Kannon Do will host a One Day Sitting Retreat. A meditation retreat provides an opportunity to practice for an extended period in a quiet, supportive atmosphere, free from the usual distractions of everyday life. Community members are welcome to join in part or in full.
What are the Guidelines for a Retreat?
To help maintain mindfulness during retreats, we make the following suggestions:
- Please help us maintain silence during retreats by speaking only if necessary, for instance about meal preparation. If you find it necessary to have a conversation, please do so outside Kannon Do so as not to disturb others.
- Please refrain from reading and writing except during the study period.
- Each activity (meditation, meals, work period) is closed with a group bow. If you need to leave after an activity, please do so after bowing with the group.
- Be aware that the telephone can be a great distraction. If you find it necessary to use the phone, please do so outside the hearing of others.
- During the breaks following meals, you can use the Zendo to rest or stretch, or you can walk outside. During breaks, you can also help to wash and dry dishes or put away food.
- In addition to break times, you can use kinhin (walking meditation) periods to visit the restrooms.
What should I know about meals during a retreat?
During retreats we take our meals in a traditional monastic style called "Oryoki". If you will be staying for one or more meals, please indicate which ones on the sign-up sheet by the zendo door.
When you arrive at sesshin, take a set of Oryoki bowls from the table, identifying it by writing your name on the wooden stick provided.
Keep the Oryoki at your seat during sesshin, and when you leave, return the Oryoki to the table.
If you are unfamiliar with the use of Oryoki, don’t be concerned about getting it “right.” Try to follow along with someone who understands the practice. Often an Oryoki instruction session will be held during the week before sesshin.