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Three Day Retreat with Paul Haller

Friday November 22nd - Sunday November 24th, 2019


Friday 9am-7pm

Saturday 9am-7pm

Sunday 8:30am-6pm

*If you are only able to join for Saturday/Sunday, please inquire about partial participation

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Join us as we welcome back Ryushin Paul Haller to lead our 3 Day Retreat, Nov 22-24.  Paul has been teaching for over 30 years and served as the Abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center from 2003-2012.  Originally from Belfast, Paul teaches across Europe and the US and is deeply involved with hospice work, prison work as well as using mindfulness to work with recovery and depression.


This retreat will be silent, with sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks by Ryushin Paul and some mindful movement as well.


To register, please send an email to


If you have not sat a retreat before, or a full day sit, please indicate this in your email.

This is the final retreat of our Fall Practice Period, but it is open to new participants.  If you are part of the practice period, this retreat is included. 


For participants, the suggested donation is $100-150.  No one turned away for lack of funds so please do not hesitate because of financial concerns.

The final Shuso Ceremony for Rev. Michaela will be at the end of the 3 Day retreat on Sunday November 24, around 3pm. 

This ceremony will be open to Practice Period participants, retreat participants as well as MCZ sangha members due to limited space.  If you would like to attend but are not regularly at our events, please email us.  Details to follow.

Looking ahead:
  • Half-Day Retreat: Sunday, November 3 (8am-12)

  • Dharma talk by Rev. Michaela: November 10 (10am)

  • Half-Day Retreat: Sunday December 1

  • Rohatsu Buddha's Enlightenment Celebration: Sunday, December 8

  • We will be likely be Closed from December 23-January 4. Details will be posted on our website.

Fall Practice Period 

with Ryushin Paul Haller and Rev. Michaela O'Connor Bono

October 4- November 24

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Practice period is derived from a Zen tradition known as ango which translates to "peaceful dwelling". It is a period of intensive and committed practice, with an emphasis on zazen, study and work.

Our upcoming practice period at Mid City Zen is an opportunity for deeper study and practice. It will be a 7 week period beginning with a Day Long retreat and ending with a 3 day retreat led by visiting teacher Ryushin Paul Haller. There will also be a 5 week class series on the Heart Sutra taught by Rev. Michaela.


We are also asking each participant to commit to intensify your practice in whatever way you can. This might mean sitting zazen at home each day, or more study. Visiting Teacher Ryushin Paul Haller will also be available for Dokusan (one-on-one practice discussions) when he is here. Rev. Michaela will serve as the Shuso, or Head Student and will give additional teachings and there will be a final ceremony on November 24 to mark this rite of passage.

We are asking folks to commit to as much of the practice period as you can. Please fill out this application to express your intention and your availability. If you are not able to attend some of the events, please indicate this on the application form:

Practice Period Events


Opening meeting:

October 4:  6-7:30pm


Full Day Retreat

October 5: 8am-6 pm


Class series

5 week class series on The Heart Sutra

Thursday evenings 7-8:15pm, begins 10/10


Final Retreat and Shuso Ceremony

November 22-24

Full schedule to be announced soon

Suggested Donation:

$150 for Members    $250 for Non-Members

No one turned away for lack of funds

Please email with any questions

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