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sesshin (sesshin 攝心)

Literally, to "collect" or "gather in" (setsu 攝) the "mind" (shin心). A period in the life of a Japanese Zen monastery, usually a week in length but sometimes just a few days, when the ordinary schedule of daily observance is adjusted to maximize the hours spent in zazen and reduce or eliminate time devoted to other routine activities such a communal labor and sleep.