Sesshin offers a unique opportunity to deepen one’s practice in a supportive atmosphere and to contribute to others doing so as well. Sesshin is conducted in disciplined silence, with every aspect of the day geared towards focussing single-mindedly on the present moment. Dokusan (one-to-one instruction with the teacher) is offered three times a day, and voluntary sitting, outside of the formal rounds, is encouraged.
5-12 January – Summer 7-day, Bella Rakha
12-17 March – 5-day Working Sesshin, Zen Centre
17-19 May – 2-day, Zen Centre
20-27 July – Winter 7-day, Bella Rakha
4-11 October – Spring 7-day (or 5-day), Bella Rakha
The deadline for applications is two weeks prior to a 7-day sesshin or one week prior to the start of a shorter sesshin. Prior zazen experience is required for sesshin. If you have not sat before with the AZC, attendance at an Introductory Workshop (and at weekly sittings if you live in Auckland) may be required. Call Sensei at (09) 550 4383 if you have questions.