Summer Zen Sesshin

Summer Zen Sesshin

Jun 12, 202301:00 am

Jun 16, 202307:00 pm(GMT+0)


In-Person at Mercy Center Burlingame

Event details

This sesshin prescribes nearly seven hours of silent meditation (zazen) per day and includes dharma talks (teisho) by and private meetings (dokusan) with the teacher. We will open with an evening of welcome and orientation to sesshin. The following five days of sitting will allow for regular walking meditation periods (kinhin), plus breaks for rest, meals, and time spent outdoors in nature, at your own discretion. We will also experience Zen Buddhist chanting, led by a member of the sesshin staff.

Making a Zen sesshin is an inspiring spiritual experience, regardless of your religious affiliation. The days of silence and concentrated meditation will allow you to connect with your own inner being and with what Zen practitioners know as your True Nature.

'Embracing the Way of Zen, we concentrate our search for answers into a practice of silent meditation, in community when possible, through which the questions (if not all the answers) become increasingly clear. And through our practice, we put all our care for ourselves and others into a boundless medium that can help us carry that search, that practice, and its fruits into the larger world. In Zen, everybody benefits, including ourselves.'


*Participants must be fully vaccinated for COVID 19 and follow our onsite COVID protocol.

Nona Strong is a Zen teacher studying under Fr. Gregory Mayers, C.Ss.R., who directed the Mercy Center East-West Meditation Program from 2005 to 2019. Nona began Zen koan studies with Fr. Greg, Roshi in 1996, and in 2019 she received full transmission as an Authentic Zen Master in the Empty Cloud lineage of Willigis Jäger, Roshi, OSB.


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