Daishu-in West
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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)
12:30-1:00 Unpack
1:00-1:30 Orientation
4:00-4:30 Dinner
4:30-5:30 Bath
6:00-8:30 Zazen (Zen meditation)


5:00 a.m. Sutras (chanting/puja)
5:30-7:00 Zazen
7:00 Breakfast
7:30-8:30 Sweeping
9:00-11:00 Zazen
11:00-11:30 Tea
Noon Lunch

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.

  • Flashlight.

  • Bathing towel.

  • 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).