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 If you would like to be on Zoom email list for updates please email


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

July 17-23, 2019 Grey Heron Zendo, Dominican Retreat Center, Tallagh , Ireland. To register Contact Anita Kenny,, Tel. 011 353 (1) 404 8123

August 18-24, 2019 Mercy Center, Madison, CT. Register directly with them please.

September 13 - 15, 2019 Garrison Institute, New York

October 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. )

2019 Jesuit Spirituality Center, Grand Coteau, LA. (,