Schedule

Ithaca Zen Center japanese bridge
Japanese Bridge

Weekday Meditation—held at the Ithaca Zen Center Mondays through Fridays, 6:00 am to 7:15 am and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Newcomers are welcome! For any questions or to arrange a sitting orientation please contact office@ithacazencenter.org. In winter months, all sittings other than Sunday morning sittings will be held in the winter zendo, first building at the end of the driveway.

Sunday Meditation — held at the Ithaca Zen Center every Sunday from 8:30 am to 11 am. Newcomers are welcome! For any questions or to arrange a sitting orientation please contact Chris at zen@cornell.edu.

The zendo is located up the hill from the dining hall, to the left. Visitors are asked to please park in the visitor parking to the left of the drive, near the entrance.

Sitting begins promptly at 8:30. Late arrivals are asked to please wait inside the mudroom of the zendo until opening bows are complete. Please feel free to stay for tea and social hour after the class.

Sample Sunday Schedule

What to Bring

  • Footwear that is easy to get on and off, and appropriate for the outdoors.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothes for sitting, and layers of sufficient warmth for outdoor kinin (walking meditation)
  • Please refrain from use of perfumes and the wearing of jewelry

Program Fee, voluntary donation

Zazenkai—a 1 to 3-day Zen meditation practice, held at the Ithaca Zen Center. Zazenkai includes sitting and walking meditation, silent meals, Dharma talks, and is an excellent opportunity to relax deeper into your practice. Newcomers are welcomed and asked to please contact and arrange a practice orientation with Chris at zen@cornell.edu.

Sample One Day Zazenkai Schedule

What to Bring

  • Footwear that is easy to get on and off, and appropriate for the outdoors.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothes for sitting, and layers of sufficient warmth for outdoor kinin
  • Please refrain from use of perfumes and the wearing of jewelry

Program Fee, One day retreat, $25, three day retreat $150.

Sesshin—a 5 to 7-day silent meditation intensive held at the Ithaca Zen Center several times a year. A sesshin is a chance to immerse oneself in a longer period of practice. Newcomers are asked to please contact and arrange a practice orientation with Chris at zen@cornell.edu.

Sample Sesshin Schedule

What to Bring

  • 2 pairs of sandals, slip-on shoes, or boots
  • Flashlight
  • Umbrella
  • Towel
  • Personal toiletries
  • Cup or mug for your room
  • Warm clothing, such as long underwear
  • Warm boots and gloves in the cold weather

Program Fee, seven day sitting, sliding scale $450 to $550, day rate, $75. For private room with bath add $100.

Cornell Zen Meditation Practice—every Monday and Wednesday when classes are in session, 5:00 to 6:00 pm, at Anabel Taylor Hall, Founders Room, on Cornell University campus. This weekly practice is sponsored by the Ithaca Zen Center. Prior sitting experience or attendance of a brief orientation session recommended. For information or to schedule an orientation, please email Chris at zen@cornell.edu.