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Rohatsu Sesshin 2021 Online

December 6 @ 7:00 pm - December 12 @ 11:00 am


Rohatsu, the most revered retreat among Buddhists, celebrates the awakening of Shakyamuni Buddha. In this sesshin, we join practitioners all over the world taking up the seat of complete open presence and deep inquiry. Engaging in this wholehearted practice of zazen, we follow the Buddha’s example to taste the truth directly for ourselves.

This joint sangha sesshin includes meditation, chanting, dharma talks, sanzen, mindful work, exercise, and eating. The schedule balances online presence with offline exercises and activities. Mushin and Seido will give dharma talks each evening. These talks will be open to the public. Sesshin participants are expected to keep the schedule at home, create a dedicated meditation space, and practice silence as much as possible. For those living with others in their household, there may need to be practical adjustments. Please consult with one of the teachers if you need to modify your schedule.

Retreat begins Monday night at 7 p.m. and goes until mid-morning on Sunday. We encourage everyone who is able to attend the entire retreat. For those with unavoidable commitments, it is possible to register for individual days as long as you can begin at 6:30 a.m. and stay until closing at 9 p.m.

Sample Rohatsu Schedule (This will change as we get closer to the event)

6-7:30 a.m.        Zazen [begin online]

7:30-8                 Service [online]

8-9                      Breakfast [begin online]

9-10:30               Samu [Begin online]

10:30-Noon        Zazen  [begin online]

Noon                    Lunch & Rest [begin online]

1:30 – 3 p.m.       Zazen or Exercise [begin online]

3:30 – 4:00        Daisan Breakout Groups [online]

4:00-5:30            Zazen  [on own]

5:30-7:00            Dinner [begin online]

7:00-9:00           Zazen [Includes Dharma talk]

Yaza [additional optional sitting]


December 6 @ 7:00 pm
December 12 @ 11:00 am


online platform United States
Retreat and Event Registration


To register for a retreat or event, please fill out the below form. Most retreats are open to beginners, but some may not be suitable for those with particular limitations. Feel free to contact us if you have questions whether any particular retreat is appropriate for your level of experience.

Registration Form


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