Sesshin means to gather the mind. Sesshin is a traditional seven-day meditation intensive. It includes sitting and walking meditation, oryoki meals, daily Dharma talks, and private interviews with the teacher.
Each year we hold two traditional seven-day Sesshins at Crestone Mountain Zen Center:
- Sesshin during Practice Period: March 31 – April 8
This Sesshin ends on Buddha’s birthday and occurs just before the closing ceremonies of the annual 90-day winter Practice Period. It is open to all approved Sesshin students.
- Rohatsu Sesshin: November 30 – December 8
The Rohatsu Sesshin commemorates Buddha’s enlightenment. It is practiced throughout the Zen world.
COVID Related Changes
In 2020, we will still host an in-person sesshin with residents and visitors who are willing to test and quarantine prior to arrival. Please contact us for more information if you would like to participate in-person.
For the first time ever, CMZC will offer an online Rohatsu. More information can be found here.
Generally speaking, Sesshins are for practitioners who have already established an ongoing practice relationship with the Dharma Sangha. If you are new to Sesshin practice, please use our registration form and we will contact you to arrange an interview.
All meals during Sesshin will be eaten oryoki style. We ask that returning practitioners bring their own oryoki set. (Oryoki sets can be purchased at CMZC.)
Arrival: 4-5 pm, opening dinner 6 pm
Departure: 11 am after brunch
$560 plus teaching donation (Member Discount 10-20%)
$200 (Member Discount 10-20%)
We are currently creating our online schedule and format – Stay tuned for more details!
We will begin with an orientation on the evening of Nov 30th.
For those in financial need who could otherwise not attend, we offer a limited number of sliding scale scholarships with a minimum payment of 40%. In case of large participation in the event, scholarship recipients may be asked to sleep in the Zendo.