2023 Rohatsu Sesshin
2023 Rohatsu Sesshin

2023 Rohatsu Sesshin

December 5, 2023 @ 7:30 pm – December 10, 2023 @ 8:30 am America/Chicago Timezone
Great Plains Zen Center
W7762 Falk Rd
Monroe, WI 53566
Full-Time, In-Person: $280 (Members, $240)
(608) 325-6248

2023 Rohatsu Sesshin takes place Tuesday night, December 5 through Sunday morning, December 10.  An informal dinner at 5:30 will take place on Tuesday evening,  followed by oryoki and zendo procedures for those needing it.  The formal retreat will begin at 7:30 PM that night.

This important sesshin commemorates the Enlightenment of Shakyamuni Buddha, celebrated on Dec. 8  as Bodhi Day in our tradition. 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 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 10 with the Gate of Sweet Nectar Ceremony.

Please read the current COVID guidelines in effect for this retreat.  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 for fulltime in person participation in this retreat is $240 for members, $280 for others.  Prorated amounts for part-time participation are shown on the event registration form.  The suggested donation for online participation is $10-30 per day.  To participate in this event, register no later than Sunday, December 3.