The Village Zendo’s annual Winter Retreat has held special significance for our community as we conclude one year and welcome the next. We will bring Sesshin into our home via Zoom and together cultivate a field of benefaction by sharing the silence of zazen, listening to dharma talks, chanting, doing Interview with teachers and going about the tasks of our daily lives, heart and mind in unison. The retreat will culminate in the traditional ringing of 108 bells to bring in the New Year.
The study text for our Winter Ango will be Dogen’s Uji, or “Being-Time,” a powerfully relevant text that shines light on our own current experience. As so much of the world grapples with great upheaval, reconciling violent history with current events and an uncertain future, Dogen offers us another clear opportunity to wake up to the intimacy of our lives.
Participants may register for the entire retreat, or by the day. Morning zazen will continue to be open to the whole sangha, while the remainder of sesshin will only be available to registered participants. Interviews will be offered every day that you are registered. Orientation will be provided for those that are new to sesshin or the Village Zendo, and recommendations will be given on how to build a strong practice container from home.
All fees are suggested, and if you can’t give the full recommended amount, we hope that you’ll give what you can afford. Your participation is important to us. For questions, please contact our registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come and join the Village Zendo community as we greet the new year with clear minds and open hearts.
- $600 for full sesshin
- $120 per day
- $750 for full sesshin
- $150 per day
- Full Winter Ango – Includes Winter Sesshin (Dec 26-31), Urban Sesshin (Mar 10-13), and Zazenkais between December 26 and March 14
- Members: $1080
- Non-Members: $1300
5:00 Orientation and Q&A
6:30 Ango Entry Ceremony
7:00 Zazen and precautions
7:25 Four Vows
December 27 – December 30
Morning zazen between 7:30 – 9:00 is open to the whole sangha and will take place at our regular online zendo link. The remainder of the day will only be available to registered participants.
7:30 Zazen (Gatha of Atonement ~7:35)
8:25 Verse of the Kesa, stretch
9:00 Work Gatha, Shuso words
Breakfast & Work Practice
11:25 Extended stretch & movement practice
11:50 Morning Service (Heart Sutra, Sho Sai Myo, Ennmei Jukku) followed by announcements
Lunch & Exercise (Cardio, yoga, outdoor kinhin)
2:30 Dharma Talk
3:30 Mondo (Group Q&A with a teacher)
4:15 Evening service (Daihishin Dharani, New Year’s Dharani, Jizo Shingon Dharani)
7:25 4 Vows
Same as above with the following changes and additions to the evening schedule:
6:30 Open Sozan
7:20 108 Bells Ceremony
7:45 4 Vows and announcements
11:00 Zazen (optional)
11:30 Zazen (optional)
Optional and open to the whole sangha.
7:55 Verse of the Kesa, stretch