ONLINE MEDITATION RETREAT

November 20th - 22nd


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 3 Day November 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. 

FAQ

 

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. 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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3 Day Online Retreat Schedule

 

Friday

9:30 (Pacific Time) 108 Bows
10:00 Sitting (Orientation)
10:30 Walking meditation
10:40 Sitting
11:10 Walking meditation
11:20 Sitting
11:50 Walking meditation
12:00 Sitting
12:30 Break
1:30 Sitting
2:00 Walking meditation
2:10 Sitting
2:40 Walking meditation
2:50 Sitting
3:20 Walking
3:30 Sitting
4:00 Break
5:30 Chanting
6:30 Sitting
7:00 Walking meditation
7:10 Sitting
7:40 Walking meditation
7:50 Sitting
8:20 Chanting/4 great vows

Saturday

6:00 108 Bows
6:30 Chanting
6:50 Sitting
7:20 Walking meditation
7:30 Sitting meditation
8:00 Break
9:30 Sitting
10:00 Walking meditation
10:10 Sitting
10:40 Walking meditation
10:50 Sitting
11:20 Walking meditation
11:30 Sitting
12:00 Break
1:00 Sitting
1:30 Walking meditation
1:40 Sitting
2:10 Walking meditation
2:20 Sitting
2:50 Walking meditation
3:00 Sitting
3:30 Break
5:30 Chanting
6:30 Sitting
7:00 Walking meditation
7:10 Sitting
7:40 Walking meditation
7:50 Sitting
8:20 Chanting/4 great vows

Sunday

6:00 108 Bows
6:30 Chanting
6:50 Sitting
7:20 Walking meditation
7:30 Sitting meditation
8:00 Break
9:30 Sitting
10:00 Walking meditation
10:10 Sitting
10:40 Walking meditation
10:50 Sitting
11:20 Walking meditation
11:30 Sitting
12:00 Circle Talk

 

To register for the 3 Day Retreat, visit the the 3 Day Retreat Registration Page.