Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit: An Interfaith Zen Retreat

with Roshi Robert E. Kennedy, S.J.

This is a week-long silent retreat (Zen sesshin) during which participants practice seated meditation (zazen) together — about 12 25-minute periods per day — as a supportive community, or sangha. Roshi Kennedy and other Zen teachers will provide daily talks (teishos) to share Zen insights and to encourage sitting practice, as well as opportunities to meet privately with them (daisan) throughout the days. 

Silence is observed at all times throughout day in order to deepen experience. Following the final sitting each evening, the liturgy will be offered for all who wish to participate. This is a warm, wholehearted practice of being with ourselves as we are, with things as they occur. The support of devoted teachers and one another encourages the quieting of our minds, the lessening of struggle, and the movement from self-centeredness to life-centeredness.  Through this process we taste the richness of human life and become of true benefit to others and our world.

The sesshin will run August 19-25. For those staying onsite, check-in is at 4 p.m. on Sunday with dinner served at 5:30 p.m. Departure is at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 25.

Cost of the retreat is $665 for single occupancy room; $550 for double occupancy.

The on-site retreat accommodations are filled. However, there is still space for commuters with a fee of $75 per day. If interested, please call Rosemary Jones at 203.245.0401, ext. 114 to register.  


Robert E. Kennedy, S.J., Roshi, is a Jesuit priest and Zen teacher in the White Plum lineage. He studied with Yamada Roshi in Kamakura, Japan, with Maezumi Roshi in Los Angeles, and with Glassman Roshi in New York. Glassman Roshi installed Kennedy as a sensei in 1991 and conferred inka (final seal of approval) in 1997, making him a roshi (master). Kennedy is also the author of Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit and Zen Gifts to Christians.

Sessions:  1
Dates:  8/19/2018 to 8/25/2018
$665.00   (Class Fee)
Note: Please call to register