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Practice Period at Hokyoji

Led by Joen and Michael O’Neal and Hokyoji Guiding Teacher Dokai Georgesen, this practice period offers participants an opportunity to deepen their Zen practice in a variety of forms over the course of seven days.

A sesshin (literally, “to gather or collect the mind”) is a time when formal Zen practice is the focus of what we do. Sometimes these are called “retreats,” but we’re actually going forward into the heart of our lives.

The practice will include sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks, study time, yoga and mindful movement, deep relaxation, vegetarian meals, work practice, and Dharma discussion. There will be opportunities for individual meetings with teachers.

Hokyoji has completed two new buildings—a Practitioners' Hall and guest house. This is a wonderful practice opportunity.

Fee includes lodging, meals, and program expenses.

We will also be offering an option for partial participation by Zoom, by donation

Seven-day practice period:
Monday, Aug. 30, 5:00 P.M.–Monday, Sept. 6, 2:00 P.M.
Weekend only:
Friday, Sept. 3, 5:00 P.M.–Monday, Sept. 6, 2:00 P.M.

Zoom Option:
Tuesday, Aug. 31–Sunday, Sept. 5, 6:00–7:30 A.M.; 7:00–9:00 P.M.


Southeastern Minnesota, near New Albin, Iowa
$80/night (members $70/night)
Zoom option fee is by donation.

Register online. Enter the appropriate amount under Program Fees: Retreats

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Weekend Sesshin schedule:
(Weekday practice period schedule is somewhat more open)

5:30 am Wake up
6:00 am Zazen*
6:30 am Kinhin*
6:40 am Zazen*
7:10 am Morning Service*
7:30 am Oryoki Breakfast
8:15 am Dishes/Soji

11:00 am Zazen
11:40 am Noon Service
12:00 pm Oryoki Lunch
12:45 pm Dishes/Soji

2:15 pm Work Period
3:15 pm Tea/Showers
4:00 pm Zazen
4:35 pm Kinhin
4:45 pm Zazen
5:20 pm Evening Service
6:00 pm Oryoki Supper
6:15 pm Dishes/Soji

7:00 pm Zazen*
7:30 pm Kinhin*
7:45 pm Dharma Talk*
8:45 pm Closing Chant*

*offered for Zoom participation

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