Tassajara Afternoon. Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. Photo by Margo Moritz.

‘Great Assembly’ Sesshin

Co-led by Tenshin Reb Anderson and Sojun Mel Weitsman

Sunday, April 29 – Friday, May 4
Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, Carmel Valley, CA

Applications accepted through March 31


This special sesshin, in celebration of Zen Center’s 50th anniversary and open to the greater assembly (sangha), is a unique opportunity to participate in a traditional Soto Zen meditation intensive at Tassajara outside of a three-month practice period. Join Suzuki Roshi disciples and former SFZC Abbots Tenshin Reb Anderson and Sojun Mel Weitsman in the fundamental practices of the Zen ancestors: Sitting upright like the mountains, delving into the great matter of life and death, and experiencing the deep stillness that lies within each of us.

The schedule will include sitting and walking meditation, daily Dharma talks, oryoki meals, and private interviews with senior teachers. There will also be a limited number of opportunities for participants who have had formal Zen training to support the communty in doan-ryo and oryoki serving positions.

This Great Assembly Anniversary Sesshin is open by application to anyone who has completed a practice period, sesshin or 3-week intensive at one of SFZC’s three centers or affiliated sanghas. Priority will be given to Tassajara alumni and to those who have been unable to partake in a practice period at Tassajara due to other life responsibilities, but everyone who applies will be considered. (You need not be a SFZC alumnus to apply.)

Applications for the sesshin are required and will be accepted through March 31.

Sesshin participants will be expected to arrive by early afternoon on Sunday, April 29 (as the Alumni Celebration Weekend Retreat is ending) and depart after the sesshin ends on Friday morning, May 4. The closing ceremony will be held on the morning of the last day and will include the monthly Suzuki Roshi Memorial. Participants will be asked to depart their rooms by 10:00 a.m. that Friday morning. The 2012 Tassajara Summer Guest Season will open on the same morning of Friday, May 4th. Sesshin participants are welcome to join the gate opening ceremony.

Fee and Registration Information

Flat rate fees listed below include accommodations, meals, sittings, events, and use of facilities (5 nights/6 days). Fees do not include the Stage, which is an additional $55 (roundtrip) if transportation is requested to and from Jamesburg into Tassajara.

  • Shared housing: $700
  • Private/Single housing: $1,000 (depends on availability)

Full payment by check, money order, or credit card will be requested upon application approval and acceptance to the sesshin.

Please download and complete the attached application, in either PDF or Word (.docx) format:

Please fill it out and return it to:

Great Assembly Anniversary Sesshin
Attn: Anna Thorn, Tassajara Sesshin Registrar
Green Gulch Farm Zen Center
1601 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach, CA 94965

Or email it to Anna Thorn at rebassistant@sfzc.org.

If you have further questions regarding the sesshin and application process, please email Anna Thorn at rebassistant@sfzc.org. No phone calls please.


15 days or more in advance: $20 service charge
14 - 8 days in advance: 50% of the total fees
7 days or less: no refund