Jikoji Retreat Center, 12100 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos, CA 95033, phone: (408) 741-9562
Activities, Events and Schedules
Weekday and Sunday Zazen
Resident Practice is open to guests, typically once or twice
Sunday Program welcomes everyone during the Sunday schedule.
The Sunday program begins with zazen at 10 am, and includes two periods of zazen and a dharma talk, followed by a social lunch.
various classes, ceremonial japanese tea services, and group sessions are frequently offered, and guests are welcome to continue to visit or enjoy the surrounding open space and trails.
- Jan 18-20 - Awakening Within, a weekend workshop on Lucid Dreaming and Dream Yoga led by Karin Sigmund
- Feb. 10 - April 7: Winter Practice Period (Ango) led by shuso Tatsudo Doug Jacobson.
- February 8-15: Nehan-e Sesshin - led by Angie Boissevain
- February 15, 11:15 am: priest ordination of Ellen Richter
- April 1-7: Tanjo-e Sesshin - Monday, April 1 to Sunday, April 7, led by Ian Forsberg
- April 6, 10 am Saturday: Priest ordination of Bunkai Steve Tracy
- April 6, 3 pm: Shuso ceremony with Tatsudo Doug Jacobson
- April 7 morning: Sunday talk, ending Tanjo-e Sesshin
- April 7 afternoon: Buddha’s Birthday Celebration - 12:30pm - 3pm, lunch, ceremony and party celebrating the birth of the Buddha
- May 17 - 19 Zendo Without Walls with park naturalists/interpreters
- June 9, 2 pm, Board Meeting, Open to Sangha and Interested Parties
- August 9-16: Floating Zendo Sesshin at Jikoji, led by Angie Boissevain.
- October 8 - 13 — Denko-e Sesshin ("Gathering of Light Sesshin"):
A teaching sesshin, in conjunction with Bamboo in the Wind, that will focus on the Six Parimitas, or Six Perfections.
To be co-taught by Val Szymanski, founding teacher of Bamboo in the Wind, and Shoho Michael Newhall, Resident Teacher at Jikoji.
The Six Perfections - generosity, ethics, patience, energy, meditation and wisdom - are a compendium of activity and understanding of the Buddha Way.
- December 1 at 2 pm, Board Meeting, open to Sangha and Interested Parties.
- December 2-8 — Rohatsu Sesshin, the traditional winter sesshin commemorating Buddha's enlightenment.
Led by Peter Szydlowski (inspired by the Antaiji way of Kodo Sawaki, one of Kobun's Teachers).
- December 31 - NY's eve program
Prior Activities are also accessible.
- February 10 - 16: Nehan-e Sesshin - led by Angie Boissevain
- Feb. 10 - April 13: Winter Practice Period (Ango)
- April 7 - 13: Tanjo-e Sesshin - Monday to Sunday, led by Ian Forsberg
- April 13 afternoon: Buddha’s Birthday Celebration - 12:30pm - 3pm, lunch, ceremony and party celebrating the birth of the Buddha
- June 1, 2 pm, Board Meeting, Open to Sangha and Interested Parties
- June 6 - 8: Genzo-e Sesshin with Santa Cruz Zen Center, led by Kokyo Henkel
- July 26 - 28: Kobun Memorial Sesshin
- October 7 - 12: Denko-e Sesshin ("Gathering of Light Sesshin")
- December 1 - 7: Rohatsu Sesshin, the traditional winter sesshin commemorating Buddha's enlightenment.
- December 31 - NY's eve program
Sesshins and other events can be attended on a part time, drop in basis.
Please call ahead and register if you plan to attend meals or stay overnight.
A donation of $50 per day incuding meals and dormitory accomodations is requested, but no one is ever turned away from the Dharma for lack of funds.
Scholarships and work-study programs that cover some or all of the costs may be available.
Please call Jikoji at 408-741-9562 for further information, or to make reservations, if you plan on staying for meals or overnight lodging.
See Frequently Asked Questions for more information about sesshins and other activities.
View or print the
Jikoji registration form for sesshins, workshops, and other events.
From time to time, Jikoji hosts private retreats, during which
time the main buildings are closed to the public.
Please call ahead,
(408) 741-9562, if you are planning to visit.
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