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March 1, 2018—March 4, 2018

Empty Bowl Zendo: Silent Sesshin

This is a practice for those of all faiths and no faith.  People of all religious varieties are all welcome to this retreat; meeting and respecting one another’s traditions and points of view. 

Silent retreat is the practice of stilling the mind through wholehearted attentiveness to the breath. This steady attentiveness, coupled with the stillness of the body, frees the mind from its ordinary activities of thinking, daydreaming, or speculating on the nature of life. When practiced attentively, Zen offers an ever-deepening insight into the oneness of life. This insight reveals to us our own human potential and calls us to use this potential in the service of others. It also brings us to the present moment, clarifying and supporting our readiness to meet the ever-changing circumstances of daily life. 


Fr. Robert Kennedy, S.J., is a Catholic Jesuit priest and a Zen master. He studied Zen with Yamada Roshi, Maezumi Roshi, and Bernard Glassman Roshi. He holds doctorates in Theology from Ottawa University and Doctor of Ministry in Psychology and Clinical Studies from Andover-Newton in Boston. In 2017, Roshi Kennedy received two honorary doctorates, one from St. Peter’s University, and one from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. Roshi Kennedy conducts Zen retreats in many centers in the US, and over the world. He is a practicing psychotherapist and the author of two books, Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit and, Zen Gifts to Christians.

Sensei Carl Genjo Bachmann is the teacher at the Clear Mountain Zen Center in Montclair, NJ. He is a dharma successor to Roshi Robert Kennedy S.J in the White Plum lineage. He received transmission in December of 2010. Sensei Bachmann also worked as a social worker and administrator in the public welfare system for many years, running a variety of programs for homeless women and children. Sensei is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private, located in Morristown, NJ.

Sensei Ray Cicetti is a dharma heir to Roshi Robert Kennedy, and is a member of the White Plum lineage of Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi Roshi. He is the resident teacher at the Empty Bowl Zen Center in Morristown, NJ. He is also a psychotherapist, husband and father.

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