Schedule & Programs

Schedule and Programs

Regular practice

Sundays: 9 am – noon

Periods of sitting and walking meditation (zazen and kinhin), followed at 11:30 by a dharma discussion and optional lunch at a local restaurant.

Weekdays: 5:30 am – 6:40 am

Sitting and walking meditation (zazen and kinhin), ending with chanting.


2016 Extended practice and special events schedule

June 4-11, 2016   Sesshin (intensive practice) focused on the theme “Joining Heaven and Earth

During this sesshin, we’ll explore Japanese aesthetics with emphasis on what is elegant, refined, and beautiful. We’ll see how these aesthetics are expressed in the temple garden, thereby learning the elements of Japanese contemplative design, and the elements of contemplative life. For more about zen contemplation and Hakubai Temple, please see the other pages of this website.

Weekend Program:

“Rock Setting — the Japanese Art of Placement” is the subject of the first two days (June 4 & 5, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm). This program will include a demonstration of rock placement by HakuBai DaiShin. Participants will also work with clay to create their own models. A buffet lunch will be included.

The weekend program is available to 20 people. Registration will begin on Saturday, June 4, at 8:30 am. Suggested donation: $250.

Full Sesshin:

The full sesshin begins on Saturday, June 4, at 9:00 am, and ends Saturday, June 11, at noon. Daily schedules:

June 4 – 5:  9:00 am – 9:00 pm. The session after the dinner break, 7:30 pm – 9 pm, will include shikantaza (just sitting) and a dharma talk. The daytime program is the same as the weekend program described above.

June 6 – 10:  The sesshin will begin at 5:30 am and end at 9:00 pm.

June 11:  We will begin at 5:30 am and end at noon, after closing bows.

During the week (June 6-11), we’ll learn Japanese aesthetics through training in the ‘mandala principle’ and the ‘five elements.’ This is the foundation of Japanese garden design.


  • A basic knowledge of Japanese rock setting.
  • An understanding of how the following aesthetic principles manifest in an actual garden (translations are extremely limiting):

ma                               space

ten-chi-jin                 Heaven-Earth-Man

mujo                           impermanence

aware                         intense awareness, sadness

yugen                         mystery, subtle profundity

furyu                          an environment of elegant simplicity

shibui                         beauty that comes from blending in quietly, perfectly

sabi                             appreciation of time and its effects

wabi                            intimate and alone, almost painful beauty

datsuzoku                  freedom from attachment

seijaku                        tranquility

shizen                         naturalness

fukinsei                      asymmetry

soboku                       unfettered, uncontrived simplicity

shin-gyo-so               shaped by man, shaped by nature, blended

We’ll see how these aesthetics are expressed in the garden, and learn how to apply Japanese aesthetics to tree and shrub trimming, rock-setting, and the art of placement. Practice daily is from 5:30 am until 9:30 pm, with both sitting and walking meditation. The food is gluten free, vegetarian, and all meals after the first two days served oryoki style. We provide garden tools, a supportive environment for realization, and a futon for those staying on site.

The full program will be limited to 8 people. Registration will begin on Saturday, June 4, at 8:30 am. Suggested donation: $550.

Please call John at 303-748-1169 with any questions or to reserve a spot.


August 14-21, 2016   Sesshin:  “How to Find Meaning in Your Life, Before You Die”

December 26, 2016- January 1, 2017   Sesshin (theme to follow)