New Year’s Sesshin, January 12-15 has changed to online only and registration deadline has been extended.
New Year’s Sesshin takes place online only from January 12 7:30 PM through 8 AM on Sunday January 15. We are sorry for the change in plans that became necessary, but hope you will consider joining online. Please register by the end of the day, Wednesday, January 11, if you would like to participate online — full time or part time. If you had already registered for in person participation prior to this announcement, no need to re-register. We will be in contact with you to determine if you would like to participate online.
This is a wonderful opportunity to participate in a sesshin for those especially concerned about COVID, winter weather, or simply unable to get away for the retreat. For example, you can participate in early morning and/or evening if you are at a job during the day. You can attend the talk and discussion on Saturday morning at about 10:50. A schedule will be sent to all who register.
The sesshin begins with a Fusatsu ceremony (Renewal of the Vows) during the second period Thursday night. It will be online and those participating can take chanting roles if they would like. During that ceremony, we first chant the Gatha of Atonement. Then after asking Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to be present, we chant the Four Bodhisattva Vows followed by Taking Refuge in the Three Treasures. We hope to begin offering this important ceremony on a monthly basis again soon. This will be the first time we have held it since the start of the pandemic. Everyone is welcome, whether you have taken the Buddhist precepts yet or not. We end sesshin with the Gate of Sweet Nectar Sunday morning (online), renewing our vows to care for those who are marginalized and in need.
Suggested donation for online participation is $10-30 per day of attendance. 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. To participate in this event, please register no later than Wednesday, January 11.