Weekly Practice Schedule

Morning practice sessions begin with 108 prostrations, then the Morning Bell Chant and ending with a 30-minute sitting period. Evenings consist of 4 chants and one sitting period. Wednesday evenings include a Dharma talk and introduction to Zen meditation. Monday mid-day practice has one sitting period, 2 chants, and an informal discussion. Most Saturday mornings include private kong-an (koan) interviews with Zen Master Bon Soeng, or a guest teacher in the Kwan Um School of Zen. All practice sessions are free and open to all, regardless of experience level or personal faith.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

6:15 – 7:30am 11:00am – 12p
6:15 – 7:30am 6:15 – 7:30am 6:15 – 7:30am 6:15 – 7:30am 7–9am (Interviews w/ Zen Master Bon Seong) 7:00 - 8:15am
7:00–8:10pm 7:00–8:10pm 7:00–9:00pm Beginners Night: instruction and Q&A 7:00–8:10pm 7:00–8:10pm No Evening Practice No Evening Practice

Retreats

3 Day Retreats (Yong Maeng Jong Jin)  are held onsite at Empty Gate Zen Center and typically run from Friday at 9:00 am until Sunday noon. Meals and dormitory-style accommodations are provided. The Friday and Saturday evenings finish at 9:30pm and Saturday and Sunday begin at 6:00am.

One Day Retreats is an abbreviated version of Yong Maeng Jong Jin. The schedule consist of sitting and walking meditation from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm which includes an informal meal.

Most retreats are held in silence, with the exception of kidos or chanting retreats, and consist of bowing, sitting, walking, and chanting Zen, plus formal interviews with Zen Master Bon Soeng or a visiting Kwan Um teacher. Retreats are open to all, but please contact the Zen center beforehand if you are sitting for the first time.

To sign up for a retreat email our Head Dharma Teacher.  
To learn more about our school's retreat styles, visit here.

 


2014 Retreat Dates

(Unless otherwise noted, retreats are led by Zen Master Bon Soeng)

Apr 19  One day retreat
May 16-18  Three day retreat (YMJJ) - led by Zen Master Soeng Hyang (Bobby Rhodes)
June 21  One day retreat
July 18-20  Three day retreat (YMJJ)
Aug 16-17  Annual work retreat
Sept 19-21  Three day retreat (YMJJ)


Retreat Schedules

3 Day Retreat

Friday

9:30 am 108 Bows 
10:00 - 12:30 Sitting and Walking Meditation 
12:40 Lunch 
1:00 - 2:00 Break Period 
2:00 - 4:30 Sitting and Walking Meditation 
4:30 - 5:30 Break Period 
5:30 Dinner 
6:00 - 6:30 Short Break 
6:30 - 7:30 Chanting 
7:30 - 9:20 Sitting and Walking Meditation 
9:20 - 9:30 Chanting

Saturday

5:45 am Wake-up Bell
6:00 108 Bows 
6:30 - 6:50 Morning Bell Chant 
6:50 - 8:00 Sitting and Walking Meditation 
8:10 Breakfast 
8:40 - 9:40 Work Period 
9:40 - 10:00 Break Period 
10:00 - 12:30 Sitting and Walking Meditation 
12:40 Lunch 
1:00 - 2:00 Break Period 
2:00 - 4:30 Sitting and Walking Meditation 
4:30 - 5:30 Break Period 
5:30 Dinner 
6:00 - 6:30 Short Break 
6:30 - 7:30 Chanting 
7:30 - 9:20 Sitting and Walking Meditation 
9:20 - 9:30 Chanting

Sunday

5:45 am Wake-up Bell 
6:00 108 Bows
6:30 - 6:50 Morning Bell Chant 
6:50 - 8:00 Sitting and Walking Meditation 
8:10 Breakfast 
8:40 - 9:40 Work Period 
9:40 - 10:00 Break Period 
10:00 - 11:50 Sitting and Walking Meditation 
12:00 - 12:30 Circle Talk 
12:30 Lunch

One Day Retreat

9:00 am  108 Bows
9:30 - 12:00  Sitting and Walking Meditation
12:00  Lunch
12:40 - 1:20  Work Period
1:30 - 4:00  Sitting and Walking Meditation
4:00  Closing Circle talk


Retreat Fees

Non-members: $50 (full day), $30 (half day), $130 (weekend YMJJ) Want to become a member?
Members and Students: $40 (full day), $25 (half day), $105 (weekend YMJJ)
Dharma Teachers / DT-in-training: $30 (full day), $20 (half day), $80 (weekend YMJJ)

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