Daily Monastic Schedule

Daily Schedules at Great Vow

The schedule at Great Vow ebbs and flows with the seasons and retreats. Below you will find an approximate schedule for sesshin and non-sesshin times. Feel free to contact the registrar or residency coordinator for specific questions involving the schedule.

4:50 Wake-up bell

5:30 Zazen (Meditation)

7:00 Chanting Service

7:30 Temple Caretaking

8:00 Breakfast (Oryoki)

9:30 Work period

12:30 Short Chanting Service

12:45 Lunch (informal)

3:00 Work period

5:20 Short Chanting Service

5:30 Dinner (informal)

7:30 Zazen*

9:20 Evening chants

10:00 Lights out & closing rounds

*On Thursday evenings, there is a class rather than zazen. This class is usually led by one of the teachers or ordained sangha, and is on a wide variety of different Buddhist themes.

4:20 Wake-up bell

4:50 Zazen

7:00 Chanting Service

7:30 Breakfast (oryoki)

9:15 Work period

11:00 Zazen

1:00 Lunch (oryoki)

3:30 Zazen

6:00 Dinner (informal)

7:30 Zazen/Sanzen

9:20 Formal tea/Evening chants

10:00 Lights out & closing rounds

Tuesday

5:50 Wake-up bell

6:30 Zazen

7:30 Temple caretaking

8:00 Breakfast (oriyoki)

9:30 Sutra class

10:40 Work practice

12:30 Short Chanting Service

12:45 Lunch (oriyoki)

3:00 Body practice

4:15 Zazen

5:15 Chanting Service

5:30 Dinner (quiet, informal)

7:00 Zazen

9:20 Closing chant

10:00 Closing rounds; lights out in dorms

Wednesday through Saturday

3:50 Wake-up bell

4:30 Chanting Service/kinhin

5:10 Zazen

7:00 Temple caretaking

7:30 Breakfast (oriyoki)

9:00 Work period

12:30 Chanting Service

12:45 Lunch (oriyoki)

3:00 Body practice (Wed/Fri)
Study period (Thur/Sat)

4:15 Zazen

5:15 Chanting Service

5:30 Dinner (quiet, informal)

7:00 Zazen (Thurs Class 7:30)

9:20 Closing chant

10:00 Closing rounds; lights out in dorms

Sunday

5:50 Wake-up bell

6:20 Zazen

7:20 Sunday Chanting Service

8:00 Breakfast

10:00 Sunday program

12:15 Informal lunch

2:00 Free time

From 2:00 p.m. Sunday until 6:00 a.m. Tuesday there are no scheduled activities, and residents are welcome to leave the monastery grounds or stay at the monastery.