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meditation retreat at Zen Buddhist Temple


Yongmaeng Jeongjin Retreat

Yongmaeng Jeongjin, which means “Fearless Practice,” is a three-day or five-day intensive meditation retreat. It is a period to free oneself from all worldly ties and absorb oneself completely in concentration. Yongmaeng Jeongjin provides a wonderful opportunity for discovering wisdom mind and developing a compassionate heart. It is usually reserved for practicing members or for non-members with serious meditation experience. Minimum attendance is two days.


Inspirations for "Fearless Practice"

  • Flow from moment to moment with your practice and Great Unknowing Mind.

  • Cultivate your Buddha-mind like a lion that does not get frightened at a storm and lightning and like a wind that moves free from obstacles.

  • Have complete trust in yourself and keep waking up ten thousand times with a single thought.


Daily Schedule

  • 5:00-5:45 am: Wakeup/Exercise

  • 5:45-6:00 am: 108 Prostrations

  • 6:00-8:30 am: Meditation (3 sitting and 1 walking)

  • 8:30 am: Breakfast

  • 9:00-10:30 am: Cleaning/Rest

  • 10:30 am-1 pm: Meditation/Interview

  • 1:00 pm: Dharma Meal

  • 1:30-2:30 pm: Rest

  • 2:30-5:45 pm: Work Practice

  • 6:00-7:00 pm: Snack/Rest

  • 7:00-10:00 pm: Meditation/Interview

  • 10:00 pm: Retire


Upcoming Dates

  • June 28-July 3 (Chicago)

  • December 26-31 (Chicago/Toronto/Mexico)


One or Two Day Retreat


These are non-instructional retreats for those who have meditation practice and are able to sit for 25 minutes without difficulty. Chairs and sitting benches are available. The day begins at 6 am and consists of sitting meditation, walking meditation, and rest period. Minimum attendance is half day. For beginners, there are special instructional retreats (Beginner's Zen Retreat).

Three Guidelines for retreatants

  • Keep noble silence.

  • Keep the eyes down―don't read, don't look around.

  • Keep the mind away from negative thoughts and feelings.


Upcoming Dates: Please check your local temple page

FAQ 1. What is the cost for your retreats? Can I register online?

$60 per day ($50 for members), which includes accommodations and meals. You may visit the Registration Page to register online.

FAQ 2. I want to attend your retreat. What are the next available dates and how to register?

Please visit your local temple page to check the upcoming retreat dates. Online registration requires a non-refundable deposit of $50 through the

Registration Page.

FAQ 3. What I need to bring to the retreat?

•  Bedding (sleeping bag or sheets and pillow)

•  Clothes for meditation, work and sleep

• Overnight toiletry (towel, tooth brush etc)

FAQ 4. What type of food do you provide?

We prepare vegetarian meals which may include eggs, yogurt and cheese. If you have food allergy or intolerance, please inform the temple in


FAQ 5. Can I read or write during the retreat?

No. We maintain noble silence and avoid anything that may distract from meditation.

FAQ 6. Can I sit on the chair if sitting on the cushion causes me too much discomfort and pain?

Yes, you can switch between cushion and chair as long as you don't disturb others. If sitting becomes unbearable, you can quietly stand up to do "tree Zen."

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Farm Retreats

Again, a monk reviews this body, however it may be placed or disposed, in terms of the elements:

"There are in this body the earth-element, the water-element, the fire-element, the air-element."

​We have small nature/meditation retreats at our Spring Wind Farm. Especially in nature we get to experience ourselves in terms of the four elements. Walks in the woods and the fields; fires in the fireplace and fire pits; the creek, streams and ponds; winds and fresh air.


Upcoming Dates: July 22-27 & August 4-31

Please check the farm webpage for more information.

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