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Denko-e Sesshin

Denko-e Sesshin

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Denko-e Sesshin (“Transmission of Light Assembly”) is part of a cycle of four traditional sesshins initiated by Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi and Jikoji’s traditional fall teaching sesshin, with a lighter zazen schedule and emphasis on dharma study. The study topic is from the original teachings of the Buddha, the Satipatthana Sutta, or the “Four Foundations of Mindfulness.” With teachings, discussion, and small group meetings, we will engage in an in-depth study of our practice experience and how we carry it into our daily lives. This year, Denko-e will be co-led by teachers of Kobun's Phoenix Cloud lineage: Mark Adams, Cliff Isberg, Doug Jacobson, Michael Newhall, Dean Williams, and Dan Zigmond.

As with all Jikoji sesshins, you may attend part-time, but please register (below) to sign-up for meals and overnight accommodations. Further contact details are below. We look forward to practicing with you.

Everything at Jikoji is freely offered and scholarships are available for those who need them. Total 7-day stay is $360 (Includes meals and accommodations.) For people staying only a portion the rates are $60/per overnight, and $25/per day for day visits.  

All food is vegetarian and prepared by the head of kitchen known as the Tenzo. Meals during sesshin will be served oryoki-style in the dining hall of the Jikoji Community Building. Oryoki is an integral part of the sesshin experience and an extension of our Zendo forms. If you need to learn oryoki instructions please indicate so on the registration form. Instructions will be provided Tuesday morning before our first Oryoki meal. You can also learn the basics by watching a video and reading instructions supplied here: For a complete list of meal times please see the schedule. Oryoki instruction will also be offered on arrival day, an hour before the evening meal, and by arrangement with the Sesshin Ino.  

Jikoji offers separate female and male dormitory style beds with shared bathrooms. If you have any special needs please let us know through the registration form. Bedding and linens are provided, but you are encouraged to bring a sleeping bag/extra blankets and pillow if taking the "campsite" option.

What to bring
Comfortable loose-fitting clothes good for sitting for long hours (ideally without logos and slogans)
A warm sweater and other warm layers (mornings and evenings can be chilly)
A warm, rain resistant coat
Shoes that you can work in
Shoes/footwear that are easy to remove after walking between buildings
A change of clothes to work outside (weather permitting)
An open mind

Please feel free to call Jikoji's buisness line at 408-741-9562 or email the Ino at  

Earlier Event: October 6
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Later Event: October 21
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