Set aside all involvements and let the myriad things rest.
Zazen is not thinking of good, not thinking of bad.
It is not conscious endeavour. It is not introspection.
Do not desire to become a Buddha; let sitting or lying down drop away.
Be mindful of the passing of time and
engage yourself in zazen as though
you are saving your head from fire.
Zen Master Dogen (1200-1253)
There are usually at least four annual retreats known as Sesshins. The Sesshin in January and the Sesshin in July each last five days and the Spring and Autumn Sesshins last three days. Retreats are usually held at St Cassian’s Centre, Hungerford or at The Oxford Zen Centre Zendo, 12 Mortimer Drive, Oxford.
Sesshins offer people a chance to deepen their practice in intensive sitting which includes interviews with the teacher in Dokusan, a yoga and work period, meal times and free time. This long sitting together creates a dynamic spirituality and sitting power and although it is by no means easy, Zen practitioners welcome Sesshins with appreciation and a deep sense of blessing. Email Sandy Chubb for more information about UK retreats and email John Gaynor for more information about retreats in Germany and Italy.
Dates of Retreats in 2022
FEBRUARY: Monday 14th – Thursday 17th at St Cassian’s Centre, Kintbury (aka Kintbury Experience), Hungerford, Berkshire, RG17 9SR.
APRIL: Tuesday 12th – Wednesday 13th at Meditatio, St Mark’s Church, Islington, EC1R 1XX. Orientation Sesshin for newcomers.
JULY: Monday 4th – Thursday 7th at St Cassian’s Centre, Kintbury (aka Kintbury Experience), Hungerford, Berkshire, RG17 9SR.
OCTOBER: Monday 24th – Thursday 27th at The Oxford Zendo, 12 Mortimer Drive, Old Marston, Oxford, OX3 0RR.
The above retreats are led by Sandy Chubb.
Details of the St Cassian’s Centre can be found here.
Details of Meditatio can be found here.