October 2019 Residential Sesshin

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Bright Sea/Greater Boston Zen Center 7-day October 2019 Sesshin


When: October 18-25, 2019
From 8:00 pm Friday evening through noon the following Friday

Where: Cedar Hill Retreat Center on Kingston Bay
346 Standish Street
Duxbury, MA 02332

Cost: $450 (U.S.) fee for full-time
Pro-rated fees for part-time
Scholarships available
(details below)

Space is limited. Priority is given to those who plan to attend the entire sesshin.


Josh Jiun Bartok, Roshi is the abbot at the Greater Boston Zen Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is a Soto Zen priest. He is a Dharma heir to James Myoun Ford, Roshi in two lineages: the ordained Soto transmission through Jiyu Kennett, Roshi and the lay koan-teaching lineage through John Tarrant, Roshi. Josh also works as a Buddhist pastoral counselor in private practice, and as the executive editor of Wisdom Publications, where he has edited more than 200 books from all Dharma traditions. He’s the co-author with Ezra Bayda of Saying Yes to Life (Even the Hard Parts), and the authoring editor of four anthologies of Dharma quotes, including most recently Daily Doses of Wisdom. His writing has appeared in Shambhala Sun, Lion’s Roar, and Buddhadharma magazines, as well as The Handbook for Zen and Mindfulness for Behavioral Health Practitioners.

Kate Kagen Hartland, Sensei is the Resident Teacher for Bright Sea Zen Sangha and a Spiritual Director for the Greater Boston Zen Center. Before coming to Boundless Way she had studied with both Philip Kapleau (Rochester Zen Center) and Toni Packer (Springwater Center) and has been practicing for a total of about 25 years. Kate received Dharma transmission (Denbo) from Josh Mu’nen Bartok, Roshi, in 2017. Kate is retired from the non-profit Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Cambridge.


Applications are now being accepted for the Bright Sea/Greater Boston Zen Center October sesshin. The sesshin begins at 8:00 pm on Friday evening, October 18, and ends at noon on Friday, October 25. This sesshin will be held at the Cedar Hill Retreat Center in Duxbury, MA.

The total fee for the sesshin is $450. Scholarships are available, so please do not let financial considerations affect your decision to apply. We do ask everyone to make some contribution no matter how small. For part-time attendance there is no fee for Friday evening, but the fee for any or all of each remaining day is as follows:

One day $120
2-3 days $100/day ($200-$300)
4-5 days $90/day ($360-$450)
6 days $70/day ($420)

Space is limited. Priority is given to those who plan to attend the entire sesshin.

The fee schedule and cancellation policy are as follows:

Payment in full is made upon arriving at the sesshin, via check or cash.

We request that you notify us as soon as possible if cancellation is necessary so that we can offer the opening to a waiting-list registrant.

Important Notes

  • Registration will be open until October 10; however, priority will be given to those who register within 2 weeks. Verbal requests for a reservation are not accepted.
  • We offer easy-to-use online registration. This application is a streamlined and secure process. The link to the online form is below.
  • You need only complete and submit the online application form, there is no payment at this time.
  • At the end of the 2-week registration period, a lottery system will be used to choose participants. You will be notified of your status shortly afterward.
  • Although registration will remain open through October 10, priority will be given to completed registration requests for full-time, residential attendance received within the first two weeks of the registration period. If more requests are received by October 10 than there are spaces available, a lottery system will again be implemented. The sesshin is open to all, regardless of previous retreat experience or financial considerations.
  • Payment will be made upon arriving at sesshin, via check or cash.

Registration is limited. The final date to register is October 10. If you have any questions please contact the sesshin registrar, Kate Hartland, at [email protected].

We hope to see you there!