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Denko-e Sesshin 2019

Denko-e Sesshin 2019


Denko-e sesshin, “Transmission of Light” sesshin, is Jikoji’s traditional fall dharma teaching week of practice and study. This fall the study topic is Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi. This is one of our usual chants, a poem from our ancestor Dongshan Liangjie, that with multiple metaphors explores the meaning of “suchness.” Teachers of the Phoenix Cloud lineage will be sharing the teaching. We will be working with Dan Leighton’s book “Just This is It” and other texts.

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.

The full sesshin – 7-days (Monday - Sunday), 6-nights – is $360, including all meals and overnight accommodations. For those staying only a portion, it is $60/per overnight, and $25/per day for daytime visits (no overnights.)

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 408-741-9562 or email our Shika (Guest Manager) at  

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