A sesshin is a period of intensive Zen-practice. “Sesshin” means both “to become acquainted with ones’ own mind” and “to touch the original, the essential”. This happens unconsciously, naturally in enduring, pervading Zazen, of its own volition, without the necessity of consciously having to search for it.


Individual and cosmos are not two elements opposing each other, but one is the child of the other, and the entity observes itself through the eye of the clarified mind.

This experience finds a deep reverberation in the body and mind of those practising, and sets the foundation for the implementation of a calm, complete presence in the concrete everyday activities.


These shared activities of practicing, getting up, doing Zazen and Sanpai, eating and working together – for a few days or for a longer period of time – ignites an effect of calm energy, comparable to a fire, in which several logs help to fuel a powerful flame. Inner obstacles, infatuation, anger and greed can melt in it and are transformed into the power of the mind itself.

The original, unsophisticated nature of the mind, the original constitution of life gleam of their own volition and are reflected by all things.

General Agenda of a Zen-Sesshin

Getting up at 5:30 a.m. • about 6 or 7 hours of Zazen-practice per day (during preparation time of the Ango / summer-sesshin about 3 or 4 hours) • lectures and verbal teachings • having meals at the dojo in the Zazen-posture (usually only breakfast and lunch) • Samu, these are chores for some hours of the day, for example in the garden or in the park, in the kitchen, at building sites as well as the cleaning of rooms.