapted because of the limited availability of Yusho Sasaki Roshi. She is the head of the European department of the Soto School and will serve again as the official witness. Sasaki Roshi will also give a talk on Saturday evening, February 11, at 8pm. For more details, please contact the office.

  • PART 2February 16-21

for more info and/or sign up, contact the Zen River Office at +31 (0)595 – 435039 or zenriver@zenrivertemple.org

Sesshin (lit.: to connect the mind/heart) is a silent Zen retreat, with an intensive schedule of zazen, services, dharma-talks, dokusan and samu (work practice). The format offers an excellent opportunity to really focus on practice without any distractions. And it is no secret that the heightened samadhi of the whole group stimulates participants to break through barriers of the conditioned mind faster than usual. At Zen River sesshins of 2, 5 or 7 days are held every month. In August the whole month consists of sesshins (three 5-day and one 7-day sesshin). Although beginners may prefer to start with a Zazenkai or by attending some of the daily schedule first, it is also perfectly okay to start with one of these sesshins–depending on one’s motivation. A relatively large group of participants are resident monks and members who attend sesshin regularly and their experience allows newcomers to readily trust the process and learn accordingly. Usually the following schedule is being maintained:

04:55 Wake up
05:00 Tea & Coffee
05:30 Zazen (3 periods)
07:30 Morning Service
08:00 Breakfast
09:15 Samu / work
10:45 Yoga / exercise
11:00 Tea & Coffee
11:30 Zazen & Dharma talk
12:40 Zazen
13:10 Noon Service
13:20 Lunch
15:30 Tea & Coffee
16:00 Zazen (3 periods)
17:50 Evening Service
18:00 Supper
19:30 Zazen (3 periods)
21:15 Four Vows
21:20 Tea
21:45 Lights out