The Sun Mountain Zen Flexi-sesshin is held each year in January just following Christmas New Year public holidays.

While maximum participation in any sesshin is to be encouraged, the usual requirement for full attendance at sesshin is waived in favour of flexibility of attendance so the meditation periods may be integrated with the normal activities of the week including work and family events.

Morning and evening sitting occur daily. Some days will have a typical sesshin format for those who are able to attend; for others, attendance in modules according to your personal needs is available. Do please respect others need to sit and only enter the zendo during kin-hin.  As usual, you are welcome to sleep over!

Flexi-sesshin offers a time for intensive practice and daily access to your teacher for regular dokusan.   Invigorating Zen practice is an excellent way to begin the New Year.

The 2017 Flexi-Sesshin:

  • starts on Tuesday the 17th of January at 5pm and
  • finishes on Saturday the 21st of January after dinner.
  • will be held at Aspley
  • will run as ‘flexi’ from 5pm Tuesday until 8.30 pm Wednesday 18th.
  • will run as a Sesshin from 6am Thursday 19th of January until conclusion Saturday evening 23rd January.

Flexi Sesshin SCHEDULE  2017

Tuesday to Wednesday is flexible with no formal activity during the day.

Thursday 19th January to Saturday 22st January schedule will be as per sesshin [see next page] but variable participation will be permitted.

Tuesday 17th to Wednesday 18th January

Tuesday:

5.00 pm:  Dinner

6.30 pm: Zazen

7.30 pm: Induction, newcomers are requested to attend.

8.20 pm:  Chants and Day’s End – unless otherwise advised

Wednesday:

5.25 am Drum/bell

5.30 am Rise

5.55 am Enter Zendo

6.00 am Sitting begins

6.30 am Dokusan begins

7.20 am Dokusan ends

7.30 am Morning Recitation

7.45 am Breakfast – Followed immediately by samu

8.45 am Samu ends.Listen for signal – a run on the clappers.

Free sitting or free group activity to be announced on the day.

5.00 pm Evening meal – Free sitting – Tea available.

6.25 pm Enter Zendo

6.30 pm Sitting begins

7.00 pm Dokusan begins

8.30 pm Dokusan ends

8.35 pm Closing Recitations

Daily Schedule for Thursday, Friday and Saturday (21st-23rd January)

5.25 am          Drum/bell

5.30 am          Rise

5.55 am          Enter Zendo

6.00 am          Sitting begins

6.30 am          Dokusan begins

7.20 am          Dokusan ends

7.30 am          Morning Recitation

7.45 am          Breakfast – Followed immediately by samu

8.45 am          Samu ends.

9.25 am          Enter Zendo

9.30 am          Sitting begins.

10.00 am       Teisho, followed by sitting

11.50 am        Kinhin

12.noon         Midday meal – Free sitting – Tea available

1.55 pm          Enter Zendo

2.00 pm         Sitting begins

3.00 pm         Dokusan begins

4.30 pm         Dokusan ends

4.40 pm         Afternoon Recitations

5.00 pm         Evening meal – Free sitting – Tea available.

6.25 pm          Enter Zendo

6.30 pm          Sitting begins

7.00 pm          Dokusan begins

8.30 pm          Dokusan ends

8.35 pm          Closing Recitations

Last Day

5.30 am Rise

5.55 am Enter Zendo

6.00 am Sitting begins

6.30 am Dokusan begins

7.20 am Dokusan ends

7.30 am Morning Recitation

7.45 am Breakfast – Followed immediately by samu

8.45 am Samu ends.

9.25 am Enter Zendo

9.30 am Sitting begins.

10.00 am Teisho, followed by sitting

11.50 am Kinhin

12.noon Midday meal – Free sitting – Tea available

1.55 pm Enter Zendo

2.00 pm Sitting begins

3.00 pm Dokusan begins

4.30 pm Dokusan ends

4.40 pm Closing ceremony

5.00 pm Final clean up

6.00 pm dinner

7.00 pm dinner clean up

7.30 pm home

General Information

Cost:

Costs are suggested donations and include food and availability to overnight at the Zendo. Please bring your own bedding and toiletries.

Tuesday $ 30.00

Wednesday $ 60.00 BYO lunch

Thursday $ 90.00

Friday $ 90.00

Saturday $ 90.00

or as one can afford.

For participants needing a price concession, please discuss this with our treasure Wayne Anderson

Venue:

Aspley Zendo.  The address will be given upon registration.

Registration and banking details:

Please fill in the registration form listed at the bottom of the retreat drop down menu on this website.