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September 13, 2019—September 15, 2019

Wake Up to Who You Are Zen Retreat

This retreat is co-led by Roshi Robert Kennedy, S.J., Sensei Ray Cicetti, and Sensei Carl Bachmann.

A limited number of Hemera Contemplative Fellowships are available in support of this program. For more information, please refer here.

This silent retreat explores Zen practice from an experiential and embodied perspective, and includes: seated and walking meditation, dharma talks, and private interview with the teachers.  This retreat is jointly lead by teachers of Morning Star Zendo, Empty Bowl Zendo and Clear Mountain Zendo. 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.

To register for this retreat, please click here to download the appropriate form and mail registration form and full payment (check payable to Morning Star Zendo) to Morning Star Zendo at 50 Glenwood Ave., Apt 309, Jersey City, NJ 07306 (attention: Retreat). 


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 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 retreat 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 Ray Ruzan Cicetti, is the resident Zen teacher of the Empty Bowl Zendo in Morristown, New Jersey and member of the White Plum lineage. He was installed as sensei in 2004 by his teacher Robert Kennedy Roshi and is authorized to teach and transmit the dharma. In addition, he is a poet and practicing psychotherapist with an interest in bringing spirit back into the therapeutic relationship. He is married and living in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey.

Sensei Carl Bachmann is a Zen teacher at the Clear Mountain Zen Sangha in Montclair, New Jersey. He studied with Bernard Glassman Roshi and Robert Kennedy Roshi. receiving Dharma Transmission from Roshi Kennedy in December, 2010. Sensei Bachmann is a practicing psychotherapist and co-author of Embracing Life As It Is, Lessons From Wabi- Sabi, Haiku, and Zen.


To register for this retreat, please click here to download the appropriate form and mail registration form and full payment (check payable to Morning Star Zendo) to Morning Star Zendo at 50 Glenwood Ave., Apt 309, Jersey City, NJ 07306 (attention: Retreat).