"Sesshin" (literally, "touching the heart") are intensive periods of practice with approximately ten hours of meditation each day. There is no better way to dive deeply into Zen and awakening.
"Retreats" - less intense than sesshins - usually involve about six hours of meditation, but typically include a full schedule of study and work.
**If you are interested in participating in any of the sesshins or retreats below (other than the Day of Zen - no application is required for that event), first contact Dosho and Tetsugan at email@example.com and request an application. Then, complete and submit the application. When you have been notified that your application has been reviewed and accepted, make your payment by the registration deadline.**
Please note: Dosho and Tetsugan do not receive payment from Nebraska Zen Center for leading retreats but rely on "teacher dana" for compensation. $30 per day of retreat is the suggested dana per person, but if your financial circumstances allow for more or less than that amount, your gift will be received with gratitude.
A Day of Zazen, Sunday, February 4, 9:00am-4:30pm Join us for eight periods of zazen, oryoki lunch (instruction will be provided), and dokusan (meeting with a teacher). This mini-retreat is recommended for everyone, including those interested in starting sesshin practice. No application is required for this event. To register, submit your payment via PayPal or by check by the registration deadline. Registration and payment deadline: Sunday, January 28 Fee: $40; Sustaining Member, $35; Supporting Member, $30
February Sesshin (Presidents' Day Weekend): Friday, February 16, 7pm - Sunday, February 18, 12pm Registration and payment deadline: Thursday, February 8 Fees: $90; Sustaining Members, $80; Supporting Members, $70
Taking Refuge Retreat: Thursday, March 15, 7pm - Sunday, March 18, 12pm Registration and payment deadline: Thursday, March 8 Fees: $135; Sustaining Members, $120; Supporting Members, $100 OR for those also taking the Ten Precepts class (20% discount): Fee for both retreat and class: $265; Sustaining Members, $235; Supporting Members, $210\
This retreat will focus on the heart of entering the Buddha way - taking refuge in Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. The day is more relaxed than a sesshin and will focus more on study. If you are interested in receiving the precepts formally (jukai), this is an important opportunity.
May Sesshin: Thursday, May 3, 7pm - Sunday, May 6, 12pm Registration and payment deadline: Thursday, April 26 Fees: $135; Sustaining Members, $120; Supporting Members, $100
Summer Practice Period: : The Luminous Teaching of Zen Master Hakuin Saturday, July 14, 7pm - Friday, August 3, 4pm (for participation options, see below) Registration and payment deadline: Friday, June 29
Participation options and fees:
1. Full participation: Saturday, July 14, 7pm - Friday, August 3, 4pm Fees: $630; Sustaining Members, $565; Supporting Members, $475
2. Week 1 (practice period schedule): Saturday, July 14, 7pm - Friday, July 20, 9pm Fees: $270; Sustaining Members, $245; Supporting Members, $205