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 focusing 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. 

The sesshins below can  also be a 2, 4 or 7 day sesshin, everyone beginning on the first day. Discuss with Sensei or Hanya if you wish to sign up for a shorter sesshin(2 or 4 day).

Sesshin Dates for 2016

27 August - 3 September, Spring 7-day, Bella Rakha

Sesshin Dates for 2017

7 - 14 January, Summer 7-day, Aio Wira

20 - 27  May, Autumn 7-day, Bella Rakha

30 September - 7 October, Spring 7-day, Bella Rakha

Fees and other information
  • Fee for sesshin at Bella Rakha, Aio Wira or other rented venue: Casual Participants: $80/day or $27/section (if part time); Supporting Members: $70/day or $22/section (if part time). 
  • Fee for 2-day sesshins at Zen Centre: Casual Participants: $50/day ($100 total); Supporting Members: $40/day ($80 total). 
  • Payment is due in full before the start of sesshin unless special arrangements have been made. (Note: There will be an opportunity to offer dana for the teacher after sesshin.)
  • 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. 
Please call Sensei at (09) 550 4383 if you have questions.