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This extended practice period, open to both new and seasoned practitioners, offers an intensive opportunity for meditation practice guided by ZDS Resident Teacher Dan Dorsey.

The sesshin will begin at 6 am on Saturday and run through 12 noon on Sunday. Participants can either return home to sleep or “camp out” at the zendo. All meals will be provided.

For those unable to attend the entire weekend, briefer “zazenkai style” participation from 6 am – 3 pm on Saturday can be elected. Breakfast and lunch meals are included.

The teisho (formal talk by the teacher) is at 3 pm on Saturday, and is open to all, not just the retreat participants. Arrive ten to fifteen minutes early and wait in the outer room; when the time comes for the talk someone will show you where to sit in the zendo.

The weekend will be limited to 24 participants, and pre-registration is required. The cost for Saturday only is $35 for ZDS members and $45 for non-members; full weekend is $55 for members and $65 for non-members. (Financial assistance is available; just ask. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.)

To register or for more information, contact us at zds@zendesertsangha.org or leave a message at (520) 319‐6260. Payment of a $15 deposit confirms your registration, and can be mailed to ZDS, P.O. Box 44122, Tucson, AZ 85733-4122 — or drop a check or cash into the black donation box on the wall near the kitchen in the zendo at 3226 N. Martin Ave. In all cases, please contact us so that your name is added to the list.

Earlier Event: May 15
Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk