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.
A retreat of a few 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 body and mind.
The daily schedule is a follows:
5:00 Morning sutras
5:30 Zazen (Seated meditation)
7:00 Morning cleaning
9:30 Samu (Working meditation)
11:30 Lunch (rice, miso soup and vegetables)
Arrival and departure day and time are flexible. Please call the temple to make arrangements that fit your schedule.
Recommended donation: $25/day. 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).