Mountains and Rivers Sesshin

Our next Mountains and Rivers Sesshin will take place Thursday through Sunday, July 27 – 30, 2017 at Pt. Reyes National Seashore.

The sesshin will begin with an orientation meeting Wednesday evening in the Community Room. Thursday morning we will carpool to Point Reyes, then hike to Coast Camp, moving at a moderate pace with frequent rest stops and lunch along the way. We will get back to Berkeley around 5:00 pm Sunday. All meals are provided and camping experience is not required. Everyone is encouraged to do the full four days, but provision will also be made for those who may have to arrive late.

The signup sheet will be posted on the BZC bulletin board in July. Signup deadline will be the Thursday before the sesshin. The fee is $75. If you have any questions, please email Zosie Calame at zosiec@zoho.com.

Sample Schedule:

Wednesday

  • 6:00 – 7:30 pm: Orientation meeting in BZC Community Room

Thursday

  • 6:30 am: Meet in front of BZC Drive to PointReyes
  • 8:00 am: Breakfast at restaurant near Point Reyes
  • 9:45 am: Gather at trailhead
  • 10:00 am: Hike in silence
  • 12:30 pm: Lunch
  • 1:30 pm: Hike in silence
  • 2:00 pm: Arrive at campsite (total hike about 5.5 miles); set up tents; free time
  • 5:00 pm: Zazen at campsite
  • 5:25 pm: Service (Heart Sutra).
  • 5:30 pm: Dinner
  • 6:30 pm: Break
  • 7:30 pm: Zazen on the beach (two 30-minute periods)
  • 8:40 pm: To bed

Friday and Saturday

  • 6:00 am: Wake up
  • 6:30 am: Zazen at campsite (two 40-minute periods)
  • 7:40 am: Service
  • 8:00 am: Breakfast
  • 8:45 am: Hot drinks and break
  • 9:30 am: Mountains and Rivers Sutra(reading and discussion)
  • 11:00 am: Free time for day hikes, hanging out at beach, picnic lunch, etc.
  • 5:00 pm: Zazen at campsite
  • 5:25 pm: Service
  • 5:30 pm: Dinner
  • 6:30 pm: Break
  • 7:10 pm: Zazen on the beach (two 40-minute periods)
  • 8:20 pm: To bed

Sunday

  • 5:30 am: Wake up
  • 6:00 am: Zazen at campsite (two 40-minute periods)
  • 7:05 am: Service
  • 7:15 am: Breakfast
  • 8:00 am: Hot drinks and break
  • 8:30 am: Mountains and Rivers Sutra(reading and discussion)
  • 9:30 am: Packing up
  • 10:30 am: Hike in silence
  • 12:15 pm: Lunch
  • 1:15 am: Hike in silence
  • 3:00 pm: Arrive at trailhead; closing meeting
  • 3:30 pm: Drive to Berkeley
  • 5:00 pm: Arrive at BZC