Rohatsu is held each year at Zen temples and monasteries throughout the world to commemorate the enlightenment of Shakyamuni Buddha when he saw a star at dawn on the eighth day of his retreat. This intensive, in-person 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. Rohatsu week begins the evening of November 30 and concludes on the morning of December 8 with Jodo-E (Buddha’s Enlightenment Ceremony). Our scheduled sittings will extend farther and farther into the night. Shinge Roshi, Chigan Roshi and Hokuto Osho will give teisho and offer dokusan. Each evening we will hear Hakuin Zenji’s “Rohatsu Exhortations.” If you have any questions or have not attended sesshin at DBZ before, please call 845-439-4566 or email the office before you register. The fee is $525 for members and $600 for nonmembers. No one will be turned away for lack of funds; please contact the office for support. ZSS Health Protocols apply.
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