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)
Please see our Weekly Schedule page for our many free and open meditation sessions at our Zendo and online. Here we list upcoming retreats led by Roshi Kennedy at other locations:
March 13-? ZENDO CLOSED TEMPORARILY
July 15-20 CANCELLED Grey Heron Zendo, Dominican Retreat Center, Tallagh , Ireland. To register Contact Anita Kenny, email@example.com, Tel. 011 353 (1) 404 8123
August 16-22 CANCELLED Mercy by the Sea, Madison, CT https://programs.mercybythesea.org/CourseCatalog/ScheduleVie w.asp?ScheduleId=3250
September 10-12 CANCELLED Our Lady of Grace, Manhasset NY
September 25-27 Garrison Institute, New York
October 13 zoom London WCCM Meditatio. register at:
October 15-18 CANCELLED Grey Heron Zendo, Dominican Retreat Center, Tallagh Ireland. To register Contact Anita Kenny, firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel. 011 353 (1) 404 8123
Nov 12- Nov 15 CANCELLED Grand Coteau, LA The Jesuit Spirituality Center at St Charles College https://jesuitspiritualitycenter.org/2020-retreat/
March 19-21 Copper Beech Institute, West Hartford, CT
September 15-18 Our Lady of Grace, Manhasset NY
Nov 11- Nov 14 Grand Coteau, LA The Jesuit Spirituality Center at St Charles College https://jesuitspiritualitycenter.org/2020-retreat/