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. Vegetarian 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 vegetarian 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.

If you are new to retreats or to the center, please see our Retreat Orientation, or download the PDF

To register for a retreat, visit our Retreat Registration Page

To learn more about our school's retreat styles, visit here.


2017 Retreat Dates

November 17 - 19  Three day retreat (YMJJ) led by Zen Master Bon Soeng (Register Now)
December 16  One day retreat led by Zen Master Bon Soeng

2018 Retreat Dates

January 26 - 28  Three day retreat (YMJJ) led by Jason Quinn JDPSN 
February 23 - March 3  Annual 8 day Retreat led by Zen Master Bon Soeng
April 21  One day retreat led by Jason Quinn JDPSN 
May 18 - 20  Three day retreat (YMJJ) led by Zen Master Soeng Hyang
June 16  One day retreat led by Zen Master Bon Soeng
July 20 - 22  Three day retreat (YMJJ) led by Jason Quinn JDPSN 
August 18 - 19  Work retreat
September 14 - 16  Three day retreat (YMJJ) led by Zen Master Bon Soeng
October 20  One day retreat led by Jason Quinn JDPSN 
November 16 - 18  Three day retreat (YMJJ) led by Zen Master Bon Soeng
December 15  One day retreat led by Zen Master Bon Soeng


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

8 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 - Friday 

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

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 Circle Talk


Retreat Fees

Non-members: $60 (per day) / $30 (Sunday) Want to become a member?
Members and Students: $45 (per day) / $25 (Sunday)
Dharma Teachers / DT-in-training: $35 (per day) / $20 (Sunday) 

Register on our Retreat Registration Page