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)

September 8-10, 2017 Morning Star Zendo, Jersey City in-house non-residential retreat. (Sept 8: 6:30-9:00 pm, 9th: 5:30 am-8:30pm, 10th: 5:30-10 am). RSVP by 9/5.

Sept 28-Oct 1, 2017 San Antonio, Texas Oblate School of Theology San Antonio retreat

October 6-9, 2017 Ronkonkoma Cenacle, 310 Cenacle Road, PO Box 4005, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-0430. Phone registration, using credit card payment, is available by contacting Pat at the Cenacle at (631) 588-8366.

October 22-24 2017 Dominican Retreat Centre Tallaght Village, Dublin (Anita Kenny,, Tel. 011 353 (1) 404 8123)

October 27-29, 2017 Black Mountain Zen Centre Servite Priory, Benburb Co. Tyrone

November 9-12, 2017 Jesuit Spirituality Center, Grand Coteau, LA 337 662 5251

December 8-11, 2017 Seattle Zen Center (

March 1-4 , 2018 The Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY.

April 5-8, 2018 Benedictine Monastery, Beaumont, TX (Fr. Peter Funk)

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

October 25-28, 2018 Benedictine Monastery, Fr. Peter Funk, Beaumont, TX