Sesshin(literally, "touching the heart") are highly structured, intensive periods of silent group practice with approximately ten hours of meditation each day. It is a practice designed to challenge and deepen one's practice, and there is no better way to explore and awaken to the heart of Zen, which is ultimately the heart of everything.
Note: Previous Zen meditation experience and an established meditation practice are required to participate in a sesshin. If you have not been to NZC before, plan to attend a Sunday Open Zen session or an Intro to Zen workshop before requesting a sesshin application.
Retreatsare less intense than sesshins, involve approximately six hours of meditation per day, and include a full schedule of zazen, group study sessions, and work practice.
In addition to the meditation hall, communal spaces, and the outdoor garden with a walking path, NZC accommodations include several second floor sleeping rooms (accessed via stairs) that serve as shared dorm space for retreat and sesshin participants. Vegetarian meals are provided. Meal preparation, eating formal and informal meals together, and kitchen clean-up are part of the daily practice.
Outside of dharma talks and dokusan (individual meetings with a teacher), sesshins and retreats take place within a container of silence. Participants are expected to begin and end the retreat/sesshin with the group, follow the schedule, and uphold the practice forms and guidelines that are intentionally designed to support harmonious group practice.
A Note Regarding Teacher Dana: Our teachers, Dosho and Tetsugan, do not receive payment from Nebraska Zen Center for leading sesshin and retreats but rely on "teacher dana" for compensation. $30 per day of sesshin/retreat is the suggested dana per person; if your financial circumstances allow for more or less than that amount, your gift will be received with gratitude.
Remaining Retreats and Sesshin for 2019:
~ Rohatsu Sesshin: Sunday, December 8, 6:30pm - Saturday, December 14, 12:00pm Registration and payment deadline: Sunday, November 24
Standard rate: $320; Sustaining Member rate: $290; Supporting Member rate: $250 The sesshin includes five dharma talks, daily opportunities for dokusan (face-to-face meetings with a teacher), a daily group work period, lodging (shared rooms) & 17 meals.
~ As of 11/4, this sesshin is full and registration is now closed. If you are interested in attending and would like to be added to the waitlist, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register: 1. Send an email to email@example.com to request an application. 2. Submit your completed application and wait to hear from us. 3. Once you have received email confirmation that your application has been approved, submit your payment via PayPal or check by the registration deadline to reserve a space. Note: If you submit payment before your application has been approved, it will be returned to you, less any fees incurred by NZC.
Refund Policy: Your payment reserves a space for you in the sesshin/retreat. Due to the advanced planning and preparation required to host sesshin/retreats, registration fees are no longer refundable after the registration deadline has passed. If a registrant cancels before the registration deadline, the fee is refundable, less a $25 administrative fee and any additional fees incurred by NZC (i.e. PayPal fees). If your application is not approved for any reason, or the sesshin is canceled, the fee will be returned to you in full, less any fees incurred by NZC (i.e. PayPal fees).