AUGUST 9-11 WEEKEND ZEN SESSHIN. Teacher: Dan Dorsey. Rates:
$190/shared, $150 commuter.
note: The August sesshin has been changed to a weekend sesshin.
retreat will start with
arrival on Friday afternoon, August 9th and
will end with lunch at noon
DEADLINE for this retreat is noon on July 29th.
At the bottom of
this email is a registration form that you can print
out and send in or
send via email. Or you may contact Carmen Patterson
520.744.3400 x 7111 (toll free:
866.737.5751) to register or if you
have any questions/concerns.
Please read the information below.
Everyone is expected to participate
fully in the schedule unless prior
arrangements have been
Sesshin means "to touch the mind," and is a traditional silent
in the Zen Buddhist tradition. Sesshin is an opportunity to
practice, strengthened by the presence of others
doing the same.
We practice alone and together; seek harmony between
body and mind,
between the individual and the group. We
emphasize doing things
as one way to help each other
realize this harmony.
Each day of sesshin includes zazen (seated
focused awareness), kinhin
(walking meditation), silent meals, sutras,
dokusan (private interviews
with the teacher), teisho (talk given by
the Roshi or teacher, and samu
There are four blocks of meditation:
early morning, mid-morning,
afternoon, and evening. Each block is
broken up into several periods of
25 minutes of sitting followed by a
minimum of five minutes of kinhin.
There is at least one longer walk
together outside. Each participant
a daily work
assignment as a way to bring our meditation practice up
of our cushions and into every-day life. Please bring
clothing for kitchen/cleaning and light outside
It is expected that everyone will participate fully in the daily
unless prior arrangements have been made with the
Sesshin begins with supper at 6:00 on the first
evening, followed by
cautions (orientation) at 7:30 pm. All
participants must attend
and meet with the karmadana
(work coordinator) before the beginning
Zazen 5:30 a.m.
Kentan 5:50 a.m.
Breakfast 8:00 a.m.
Work, Rest 8:30
Sutras 10:00 a.m.
Zazen 10:30 a.m.
Work, Rest 12:30 p.m.
Teisho 3:00 p.m.
Kinhin/Zazen 3:30 pm
Extended Kinhin 5:00 p.m.
Supper 6:00 p.m.
Rest, Work 6:30 p.m.
Dokusan 8:00 p.m.
Closing Ceremony 9:00
What to Bring
Bring solid dark (black, brown, navy
blue) comfortable clothing or
robes. Tank tops and shorts are not
permitted in the zendo (place of
way), but you may wear
them during free time. Refrain from wearing
clothes with patterns and
logos. The zendo is kept on the cool side.
Bring a wrap or sweater
which you may keep at your place in the zendo.
No strong scents or
elaborate jewelry please. Leave pagers, cell
anything that beeps at home except an alarm clock would be helpful.
may also wish to bring a broad-rimmed hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
outside kinhin or samu.
Zen Tradition and Teacher Bios
Dorsey is a Master in the Diamond Sangha. He began practicing Zen
a Zen Soto temple in 1981, where he lived outside of Tokyo
places in Japan for three years. He moved to Tucson, AZ in
joined the Zen Desert Sangha, where he sat sesshins with
Roshi and Robert Aitken Roshi. Dan became Pat Hawk
Roshi's student in
1993 and studied with him until he retired from
teaching in 2012. Pat
Hawk Roshi appointed him an associate teacher in
2010 and Roshi in
He is currently a teacher at Zen
Desert Sangha in Tucson.
Kristen Larson, a Master in the Diamond
Sangha, was a student of Fr.
Hawk Roshi for over 22
years, including over a total of 3 years of
residency in his retreat
centers. She holds a Ph.D. in Adult
from the University of Southern California, where she both
counseled. Kristen founded a sitting group in Port Angeles,
WA in 1994
and began teaching contemplative prayer and Zen in 1996
Pat's supervision. In 1999 Kristen began teaching koan
Pat's guidance and the Port Angeles sitting group became
Sangha (NO Sangha). In 2009 Pat formally certified her as
Teacher of the Diamond Sangha, and in March of 2012
Full Dharma Transmission as a Master of the Diamond
Sangha from Pat
The Redemptorist Renewal Center is sponsored by the
Denver Province. This center is
dedicated to contemplative religious
under the guidance of the Redemptorist community
REGISTRATION FOR ZEN SESSHIN
Dates are subject to
change without notice. Call or E-Mail
Amount Enclosed Sesshin
A $35.00 non-refundable/non-transferable
deposit is required for a
confirmed reservation prior to the retreat.
The balance is due at
check-in. Payment methods include check or you
are welcome to call with
credit card information.
address: Redemptorist Renewal Center
7101 W. Picture Rocks
Tucson, AZ 85743
Coordinator, Pathless Path
7101 West Picture Rocks Road
Ph. 520.744.3400 x