Our next retreat:
upcoming Retreat Dates in 2019-20
2-Day Retreat with Zen Master Soeng Hyang, October 26-27
College Retreat with Zen Master Bon Yeon, November 2
2-Day Retreat with Zen Master Bon Shim, November 9-10
1-Day Retreat with Zen Master Bon Yeon, December 15
2-Day Retreat with Matt Keeler JDPSN, January 11-12
Meditation retreats provide a rare opportunity to investigate your life for an extended period of time. Through this investigation, you can more easily access your inherent wisdom and compassion.
We offer a variety of one-day and multi-day retreats. One-day retreats are especially suitable for those who have never participated in a retreat.
We also host retreats for Boston-area college students two times each year; these provide students an opportunity to engage in Zen training in the company of peers.
Multi-day retreats, known as “Yong Maeng Jong Jin” retreats, last two or more days. "Yong Maeng Jong Jin" is a traditional phrase that means “to leap like a tiger while sitting.” Anyone can make this leap and transform their life.
WHat TO EXPECT
Retreats are held in silence and consist of sitting and walking meditations, bowing, chanting, formal meals, work practice and one-on-one kong-an interviews with a teacher.
SATURDAY from 4.30 AM (for experienced practitioners) or 8 AM (for newcomers) until 9.45 PM
SUNDAY from 4.30 (for experienced practitioners) or 8 AM (for newcomers) until 3.30 PM followed by refreshments (ending times on Sunday can vary on the teacher’s discretion)
NEWCOMERS: Those who have never sat a retreat in our school, please arrive at 8 AM on the day you’re sitting. We strongly advise newcomers to go through orientation first before joining the retreat. Orientation starts at 8.15 AM sharp on both days of the retreat.
EXPERIENCED PRACTITIONERS: The retreat begins at 4:30 AM on Saturday and Sunday. If you are coming from a distance, it is possible to enter at 8:00 AM, or arrive the day before and stay overnight.
You can conveniently register online. Please note that online registration closes at NOON on the Thursday prior to the retreat; and for the college retreat at NOON on the Friday before the retreat. We cannot accommodate late registration.
If you have any questions, please email Bo-Mi Choi at email@example.com.
Retreat Fees Until November 2019
$65 per day for the general public
$45 per day for members in good standing in the Kwan Um School of Zen and seniors
$35 for college and graduate students (ID required) and members in good standing in the Kwan Um School of Zen and who have 10 precepts
NEW RETREAT FEES Starting DECEMBER 2019
$75.00 per day for the general public
$55 per day for members in good standing in the Kwan Um School of Zen and seniors
$45 per day for college and graduate students (ID required) and members in good standing in the Kwan Um School of Zen and who have 10 precepts
Overnight Retreat Lodging
Those who live close to Cambridge Zen Center may wish to sleep at home during retreats. If you prefer to stay at the Zen center, overnight lodging is included in your retreat fee. You must arrange accommodations in advance through the online registration form.
What you'll need - and WOn't need
Please wear comfortable and loose clothing. You may want to bring extra layers and socks in the winter months.
If you stay overnight, please bring personal items such as toiletries, medicine, and sleepwear, etc.
Bedding and towels are provided.
You can bring an alarm clock but there will be somebody going around the Main House waking people up at 4.30 AM.
You won't need your computer or any other electronic devices. Please leave your phone switched off in your room or the coat room.