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One Day Meditation Retreat with Zen Master Tan Gong

July 13 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

One day zen meditation retreat

Experience a day of Kwan Um Zen practice with Zen Master Tan Gong (José Ramírez). Retreats are an opportunity to deepen our practice, drawing inspiration and energy from the collective commitment of all participants.

Whether you are a seasoned practitioner or new to Kwan Um Zen, this one-day in-person retreat offers a supportive environment for growth and reflection. Beginners are welcome. No prior experience necessary. Don’t miss out on this transformative experience!

This one day retreat includes:

  • Kwan Um Zen sitting, walking, and chanting meditation
  • Silent, informal vegetarian lunch 
  • Dharma Talks and kong-an teaching interviews with a Kwan Um Zen teacher

Special Note for Beginners:

Retreat Schedule:

  • 8:00 AM – Arrival and Registration
  • 8:30 AM – Orientation for beginners
  • 9:00 AM – Retreat starts
  • 10:00 AM – Sitting meditation
  • 12:00 PM – Silent, informal vegetarian lunch
  • 1:30 PM – Sitting meditation
  • 3:30 PM – Circle talk
  • 4:00 PM – Depart

Daily Retreat Fees:

  • $85 Non-Members and Associate Members
  • $60 Members, Seniors, and Full-time Students and Clergy use discount code 1D724MEMBER
  • $50 Dharma Teachers and Dharma-Teachers-in-Training use discount code 1D724DT

Zen Master Tan Gong

Zen Master Tan Gong (José Ramírez) is the Co-Guiding Teacher of the Providence Zen Center. He has been practicing in the Kwan Um School of Zen since 1994, received Inka in April 2009 and received Transmission in 2023 from Zen Master Dae Kwang. José has a degree in mathematics from the Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela, and a Masters and Ph.D in statistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his role as an industrial statistician he works closely with engineers and scientists to help them make sense of data. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island with his wife and daughter.

Dana for our teachers

Dana is the ancient Pali word for “generosity of heart”, or “freely giving”. It is customary to give dana to the teacher at the end of the retreat. Your generous support truly helps them to continue teaching. There will be an envelope on the altar for you to leave dana for the teacher at the end of the retreat. Cash and check are appreciated.


Interested in becoming a member? Membership in the Kwan Um School of Zen entitles you to discounts on retreats and guest stays at our Kwan Um School of Zen Centers. See Become a Member on the Kwan Um School of Zen site.

Questions? Please contact our Director, Derreck Martin, at director@providencezen.org.



July 13
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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