Urban retreats (2-4 day sittings, based at the Centre)

2020 Dates:
  • Labour Weekend 24 - 26 October 2020 Details to be confirmed
Urban retreats offer a chance to deepen your practice under the guidance of a teacher, with a daily schedule that is suitable for beginners and others for whom sesshin is too demanding.  Open to practitioners of all levels, part-time or full-time. Please sign up at the zendo or email info@aucklandzen.org.nz if you plan to attend. 

Note that the urban retreats are non-residential. Participants from out of town will need to arrange their own accommodation.  Locals- please let us know if you have room for someone to stay.

Typical daily schedule for a 2-day urban retreat:
Day One: 
8:30 a.m.tea ceremony/ opening talk followed by zazen with dokusan
10:30 morning tea
11:00zazen / kinhin 
12:30lunch and rest 
1:20zazen with dokusan
3:20samu or group exercise
4:05zazen 
4:40 chanting service
                           
Day Two: 
8:30 a.m.zazen and teisho
10:30 morning tea
11:00zazen / kinhin 
12:30lunch and rest 
1:20zazen with dokusan
3:20    samu or group exercise 
4:05zazen 
4.40
5:00
chanting service
retreat ends 
        
Lunch is provided by the Centre and a donation is appreciated. 
Suggested dana for 2-day urban retreat at Auckland Zen Centre: 
Casual Participants: $30/day ($60 total); 
Supporting Members: $25/day ($50 total). 


One-day sittings (based at the Centre)

2021 dates:
  • TBA
One-day sittings offer the opportunity to refresh and deepen your practice, or to try out a more extended sitting schedule for the first time. Come for all or part of the day, but please sign up at the zendo or email info@aucklandzen.org.nz if you plan to attend. 

Schedule: 
  8:30 talk / zazen / kinhin /dokusan
 10:30   morning tea
 11:00  zazen
 12:30 p.m. lunch
 1:20  zazen / kinhin /dokusan
 3:20 group exercise / samu
4:05 zazen
 4:40chanting
                               
Lunch is provided by the Centre and a donation is appreciated. 
Suggested dana for 1-day sitting at Auckland Zen Centre: 
Casual Participants: $30
Supporting Members: $25