Schedule

Ithaca Zen Center japanese bridge
Japanese Bridge

Sunday Meditation — held at the Ithaca Zen Center Sundays starting at 8:30 am with a talk at 10:30am. Newcomers are welcome! For any questions or to arrange a sitting orientation please contact us here.

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 afterwards.

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 more deeply into your practice. Newcomers are welcomed and asked to please contact and arrange a practice orientation with us.

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.

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.