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A Silent Retreat in the East-West
Meditation Program led by
Fr. Gregory Mayers, C.Ss.R

November 2-7, 2014
Sunday 6:00 pm (dinner) to
Friday Noon (lunch)


Registration closed


"Zen is the fleshy, heartfelt being
in the Now as it is."
         Fr. Greg Mayers, C.Ss.R.


The sesshin can become an inspiring spiritual experience for everyone, irrespective of religious affiliation.


Sesshin will include:

  •  Orientation for those new to a Zen sesshin
  •  Strict silence and no reading
  •  Dokusan: Private interviews with Fr. Greg Roshi
  •  Teisho: Talks by Fr. Greg Roshi
  •  Zazen: Meditating on a cushion, bench or chair


Fr. Gregory Mayers C.Ss.R., a Redemptorist priest, began Zen koan studies in the late 1970s and completed them in 1996. He is an Associate Roshi of the Sanbô-Kyôdan Religious Foundation in Kamakura, Japan. He was given the teaching name of Ryûun-ken (Flowing Cloud) by Yamada Ryôun Roshi, the 4th Abbot of Sanbô-Kyôdan.

On November 11, 2010 Fr. Greg received full transmission as an Authentic Zen Master with the honorific title of Roshi from his teacher, Willigis Jaeger, who is the founder of the Empty Cloud Zen Lineage at Benediktushof, Holtzkirchen, Germany. He is the 46th successor to Master Lin Chin and has been teaching both Zen and Christian Mystical prayer in retreats around the United States.

Father Greg is the award-winning author of Listen to the Desert: The Secrets of Spiritual Maturity in the Desert Fathers and Mothers. He directs the East West Meditation Program at Mercy Center and is its resident teacher.



Read and print out the sesshin schedule.

Read and print out the orientation letter.



Listen to teisho talks by Fr. Greg

Read about kensho (enlightenment)



Registration for this retreat is now closed.



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Overnight registration includes meal service. We offer locally-sourced fresh fruits and vegetables, soups, salads and meat entrees. We cannot provide all-vegan or other special dietary menus. Kitchenettes equipped with microwave ovens, coffee makers and refrigerators are located on each residence floor, and you are welcome to bring foods to supplement our meal service.