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Beginner's Mind Weekend Meditation Retreat

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 5:00 pm to Sunday, December 15, 2019 - 1:00 pm

*Registration for this retreat is now closed due to full housing accommodations. For more information, or to be placed on the waiting list, please write to


The teachings and practices of Zen Buddhism empower us to live our lives wholeheartedly with openness, insight and compassion.

During this weekend retreat we follow a silent retreat schedule, which allows us to temporarily put aside outside concerns and go deeply into inner work.

The silent retreat schedule includes about seven hours of sitting meditation (with breaks), Buddhist chanting services, formal oriyoki meals, and a period of community work practice.

On the first evening the retreat leaders will give thorough instruction on the foundations and methods of Zen meditation.

Opportunities to meet with a teacher or senior practitioner to discuss your practice will be available.

This retreat is ideal for anyone wanting an introduction to intensive Zen practice or simply a day of silent sitting meditation supported by the serene atmosphere of the monastery.

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The cost is $180 ($150 for ZCO members) 

**$50 of the retreat fee counts towards a nonrefundable deposit. We can transfer the deposit to future retreats, if necessary**

Great Vow Zen Monastery
79640 Quincy-Mayger Road (Mail to: P.O. Box 188)
Clatskanie, Oregon 97016