Spring Sesshin – Knocking on Emptiness (April 3 – 8)

During this retreat Genko Kathy Blackman and our Abbot, Koshin Christopher Cain, will be giving talks on the poems of two 17th Century Chinese women Zen teachers. The poems and life stories of these nuns, recently discovered and published by Beata Grant in her book, Daughters of Emptiness, show the wisdom and grace of women teachers during a time in which nuns were given an uncommon degree of respect in the Buddhist world.

To listen to a podcast interview with Koshin and author Beata Grant, click here.

Please join us at Camp Sealth from Tuesday, April 3 to Sunday, April 8, 2018.

Is this your first retreat? Are you wondering if you should do this?

You can come for the whole five days, or attend one or more days. The public is welcome to drop in to the dharma talks at 10 am each day. You can email registrar@pszc.org with questions about what might work, or questions about what a retreat is like.

These are retreats in the formal Rinzai Zen sense, which means a day from 4:30am-9:00pm filled with 25 minute intervals of sitting, walking meditation around Camp Sealth, breaks for personal time and bodywork activities like qi gong. Simple vegetarian meals will be served. While we cannot accommodate food preferences, please let the registrar know at registrar@pszc.org as soon as possible if you have a serious food allergy. A detailed schedule can be found at the bottom of this page.

There are also two dharma talks per day by the teacher, and a chance to meet with the teacher and talk about your practice if you want to.

Lodging is dormitory style, in the camp Sealth cabins, which are usually 2-4 to a room.

Wrangler Lodge  at Camp Sealth, 14500 SW Camp Sealth Rd, off of Wax Orchard Rd. Enter Camp Sealth and continue straight until you see a black Z sign.

Practicing with a group for a long period of time like this is a great way to strengthen your practice, and to really take a step back from your everyday life. We hope you can join us.

Fees and registration: $385 non-members/$310 PSZC members. Partial attendance – $80/day. Scholarship funds are available as well–contact trez@pszc.org.






5:00pm – arrival
6:00 – dinner
7:00 – zazen
8:30 – tea & chanting, closing

Thursday – Saturday:
4:30am – wake up
5:00 – tea & chanting, zazen
7:15 – breakfast
7:45 – break
8:30 – zazen
10:15 – Dharma talk, zazen (teacher meeting)
12:30pm – lunch
1:00 – samu
1:30 – break
2:15 – zazen, tea, chanting, zazen (long sitting)
4:45 – qi-gong
5:15 – dinner
5:45 – break
6:30 – gyodo, Dharma talk, zazen (teacher meeting)
8:30 – tea & chanting, closing

4:30am – wake up
5:00 – tea & chanting, zazen
7:15 – breakfast
7:45 – break
8:30 – qi gong
9:00 – zazen
10:15 – Dharma talk, zazen (teacher meeting)
12:00pm – lunch
12:30 – samu
1:00 – break
1:30 – zazen (long sitting)
2:30 – closing, informal gathering
3:00 – pack up and depart