The traditional form of Korean intensive meditation is known as Yong Maeng Jong Jin (YMJJ), often translated as Sitting like a Tiger about to Leap (Korean, lit. strong intense sitting practice). YMJJ can be from two days up to a week or more in length.
YMJJs are held in silence. Each day consists of about ten hours of Zen practice (bowing, chanting, sitting and walking), with work and rest periods, and vegetarian meals eaten in traditional temple style. The retreat includes Dharma talks and kong-an interviews with a teacher (Zen Master or Dharma Master). Prior meditation experience or attendance at an instruction class is recommended.
Our Kwan Um Zen centers and groups regularly practice Yong Maeng Jong Jin at weekends and other times. All the formal Zen practice forms are used, including kong-an interviews with visiting Zen teachers of the Kwan Um School of Zen