Silent retreats (sesshins) offer an opportunity to develop a deeper contemplative prayer life, strengthened by the presence of others. Zazen or sitting meditation is the practice of stilling the mind through attentiveness to the breath. Together with stillness of the body, this frees the mind from its ordinary activities of thinking, and speculating.

Zen silent retreats are open to persons of all religious and non-religious affiliations; they includes zazen (seated meditation in 25 minute periods), kinhin (walking meditation), chanting, dharma talks and daisan (one on one interviews with the teachers), and beginners instruction.

ANGOS - During the Lenten and Advent seasons, Roshi Kennedy often presents a reading each weekday that he is not travelling in order to support the deepening of our practice. We call these periods of intensified practice Angos. You can view an archive of our Ango readings here

Upcoming Retreats (Sesshins)

(There is a Saturday morning sitting each week at MSZ and on the last Saturday of the month an all day sitting. There is a Zoom sitting every Wednesday at 8 p.m. If Roshi is not away on retreat he will be there. To join go to

August 31 - September 3, 2018 Mexico City

August 10-14 away

August 11, 2018 Aspen Chapel, CO (

August 19-25, 2018 Mercy by the Sea Retreat House ,Madison, CT. Sponsored by Inisfada Shelter Rock zen group. Register by July 1. Contact

September 14-16, 2018 Bethania Spiritual Center, San Rafael, Quito, Ecuador (

October 5-8 2018 Ronkonkoma Cenacle, 310 Cenacle Road, PO Box 4005, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-0430. Phone registration, using credit card payment, is available by contacting the Cenacle at (631) 588-8366.

October 12-14,2018 Northern Ireland Interfaith Zen Group.(

October 19-21, 2018 Dominican Retreat Centre, Tallaght Village, Dublin (Anita Kenny,, Tel. 011 353 (1) 404 8123)

October 25-28, 2018 Jesuit Spirituality Center, Grand Coteau, LA. (,


March 29-31, 2019 Copper Beach Institute, West Hartford, CT (, 860 760 9750)

2019 The Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY.

October 26-29,2019 Jesuit Spirituality Center, Grand Couteau, LA (337 662 5251)

2019 Avila Carmelite Cntre, Donnybrook, Dublin (info

2019 Luisne Centre for Spirituality, Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow (