Mini Sesshin 

Mini-Sesshin Saturday 1st – Monday 3rd May

Sesshin (lit. to touch the heart-mind) is a meditation retreat with daily Teisho (talk on a Zen Koan) and Dokusan (private interview with a teacher). This year our Mini-Sesshin is online and all are welcome to attend as can.

Online component for Saturday and Sunday will be between 9-11 a.m. approx in morning & 7 – 8.30 p.m. in evening. Monday will be between 6.30 and 7.45 a.m.

The Zoom link is the same as our normal Monday night meeting (we ask you to please log on five minutes prior for each session) Meeting ID: 224 076 089 Passcode: 358071

– Dokusan is to be arranged with teachers
– Cost is by donation (all contributions are appreciated)
– Chant sheet is available here: Mini Sesshin Sutra Sheet 
– All welcome & if you are new to Zen or meditation we suggest you contact us

Mini-Sesshin Schedule 


Early Sitting – own timing, suggest 6.30- 7.30 am (not Zoom)

9am – 11 am approx

9.00am Chants
Wondrous is the Robe of Liberation x 3, San-ki -rai-mon, 3 Pure Precepts, 10 Prohibitory Precepts
2 x 25 minute zazen with kinhin
10.10 am approx after Kinhin
Chant : Gatha on opening the Dharma
Followed by
Teisho (Teacher’s address on a Koan) 

Approx. 11 am
The Four Great Vows
               All Buddhas throughout space and time
Close of ZOOM Link

Participants are encouraged to try to make it ‘quiet time’ and to find zazen time in the afternoon

7pm       Chants  Offering Respect, Sangemon x3
               2 x 25 min zazen with kinhin

8pm approx.
               Hakuin Zenji’s Song of Zazen
               4 Great Vows
               Final Exhortation
Close of Zoom link

MONDAY 3rd MAY approx. 6.30 to 7.45am

6.30am Wondrous is the Robe of Liberation x3 , San-ki -rai-mon,  3 Pure Precepts, 10 Prohibitory Precepts
2 x 25 minute zazen with kinhin

Conclusion         Heart Sutra
                              4 Great Vows
Sharing (participant discussion)

PDF of Schedule available on this link: May Mini-Sesshin Schedule


(Schedule and details below are for information only –  from previous years when event was in-person)


05:00 pm    Arrive and Set up Zendo

05:30 pm    Evening meal

06.25 pm    Enter Zendo

06.30 pm    Sitting begins

07.30 pm    Introduction to Sesshin, new people are requested to attend.


08.40 pm    Closing Recitations


Saturday and Sunday

05.25 am    Drum/bell

05.30 am    Rise (hand bell)

05.55 am    Enter Zendo

06.00 am    Sitting begins

06.30 am    Dokusan begins

07.20 am    Dokusan ends

07.30 am    Morning Recitation

07.45 am    Breakfast followed by Samu (work period)

08.45 am    Samu ends followed by morning break

09.25 am    Enter Zendo

09.30 am    Sitting begins

10.00 am    Teisho followed by sitting

12:00 pm    Midday meal followed by lunch break

01.55 pm    Enter Zendo

02.00 pm    Sitting begins

03.00 pm    Dokusan begins

04.30 pm    Dokusan ends

04.40 pm    Afternoon Recitations

05.00 pm    Evening meal followed by evening break

06.25 pm    Enter Zendo

06.30 pm    Sitting begins

07.00 pm    Dokusan begins

08.30 pm    Dokusan ends

08.45 pm    Closing Recitations

09.00 pm    Bed


05.25 am    Drum/bell

05.30 am    Rise (hand bell)

05.55 am    Enter Zendo

06.00 am    Sitting begins              

06.30 am    Dokusan

07.20 am    Dokusan ends

Close    Closing remarks and Closing Ceremony / Final Clean Up

09.00 am – 11.00 am    Brunch / gathering

Final Clean up

11.00 am    Home

Mini Sesshin

Information sheet 

Please fill in a registration form listed at the bottom of the retreat drop down menu.

Fees: $90 per day (or part thereof) includes all meals and other costs.
Half price concession for full time students and pensioners. See note below.
Those participating for only part of the Sesshin, please pay a proportion of the costs.[if wishing to calculate part-day divide day into 3 sessions i.e. first session = start of day – breakfast second session = after breakfast until lunch, third session = from lunch until close of day).
Note: All fees can be paid on the day or deposited into our bank account as below.
As per our policy, no one is excluded from attending our events based on the inability to pay.
Further concessions are available upon request.
Lunch: Non vegetarian, please advise of any allergies or food restrictions.
Registration: Please fill in the on-line registration form
Location: Unless otherwise stated North Brisbane Zendo. Full details will be given after your RSVP.
What to bring: Loose fitting clothing that is modest, neutral in colour  and that can be layered such as cardigans or shawls.  Chairs, meditation stools, meditation cushions and mats will be provided.
  If overnighting, please bring sleeping bag, mattress and toiletries.
Cancellations: The Sesshin can be cancelled at short notice. Please keep an eye on our website. If RSVP’d notice will be given and a full refund provided.

Banking details:    

Name of Account: Sun Mountain Zen
Account Number: 10166486
BSB: 064 163
Reference: Your name followed by Zenkai or Zen lectures