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2018 Spring Sesshin/Precept Vow Renewal

June 7 - 9

The Way of the Householder

Sesshin means to gather together or unify mind and heart. It is a time for us to turn inward, intensify and expand our individual practice by taking our practice into our everyday life, work, family and relationship with the greater community.

In this fast paced world of work and family, it is essential that we make time to slow down in order to work with the life we have. Zen practice is life practice. It is about helping us awaken to a life that is vibrant and authentic. Insight alone is insufficient if not embodied in how we work, love, and live our everyday life of relationship, and everything is relationship. This sesshin asks us to integrate our practice in our daily life and activities.

As part of this weekend you have the option to choose a particular home practice that helps you to integrate the work in the zendo with our actions in our life as householders. We hope you will join us.


Empty Bowl Zendo at Church of the Redeemer

36 South Street, Morristown NJ


  • June 7, Thursday – 6:30pm – 8:10pm
  • June 8, Friday - 9:00am-5:00pm
  • June 9, Saturday – 7:30am – 1:30pm
  • Fee: $40

    There will be plenty of zazen as well as dharma talks and private interviews, plus time to reflect and integrate practice into our daily life. Please bring a snack to share. For lunch, please bring your own or eat out. It is required that those registering for the sesshin commit to all three days.

    Please register by Tuesday, June 5. Please be mindful of the deadline


    1. First, register by using the Google Sheet. Cut and paste the following link directly into your browser:


    If the link does not allow you to edit the Sheet, contact Ron Manning for an invitation to the Sheet (973) 997-0101 or ronjanman@aol.com. Registration will be accepted by Tuesday, June 5.


    2. Secondly, the suggested fee for the three-day Householder Sesshin is $40. Click HERE to pay $40 via PayPal. If you prefer to pay by check, make your check payable to Empty Bowl Zendo and either bring it in or mail to PO Box 640, Morristown, NJ 07963-0640.

    June 9 Zazenkai

    The June 9 Zazenkai will be the last day of the Householder Sesshin. Everyone, whether or not you are participating in the Householder Sesshin, is invited to attend. The zazenkai includes both sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks, mindfulness practices and the opportunity for private interviews with a teacher.

    At the conclusion of the Saturday zazenkai, we will be conducting a Vow Renewal Ceremony. Those who have studied the precepts and have received jukai either recently or any time in the past are invited to participate. This ceremony provides the opportunity to reaffirm the commitment to following the Bodhisattva Path, and look deeply into our lives to observe how we embody the precepts. All zazenkai participants are welcome to stay and bear witness.

    NOTE: If you plan to attend on Saturday only, the cost is $10. Click HERE to pay $10 for Saturday only.

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