April Sesshin – Cultivating the Empty Field

Date: April 11 - 17, 2022

Time: Monday 5pm to Sunday 1pm

Location: Great Vow Zen Monastery

Address: 79640 Quincy Mayger Road, Clatskanie, Oregon 97016, USA

Price: $75 - $380

April Sesshin – Cultivating the Empty Field

April 11 - 17, 2022

Monday 5pm to Sunday 1pm




Our meditation practice can be one of relaxed openness and vivid presence, with wisdom into our nature naturally revealing. This is the practice of serene-illumination, a form meditation where calm-abiding (shamatha) and insight (vipassana) are practiced as one.

In this retreat we practice serene illumination meditation and celebrate the teachings of Master Hongzhi who articulated serene illumination profoundly in Cultivating The Empty Field. Each day will include a talk on one of Master Hongzhi’s mediation instructions from Cultivating The Empty Field.

This retreat will be offered at Great Vow Zen Monastery and online.

Sesshin is a rigorous and, at times, challenging silent meditation retreat that is not recommended for beginners. In order to attend in person, we require that you attend one of our silent weekend retreats or a five-seven day silent retreat at another Zen Center before registering for our longer zen retreats. For more information about what to expect when attending a sesshin, click here.

 For the latest on our health policies click here. Participants must be fully vaccinated including a booster AND receive a negative MOLECULAR Covid test within three days of arrival. 

$50 deposit holds your space; balance due on arrival.


Jogen Salzberg, Sensei