Daishu-in West
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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:

4:30 Wake-up
5:00 Morning sutras
5:30 Zazen (Seated meditation)
6:30 Breakfast
7:00 Morning cleaning
9:00 Tea
9:30 Samu (Working meditation)
11:30 Lunch (rice, miso soup and vegetables)
1:30 Samu
4:00 Dinner
4:30 Bath
6:00 Zazen

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.

  • 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).