Sesshin (7-day meditation retreat)

Three Treasures Sangha typically holds two, seven-day sesshin each year.

  • Non-Residential Sesshin with Lee Shields, In Person and Zoom, September 7-14. 2024

These retreats are rigorous and quite demanding, consisting of about 10 hours of zazen (sitting meditation) per day. They are silent except for the teacher’s daily teisho (dharma talk), and for dokusan (practice-related interview with the teacher). Online and part time attendance are welcome.

If you have no prior sesshin experience, feel free to contact us to learn more.

Shorter zazenkais are held at Dharma Gate throughout the year to balance the longer and more strenuous spring and fall sesshins. See our Calendar for more information.

Sesshin General Schedule:

Saturday, September 7
6:45pm-9:00pm instructions, zazen

6:30-8:15am personal zazen at home (no timekeeper)
8:15am work period (home or at Dharma Gate)
8:45am-12:30pm zazen, sutras, dokusan, interviews
12:30-12:55pm lunch
2:25-5:10pm zazen, teisho, dokusan, interviews
end of formal practice for the day
7:30-9:00pm personal zazen at home (no timekeeper)

Saturday, September 14
6:30-8:15am personal zazen at home
8:15am work period (home or at Dharma Gate)
8:45am-12:00pm zazen, sutras, dokusan, interviews
closing ceremony


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