In addition to our regularly scheduled practice sessions, the North Carolina Zen Center hosts other events such as retreats, ceremonies and community work days. Below you will find information about our longer-range schedule and upcoming events. Please check back from time to time to get the latest updates.
2018 Winter Sesshin-January 25-28
The retreat will be conducted in a format similar to past retreats at the Center. The retreat will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, interview with the teacher, Dharma talks, yoga, and periods of work around the Center.
Cost of the retreat is $60 per night. Part-time attendance is permitted, however lodging preference will be given to full-time participants. For more information about retreats at the NC Zen Center, please visit the Retreats Page on the Center’s website. To register, click HERE.
Introduction to Zen Buddhism Workshop-February 10 1 pm-4 pm
During this 3 hour workshop, Teshin Sweger, sensei and other senior practitioners will introduce participants to the principles and practices of Zen Buddhism and meditation. During the first hour participants will learn about the philosophy and history of Zen. Participants will also learn what differentiates Zen from other forms of Buddhism and meditation. The second hour will focus on the practice of meditation including posture, breathing, walking meditation, and advanced practices. Finally, there will be a question and answer period geared towards the practice and how to integrate the practices into one’s life.
This workshop is appropriate for all experience levels. Even if you have been sitting for a while, it can be helpful to review and perhaps learn something new. We encourage anyone who has done an orientation at the Center to attend. Light refreshments will be served
Suggested of donation of $20. To register please click HERE. Scholarships are available for those with limited income.
Zen Retreat-March 3-7
The Zen Center is happy to announce that it will offer an additional retreat this year. Davidson College Chaplain Grace Burford and Teshin-sensei will lead a retreat for Davidson College students and others. The retreat is open to the community. Cost of the retreat is $60 per night. Part-time attendance is permitted, however lodging preference will be given to full-time participants. For more information about retreats at the NC Zen Center, please visit the Retreats Page on the Center’s website. To register, click HERE.
Currently the Center is following a normal schedule, as indicated on the Schedule page.
The Center relies on volunteer help for its general care and maintenance, so there are always many large and small tasks that need attending to, including general tidying up and grounds care and maintenance, as well as many other opportunities to contribute time, skills and tools. Please contact the Center to find out what the current needs are and how you might help.
If you wish to contribute in any way, your help would be most welcome. Please call or email us for specific needs or other information.