Sesshin (meditation retreat)

Sitting meditation in SeattleThree Treasures Sangha typically holds two, seven-day sesshin each year.

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). If you have no prior sesshin experience, you will probably first want to attend one of the shorter retreats (zazenkai) in Seattle.


Shorter zazenkais are held at Dharma Gate throughout the year to balance the longer and more strenuous spring and fall sesshins. The Zen Center of Spokane also offers two shorter retreats taught by Jack Duffy.

See our Calendar for more information.