Amy Kisei, Sensei

Amy Kisei, Sensei is an authorized Zen teacher, zen priest, spiritual counselor and mindfulness instructor. She has been practicing meditation for almost 20 years. Kisei has 12 years of monastic training and teaching experience from Great Vow Zen Monastery, and holds a BS in Earth Science and Gender Studies. She is trained in Mindful Eating through the University of California San Diego, MECL program. In her spiritual counseling practice Kisei utilizes the tools of meditation/mindfulness, dream-work, process art and ceremony to help people in their healing & awakening process. She is passionate about bringing the practices of meditation/mindfulness into environmental justice & climate grief work and has been instrumental in ZCO’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion work. Learn more about Amy Kisei by visiting her website www.amykisei.org

Events with Amy Kisei, Sensei

Rohatsu Sesshin: A 7 Day Meditation Retreat
December 5, 2021

THERE ARE A FEW SPACES AVAILABLE FOR IN-PERSON PARTICIPATION IN ROHATSU SESSHIN. TO PARTICIPATE VIA ZOOM, PLEASE FOLLOW THE REGISTRATION LINK. TO APPLY FOR IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE, PLEASE WRITE TO registrar(at)zendust.org. Rohatsu is a meditation retreat that celebrates the Buddha’s Awakening through our embodiment of deep practice.  For centuries now, all over the world practitioners have gathered in the Winter to support each other in whole hearted endeavor. All in-person participants must be fully vaccinated. In addition, we require a negative molecular (PCR/NAAT, not antigen) Covid test within 3 days of your arrival. Details on what is required can be found…

Beginner's Mind Weekend Retreat
December 17, 2021

ALL IN-PERSON PARTICIPANTS IN THIS RETREAT MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED AND RECEIVE A NEGATIVE MOLECULAR (NOT ANTIGEN) COVID TEST WITHIN THREE DAYS OF ARRIVAL. For more details about what is required, click here. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE IS NOW FULL. TO PARTICIPATE VIA ZOOM, PLEASE REGISTER VIA THE LINK. 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…

New Year's Eve Meditation & Letting Go Ceremony
December 31, 2021

Time swiftly passes by and opportunities are ever present!  Let’s celebrate our passage through a challenging and eye-opening year and envision how we’d like to step in to 2022. The evening will include guided meditations to help you reflect on what you want to let go of and welcome in, for the new year. As well as, a fire-ceremony of letting-go, atonement and renewal, which we call Fusatsu. We will end the evening with silent zazen meditation and 108 bells to welcome in the New Year. This event will take place both in person and on Zoom. To attend in…

Pari-Nirvana Sesshin: A Meditation Retreat exploring Life, Death & the Unknown
February 14, 2022

Zen meditation is an invitation to un-know. During this sesshin we take up the Buddha’s Parinirvana–the Buddha’s death, as the essential inquiry into our own relationship with death, dying and the uncertainties of this life. How often in your daily life do you allow yourself to reflect on your own mortality, your own death? This sesshin provides the structure and support needed to look into the fears and anxieties surrounding death, dying and the unknown. Supported by the stillness and quiet of winter, we allow the body, heart and mind to deeply settle and rest – as we feel into…

June Sesshin - Loving Kindness
June 13, 2022

(More details about the sesshin will be added soon). 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. Proof of vaccination is required to attend events at Great Vow Zen Monastery. For the latest on our health policies click here. $50 deposit holds your space;…

Grasses, Trees, and the Great Earth Sesshin
August 15, 2022

(More details about the sesshin will be added soon). 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. Proof of vaccination is required to attend events at Great Vow Zen Monastery. For the latest on our health policies click here. $50 deposit holds your space;…