Regular sit................                 ................Retreats & Workshops

Easter Sesshin

with Arthur Wells Roshi and Mary Jaksch Roshi

The word shin in Japanese means "mind" in a sense that combines both thinking and feeling so we call it "heart-mind". Sesshin literally means to "touch", "express" or "reveal" this heart-mind. In other words, Sesshin is about the awakening of insight and compassion. It's the foundational retreat that Zen practitioners everywhere attend if possible once or twice a year in order to keep our practice strong. The form of Sesshin is much the same everywhere around the world, consisting of a full programme of silent meditation, chanting, bowing, walking, eating, resting, hearing talks, face-to-face interview with the teachers, cleaning and food preparation. Everything we do in Sesshin is designed to plunge us increasingly, throughout the six days, into deep, reflective stillness. To enter wholeheartedly into Sesshin enables us to see into our own deepest motives and discover a new freedom from fears and compulsions. People leave Sesshin feeling refreshed, more emotionally stable and more joyfully alive. Ask anyone who has done it!

When:   Thurs 29th Mar - Wed 4th April 2018

Where:  Staveley, Inland canterbury

Contact: Arthur Wells on (03) 348 4656 or email here    or
              Di Broadley on (03) 981 9550 or email here.

Cost:     Thursday to Wednesday - 6 nights   $340 with sliding scale down to $240 and
             Thursday to Monday - 4 nights   $240 with sliding scale down to $170

For further information and a registration form, click here, for a map click here and for google maps click here.

Otaki Sesshin

with Mary Jaksch Roshi

Where:  Strathean House, Otaki, North of Wellington

When:  6pm Friday 14th December to 2pm Tuesday 18th December 2018.

More information will be available later in the year.

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