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December 4 @ 7:00 pm - December 10 @ 11:00 am$300
Rohatsu is the most revered retreat on the Buddhist calendar. It both celebrates and enacts the Buddha’s enlightenment including overcoming fear and delusion under the bodhi tree before awakening with the morning star. This year we will experiment with a “vigil style” retreat at Zen West, opening the gate wide in the Dharma Cloud lineage fashion. While full time participation is highly encouraged, it is possible for any sangha member to join in the 2 hour meditation periods throughout the day on a drop in basis. A schedule will be sent to the sangha with possible entry and exit times. Online participation will also be available throughout the retreat. Sesshin is a precious opportunity to experience the deep stillness and clarity of heart which comes from extended periods of meditation and silent group activity. Rtreat activities and Zen rituals forms include zazen, chanting, silent meals (oryoki), work practice (samu), dharma talks and sanzen with the teacher.