Rohatsu Sesshin, Dec. 6-11
Rohatsu Sesshin, Dec. 6-11

Rohatsu Sesshin, Dec. 6-11

Rohatsu Sesshin

Our 2022 Rohatsu Sesshin takes place Tuesday night, December 6 through Sunday morning, December 11.  Rohatsu will begin with an informal dinner at 5:30 Tuesday evening, followed by zendo procedures instruction for those who require it.

This sesshin is especially significant as it commemorates the Enlightenment of Shakyamuni Buddha, also called Bodhi Day. It is a time to deeply investigate the grave matter – the question “who am I ?” Regardless of what challenges we experience in our lives and communities and in the world itself, there is still this question that we alone can address.

Upon his enlightenment, Shakyamuni Buddha was challenged by the delusive voice of Mara, demanding proof of the authenticity of his experience. In response, he touched the earth with his right hand, asking her to bear witness to the truth he had realized, the fundamental non-separateness (selflessness) of all things. Please come and touch the ground of the Great Earth, confirming this ancient truth for yourself.

The retreat will include zazen (seated meditation), kinhin (walking meditation),  services, including a special Bodhi Day Service, talks, daily self care periods and vegetarian meals . Dokusan (face to face meeting with Myoyu Roshi) will be offered during this retreat.  The retreat will end on Sunday morning, December 11 with the Gate of Sweet Nectar Ceremony.

Important update:  GPZC now requires that anyone attending in person take a rapid antigen test (home test is fine) within 24 hours prior to arriving at this sesshin and only attend in person if the result is negative.  

All other COVID precautions remain in effect:

  • We are requiring that anyone attending in person be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and require proof of vaccination. We strongly recommend also having the booster shot, but do not require it.
  • Anyone with a medical contraindication for the COVID vaccine (or booster, should we require it in the future) can provide proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours prior to attendance in lieu of the vaccine.
  • Participants will be seated in the zendo at least 6 feet apart and asked to maintain distance during kinhin, services, and lunch.
  • Masks must be worn indoors except when eating, sleeping, or if you are the only person staying in a room and have the door closed. We have very limited single rooms available. If you are uncomfortable sharing a room with others, we’ll let you know what other options are available, such as a motel room.
  • Participants must sit at designated spots for meals and eat in silence.
  • In-person participants must wear N95, KN95 or KF94 grade masks and will be provided with one if they do not bring one.
  • Participants must wash their hands frequently, use hand sanitizer when handling shared equipment and wipe surfaces with disinfectant after use as appropriate.
  • Please do not attend the retreat in person if you are ill and/or have any symptoms (COVID-related or not) that indicate a possible contagious illness.

Part-time participation will be prorated and scholarships are available for any who need them. As always, we encourage those who are able to donate an additional amount for the retreat to help us keep retreats affordable for everyone. Participants will receive instructions, a detailed schedule, and Zoom access information after registering.  The cost of this retreat is prorated for part time attendance and there are different rates for in person and online participation .  Cost details will be shown on the event registration formTo participate in this event, please complete our Event Registration Form by no later than Monday, December 1.