Sesshin is underway

We are in sesshin from 12 to 19 October and will only respond to urgent messages during this time.


New book available!

Sante Roshi's collection of essays on the climate crisis - "It's never too late" is now available from zazen.se and Stockholm Zen Center. Lund and Göteborg should have them in the next couple of days too.


Ango starts

The autumn ango period will start on 23 October and run through to shortly before Rohatsu sesshin. More information will be available at the beginning of September.


November sesshin

Applications are open for this 4-day sesshin, which begins on 6 November and will be led by Kanja Roshi. The last date for applications is 21 October.


Rohatsu sesshin

Rohatsu 7-day sesshin is one of the most popular each year, so the last day for applications is early: 1 October. Please apply by then. We will announce after 1 October if there are any places left for late applications.


New Year's retreat

The New Year’s retreat starts at 14.00 on the 29th and ends with brunch on the first. The schedule will be similar to the summer retreat. There will be a New Year’s Eve ceremony culminating in Jukai (taking of Buddhist precepts) after the stroke of midnight. Please apply by 18 November.

Zen practice

Intensive Retreats - sesshin

A traditional Japanese Zen retreat, or sesshin, is a period when all non-essential work is put aside and participants engage in 9 or more hours of formal zazen each day. The silent zazen is complemented by a daily lecture (teisho) and 2 or 3 private meetings each day with the teacher (dokusan). The intensive nature of sesshin allows one to put aside all workday concerns and focus strongly on unifying the mind, with the aim of seeing into one’s true nature. Sesshin practice is for more experienced practitioners and we ask that you speak to one of the teachers if you are planning to apply.

Summer Retreat

As well as sesshin, once a year in June we hold a seven-day summer retreat with a lighter schedule. It is particularly suitable for members who are on their first Zen retreat.

Residential Zen training

Intensive Zen retreat, or sesshin, is one form of Zen practice. Between sesshins, another form of practice is offered to members: Zen training. Instead of focussing so strongly on formal zazen, we move from the base of our daily meditation practice into staying aware and present during all activities, whether working, socialising, eating or playing.

The training schedule typically includes five hours of formal sitting each day, four hours of work and several hours of unstructured time. Dokusan (a private meeting with the teacher) is offered regularly to enable students to receive individual guidance on their practice. One day a week has no formal schedule.

Beginners' Retreats

People usually come to Zengården once they have established a Zen practice through one of our city centers. We recognise that it can be difficult to take part in a retreat for the first time. An extended introduction, including explanations to the different parts of the full day schedule, is useful to many members who want to take part in the events at Zengården. For this reason, in the summer each year, we offer a small number of people who are genuinely interested in finding out whether this practice is for them the chance to participate in a 5-day retreat. During the retreat, participants learn everything they need to know to get started in Zen and about the practice at Zengården. If you would like more information about this, please contact us.

Zengården   |   e-mail: enquiries@zentraining.org   |   phone: +46 (0) 76 1495374, +46 (0) 72 2257631   |   Plusgiro: 45 97 38-1