The training is less formal during the spring and fall Seikan work exchange periods. Residents participate in chanting in the morning, semi-formal meals, and zazen meditation in the morning and evening. Time is devoted to work practice, which ranges from routine site maintance, to new construction, kitchen work etc. Seichu has less of a focus on silence, so there is time to develop interpersonal relationships among other staff members. During Seikan the Mount Baldy Zen Center also provides food and lodging for various outside groups who rent the facilities to conduct seminars, spiritual retreats etc.

Typical Seikan day:

  • 5 am wake-up
  • 5:15 formal tea
  • 5: 20 chanting
  • 6:00 zazen
  • 7:30 breakfast/cleanup
  • 8:15 break
  • 9:00 work bell
  • 12:00 lunch
  • 12:45 break
  • 2:30 work practice
  • 5:15 Showers
  • 6:00 Dinner
  • 7:30-8:30 zazen