Urban retreats (2-3 day sittings, based at the Centre)
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 may be too demanding. Open to anyone who has attended our Introduction to Zen workshops. Please sign up at the Centre or email info@aucklandzen.org.nz to register (please indicate which blocks you will be attending).

2021 Dates:
  • TBA
Typical schedule for a 2-day Urban Retreat:

Day One: 

Block 1

6:00 a.m.

tea ceremony/ opening talk /zazen /dokusan (remote only)

8:00

breakfast (provided by the Centre)

Block 2

9:00

zazen /dokusan / morning tea break / zazen

12:00

lunch

Block 3

1:30 p.m.

zazen /dokusan

3:30

chanting service 

4:00

afternoon break/dinner break - self directed time: you may choose to include yoga or stretching exercises* or samu

Block 4 (remote only)

7:00

zazen / dokusan (remote only)

9:00 

close of day with 4 Vows

 

Day Two: 

Block 1

6:00 a.m.

zazen / dokusan 

8:00 

breakfast (provided by Centre)

Block 2

9:00

zazen / teisho / zazen

12:00

lunch break

Block 3

1:30 p.m.

zazen / dokusan

3:30

chanting service

4:00

retreat ends 


Suggested dana for 2-day urban retreat at Auckland Zen Centre: 
Casual Participants: $35/day ($70 total) 
Supporting Members: $30/day ($60 total) 

* Video of a 20-minute guided yoga routine from Hanya available on YouTube: yoga for meditators


One-day sittings (based at the Centre)
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. 

2021 dates:
  • 14 February 2021
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 chanting
 4:40 clean-up
 4:00end
                               
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

Please 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.