Kendo Sesshin

Register for this 7-day intensive, designed to elevate serious Kendo performance through Zen training.


Kendo Sesshin

The first annual Kendo Sesshin will be held at Daihonzan Chozen-ji Zen Dojo in Honolulu, Hawaii in 2019. Sign up  below to hear when the Kendo Sesshin will take place.

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Collect the mind, refine your Way

Sesshin is a Zen training intensive that traditionally spans one week and is focused on zazen, or seated meditation. The aim of this Kendo Sesshin is to give participants a taste of the traditional sesshin focused on elevating Kendo performance through collecting the mind, and transcending physical and spiritual limitations.

The Kendo Sesshin includes a rigorous daily schedule, including Zen training activities (such as Hojo kata, calligraphy, archery, tea ceremony and outside work) and multiple hours of zazen.


Daihonzan Chozen-ji

The Kendo Sesshin will take place at Daihonzan Chozen-ji International Zen Dojo of Hawaii, and will be led by two of Hawaii's highest ranking Kendo teachers, Deku Teshima (Shichi Dan) and Terushi Ueno (Roku Dan). 

Established in 1976 by Omori Sogen Rotaishi and Tenshin Tanouye Rotaishi, Daihonzan Chozen-ji is a Rinzai Zen temple in Honolulu, Hawaii. It is surrounded by rainforest and the ki'ai, or spiritual energy, of decades of dedicated Zen training. Click here to read more about the history of Chozen-ji.

Food and lodging will be provided to Kendo Sesshin participants on-site. Total cost for participation (not including transportation to and from Chozen-ji) to be determined. Scholarships available.