Rohatsu Sesshin

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Rohatsu Sesshin is held each year at Zen temples and monasteries throughout the world to commemorate the enlightenment of Shakyamuni Buddha, which occurred when he saw a star at dawn on the eighth day of his retreat. This intensive sesshin is an unsurpassable opportunity for deep practice and realization, inspired by the Buddha’s determination as he sat beneath the Bodhi tree, vowing not to rise until he achieved true awakening.

Our Rohatsu week will include an on-line schedule of zazen hosted by Kongo-ji, Shobo-ji, and Hoen-ji as follows: On the mornings of December 1 – 4, Hoen-ji will host morning service and zazen from 6 to 7:30 a.m. On the evenings of November 30 – December 3, Shobo-ji will hold zazen from 7 – 9 p.m., with readings of Hakuin’s “Rohatsu Exhortations.”


On the evening of December 4th, we will begin a full-time four-day sesshin schedule led by Shinge Roshi, Dokuro Osho, and Hokuto Sensei. This Zoom sesshin will include zazen, morning service, teisho, a Dharma talk, dokusan and Dharma interviews, and readings of the “Rohatsu Exhortations.” Off-line time will be built into the schedule for meals, work practice at your homes, and kinhin. Our Rohatsu Sesshin will conclude on the morning of December 8th with zazen and the Jodo-E Ceremony.

Register for either the whole week or just for the first half. After you register, you will receive a schedule with Zoom links. While we encourage full-time participation, you may join us for as much as you can. The sliding scale fee for the entire week is $100 to $200. The sliding scale fee for just the first half of the week is $25 to $50. Please help the Zen Studies Society to continue to make our events available to those who cannot afford the full price by making a contribution in addition to your payment.

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Mon, Nov 30, 2020 - 7:00pm - Tue, Dec 8, 2020 - 8:00am
Online via Zoom
Program fee: 
$25-$50 1st half, $100-$200 full week