Mini Sesshin 

Mini-Sesshin Saturday Friday 29 April – Monday 2nd 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.


Zoom Link is:

Meeting ID: 224 076 089
Passcode: 358071

NB: Please arrange suitable virtual dokusan / interview times directly with your chosen teacher

Friday 29th April 2022 7pm

06.58 pm                     OPEN ZOOM

07.00pm                      Welcome to Minisesshin (Richard W)
Offering Respect & Sangemon
07.25pm                      Kinhin
07.30 pm                     Sitting
07.55pm                      Kinhin
8.00pm                        Sitting
8.25pm                        Closing recitations:

Hakuin Zenji’s Song of Zazen, Four Great Vows, Exhortation with Bells, Sampai

08.30pm ~                   CLOSE OF ZOOM

Saturday 30th April, Sunday 1st May, Monday 2nd May 2022

06.58 am                     OPEN ZOOM
07.00am                      Sitting
07.10 am                     Kentan – Saturday Cecilie; Sunday Mervyn; Monday Richard W.
07.25 am                     Kinhin
07.30 am                     Sitting
07.55 am                     Kinhin
08.00 am                     Sitting
08.25 am                     Kinhin
08.30 am                     TEISHO
Gatha on Opening the Dharma
Saturday Cecilie; Sunday Mervyn; Monday Richard W)
Kinhin, Sitting
09.20am                    Morning Recitations: Wondrous is the Robe of Liberation; San ki-rai-mon, Three
Pure Precepts, Ten Prohibitory Precepts, Four Great Vows; Sampai.
~9.30am                      CLOSE OF ZOOM

(Adjust according to your own circumstances but make it a time of continuous practice)

09.30 am                     Breakfast / Samu (work period)
10.30 – 11.30am         Sitting with Kinhin

12.00 noon                  ZOOM for 1 hour 12.00-1.00am:
1.00 pm                       Metta Practice

2.00-3.00pm                Sitting with Kinhin
3.00- 5.00pm               Samu, solitary walk, stretching, free sitting

06.28 pm                     OPEN ZOOM
06.30pm                      Sitting
06.55pm                      Kinhin
07.30pm                      Sitting
07.25pm                      Kinhin
07.30 pm                     Gatha on Opening the Dharma
Teisho: Saturday Sue; Sunday Richard H
Monday 2nd May:  GROUP SHARING
Closing recitations:
Hakuin Zenji’s Song of Zazen, Four Great Vows, Final Exhortation, Sampai08.45pm~                    CLOSE OF ZOOM

Online Resources:

– Recitation for Virtual Sesshin
– Zen Sitting Meditation – Timely Reminders

– Please let us know if you plan to attend and what sessions you are planning to attend, by filling out our registration form
– Attendance is by donation (there is no set fee and any contributions appreciated)

About Mini Sesshin:

Sesshin (lit: to touch the heart-mind) is a period of intensive meditation practice and training. Mini Sesshin 2022 will incorporate three Zoom sitting periods daily to which all are invited to attend. Individual practice according to the schedule and Dokusan (as arranged with your teacher) will occur outside of this.

For those new to Zen,  a practice interview / orientation with a teacher is available upon request. Please contact to arrange.


(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