October 17th

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.

Register For The 1 Day October Retreat

Empty Gate Zen Center has closed and canceled all public practices due to the COVID-19 situation. Retreats will be held online until further notice. 



Question: What if I can't sit the whole retreat?
Answer: You can join the retreat for as little or as much as you want. You can also 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 after you have registered. If you don't have Zoom installed on your device, you can download it here. If you're confused about the schedule, don't worry. Just show up and follow along.

Question: What will be the schedule?
Answer: See the 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 using 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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1 Day Online Retreat Schedule

9:00am: Orientation (Check for your time zone here)
9:30am - 12:00pm: Sitting and Walking Meditation
12:00pm: Lunch
1:00pm - 3:30pm: Sitting and Walking Meditation
3:30pm - Closing Circle talk


To register for the 1 Day Retreat, visit the the 1 Day Retreat Registration Page.