Daily Program at No Word Zen
On the day you arrive, just relax and get to know other people, or renew old acquaintances. The program will begin at 8:00 pm. Please arrive no later than 5:30 pm as we will have a meal together at 6:00 pm. The first presentation will be at 8:00 pm.
Every day we’ll practice sitting meditation, walking meditation, mindful eating, and working together as a community. There is always a period of “noble silence” from the last activity in the evening until the next morning’s breakfast. One day of the week is “Lazy Day,” with no formal training.
Everyone who comes to No Word Zen participates in all meditation practices and shares in community work, such as preparing the meditation hall, cleaning public spaces, and mowing lawns as part of their daily meditation. Tang Dynasty Zen Master Baizhang Huaihai was adamant about working every day. “A day of no work is a day of no eating,” he said. In Zen practice, work is not just work. We practice mindfulness of each bodily movement, sensation, and thought, and support each other, benefit from our collective energy, and learn to live in harmony together. We ask everyone to contribute to the collective energy by participating in all scheduled activities throughout the retreat.
During retreats, please only use your smartphone, tablet, or laptop when it is urgent. Free from electronic connectedness, you will have ideal conditions to discover the wonders of life.
Four weeks before your arrival, we will provide a complete schedule for you to plan your time well.