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Floating Zendo is a place for Soto Zen practice in San Jose, CA and other locations

Sesshin/Retreats

August 2013 Sesshin Flyer

General Sesshin/Retreats at Floating Zendo: Floating Zendo, centered in San Jose, CA, hosts or participates in multiple sesshins (meditation retreats) during each year:

  • Rohatsu (Buddha’s enlightenment)
  • Winter
  • Summer

Floating Zendo hosts one major sesshin of its own each year, typically in August and in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Floating Zendo Sesshin Guidebook (pdf) details the rules, ceremonies, and roles we practice during our sesshin.

We have located our sesshin at affiliated zendos, such as Jikoji in Los Gatos, CA, and at other contemplative environments, such as the Villa Angelica Catholic retreat in Carmel, CA.

Members also attend sesshins held further afield. These retreats are affiliated with sister zendos in the Floating Zendo community surrounding our teacher Angie, with other Soto communities in the San Francisco Bay Area such as Green Gulch, or with communities more loosely related to Floating Zendo such as Insight Meditation Center.

Information about a specific sesshin is posted to the blog on the front page, so details are provided in a timely manner. We typically post the daily schedule (consisting mostly of zazen/sitting, kinhin/walking, and oryoki/eating) and map/location information for those who wish to join us.

We plan sesshin dates and locations up to a year in advance. If you are interested in joining us for the Floating Zendo hosted sesshin, or any others, please contact the shika (registrar) for that sesshin or us.