7 Day Kōan/Huatou Retreat

Led by Jeff Shore

This intensive 7-day Kōan/Huatou retreat is led by Jeff Shore. Guo Gu invited him personally from Japan to the Tallahassee Chan Center for this special retreat. Jeff Shore is the guiding teacher of the Being Without Self sangha, and is the first westerner to complete the Rinzai koan training in Japan under Japanese Zen master Keidō Fukushima. He is a professor emeritus of Zen in the Modern World at Hanazono University in Kyoto, Japan. Jeff lives in Kyoto and practices at the Rōkoan hermitage. This retreat is open to anyone who has done a 7-day intensive retreat before.

Retreat Dates: Friday April 29, 2022 (6:30pm ET) – Friday May 6, 2022 (12:00pm ET)

Registration Deadline: Wednesday April 27, 12:00pm ET

Suggested Donations:
Supported $375
Regular $550
Sustaining $675
Online Participant $200

Please download the retreat schedule here.

Tallahassee Chan Center
1310 North Paul Russell Rd.
Tallahassee, FL 32301

The Tallahassee Chan Center has a limited number of beds reserved for retreatants in gender-separated housing. Please make a note in your application if you wish to stay on site. We also have camping grounds for those who wish to stay on the 5-acre lot. If you wish to stay at the center before and/or after the retreat, please email us to make arrangements.

COVID-19 Protocol: All in-person retreatants and volunteers will be mandated to be fully immunized for COVID-19 prior to acceptance and be required to sign a waiver beforehand.

Please review our in-person retreat etiquette here.

The online retreat will be done at the applicants own pace. We suggest that you follow a light schedule as the Zoom link will be minimally monitored. There are currently no plans for interview opportunity for online retreatants at this time, but we are monitoring the COVID situation and the number of in-person retreat applicants.

We recommend that you choose a schedule to participate in. Here is an example of three types of practice schedules:


Please review our online retreat etiquette here.

The first of the six paramitas is the practice of generosity, dana. Among the paramitas, generosity can be the easiest to fulfill; one can reap immediate benefits from it.

After donating, you will receive an email with the application link.

Option 1: You can donate in small increments of your choosing throughout the year. To do this, please start a monthly donation plan above. Any amount you can afford is fine.

Option 2: If you cannot make any monetary donation at this moment, we have scholarships available. Please download this form, complete it, and email it to tallahassee.chan@gmail.com with the title “Option 2 April 2022 Retreat”.