December Sesshin – Rohatsu
December 3 - 10, 2023
Sunday 5pm to Sunday 1pm
The light of the Buddha’s awakening has not dimmed. This very moment, alive, awake and luminous. Each year people from all over the world gather to celebrate, to sit in stillness and to be nourished by this truth. All over the world people join in the ritual of Rohatsu sesshin. This sesshin is the culmination of a year of practice and is also the culmination of our fall Ango practice period.
At many centers and monasteries, this is the most valued sesshin of the year, and may be the only one that many people are able to attend.
We are honored to have Hogen and Chozen Roshi, stepping forward again and again, to help guide us through the trenches and pitfalls, joys and sorrows of our own minds as we partake once again in this sacred ritual.
This sesshin starts on Sunday evening and ends the following Sunday afternoon. It is historically one of our more rigorous sesshin–we are early to bed and early to rise. Be inspired by this global effort to awaken fully and help bring others to awakening! Together!
Sesshin is a rigorous and, at times, challenging silent meditation retreat that is not recommended for beginners. In order to attend in person, we require that you attend one of our silent weekend retreats or a five-seven day silent retreat at another Zen Center before registering for our longer zen retreats. For more information about what to expect when attending a sesshin, click here.
Proof of vaccination and booster is required to attend events at Great Vow Zen Monastery. For the latest on our health policies click here.
Tentative Schedule: Monday -Saturday
3:50 Wake Up
7:30 Oryoki Breakfast
9:00 Work Practice
10:20 End Work
9:20 Formal Tea
Jan Chozen Bays, Roshi
Hogen Bays, Roshi