8-DAY
ZEN RETREAT

February 23rd - March 2nd

Begins Friday 9:30am PT


Retreat is a time to look inside and investigate our life. It is an opportunity to clear our mind of habitual thinking and access our wisdom and compassion.

The retreat will be led by Zen Master Bon Soeng. We are allowing up to 15 people at our Berkeley location (fully vaccinated, masks encouraged [especially for bowing and chanting] negative COVID test required on day of entry, and no cold symptoms: cough, sore throat, runny nose). Everyone is welcome to join us online. Retreat will include bowing, sitting, walking, and 1:1 kong-an interviews. Food will be provided at the Zen center.

 If you are not a Kwan Um School of Zen member or have never sat with us before, please send an email to Jason Quinn JDPSN before registering at [email protected].  

Please register your first day for a full day, if possible. You can register for parts of the retreat afterwards. 

Register For The 8 Day Retreat

ONLINE FAQ

 

Question: What if I can't sit the whole retreat?
Answer: Register for blocks of the retreat, entering and exiting during the breaks. Please commit to the blocks you have signed up for. You can join part of the retreat, leave, and return again later. 

Question: What do I do about meals and breaks?
Answer: There will be a lunch break (see schedule below). Use the walking meditation to use the bathroom and to get a drink of water when needed. 

Question: How do I join the retreat?
Answer: We will be meeting and practicing on Zoom. A link to join the retreat will be sent to your email. If you don't have Zoom installed on your device, you can download it here. https://zoom.us/download. If you're confused about the schedule, don't worry. Just show up and follow along.

Question: What will be the schedule?
Answer: See schedule below. 

Question: What time does the retreat start in my time zone?
Answer: Check for your time zone here

Question: How will I get an interview with the teacher? 
Answer: The teacher will call each person to the "virtual" interview room. This will be a chance to ask any questions you have about practice and to work with kong-ans.

Question: What do I need to do to prepare? 
Answer: Try to find a place to practice where you will not be interrupted. Sit in a place in your home that is quiet. You can set up a small table or bench and set anything on it that inspires you to practice meditation. An example would be a statue, a picture, candle, or incense. This is optional. Sit on a meditation cushion or a pillow. Bring the book, The Whole World Is A Single Flower, if you have it. Keep your speakers on for cues for walking meditation, breaks, interviews, etc.

Question: Can I participate with my phone or tablet?  
Answer: You can participate with a phone or tablet, but a laptop is highly recommended. 

Question: What if I get disconnected from Zoom during the retreat?
Answer: If you get disconnected anytime during the retreat, just click on the Zoom meeting link again to re-join.

Gift For Retreat Teacher


It is traditional to leave a gift for the retreat teacher. You can donate securely here.

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8 Day Online Retreat Schedule

Friday the 23rd

9:30 Orientation/talk
10:00 Sitting
10:30 Walking meditation
10:40 Sitting
11:10 Walking meditation
11:20 Sitting
11:50 Walking meditation
12:00 Sitting
12:30 Break
2:00 Sitting
2:30 Walking meditation
2:40 Sitting
3:10 Walking meditation
2:20 Sitting
3:50 Walking
4:00 Sitting
4:30 Break
6:00 Chanting
7:00 Sitting
7:30 Walking meditation
7:40 Sitting
8:10 Walking meditation
8:20 Sitting
8:50 Chanting/4 great vows

Saturday 24th - Friday 1st

6:00 108 Bows
6:30 Chanting
6:50 Sitting
7:20 Walking meditation
7:30 Sitting meditation
8:00 Break / Work period
10:00 Sitting
10:30 Walking meditation
10:40 Sitting
11:10 Walking meditation
11:20 Sitting
11:50 Walking meditation
12:00 Sitting
12:30 Break
2:00 Sitting
2:30 Walking meditation
2:40 Sitting
3:10 Walking meditation
2:20 Sitting
3:50 Walking
4:00 Sitting
4:30 Break
6:00 Chanting
7:00 Sitting
7:30 Walking meditation
7:40 Sitting
8:10 Walking meditation
8:20 Sitting
8:50 Chanting/4 great vows

Saturday 2nd

6:00 108 Bows
6:30 Chanting
6:50 Sitting
7:20 Walking meditation
7:30 Sitting meditation
8:10 Circle Talk