Be kind to yourself.
Daishu-in West welcomes new and experienced practitioners for retreats of any length. First-time visitors are encouraged to become acquainted with the temple over two or three days. Everyone needs an opportunity to move beyond their usual patterns and challenge themselves. Living in a simple, structured way gives us the freedom to look within and recognize the wholeness that eternally is.
A retreat of one or two days provides visitors an introduction to the monastic rhythm of Daishu-in West. Visitors will get a taste of committed meditation and an opportunity to experience the simplicity, clarity and openness that come with training the body and mind.
Here is an example schedule:
Arrive in the morning by 11:30 a.m.
12:00 p.m. Lunch (rice, miso soup and vegetables)
6:00-8:30 Zazen (Zen meditation)
5:00 a.m. Sutras (chanting/puja)
Arrival and departure day and time are flexible. Please call the temple to make arrangements that fit your schedule.
Recommended donation: ~$100. Donation is sliding scale based on ability to pay. Work-trade is also available.
What to bring
Dark, loose-fitting clothing.
Shoes. One pair you can easily slide on and off. People staying more than a few days will require a sturdy pair of shoes as well.
Rain gear (winter).