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A sesshin (literally, “to gather the mind”) is a time when formal Zen practice is the primary focus of what we do. Sometimes these are informally called “retreats,” but in actuality they involve going forward into the heart of our lives.


Participation in sesshin is open to community members and others who have had some experience with Buddhist practice and meditation. Each sesshin offers an extended opportunity to settle the mind and body and open to the deep wisdom of human life. These are excellent opportunities to strengthen and deepen the practice of presence, including benefiting from the support of others.

Upcoming Sesshin​s at Compassionate Ocean


Friday, Oct. 4 –  Sunday, Oct. 6

Friday, Nov. 1  –  Sunday, Nov. 3

Weekend sesshins include sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks, a work period, and an opportunity to meet with a teacher. They also include four vegetarian meals, three on Saturday and one on Sunday. Participants typically go home overnight, but can stay at the Center with prior approval. Sesshins begin at 7:00 P.M. Friday night, and conclude Sunday at noon.

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Led by: Genpo and Joen O’Neal

Location: Compassionate Ocean Zen Center

Fee: By Donation



Please register at least one week prior to the start of the sesshin.

You may register online by selecting the button below which corresponds to your preferred

donation method, or by emailing Compassionate Ocean at

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