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Rohatsu Sesshin

Rohatsu Sesshin

December 5 - 11, 2015


Rohatsu Sesshin, the traditional winter sesshin commemorating Buddha's enlightenment, will begin on Monday, December 5 this year. As in recent years, Rohatsu will begin with the usual practice form - zazen, kinhin, talks, service, chanting, etc. - followed by days of more silent and intensive practice. 

Sesshin will begin on Monday evening with registration from 4:00-6:00 and an informal supper at 6:00 pm. The Sesshin will end on Sunday with Jikoji's normal Sunday program, and lunch and clean-up. The suggested contribution, $50 per day, includes dormitory accommodation and meals. Sesshins and other events can be attended on a part time, drop in basis. Please call ahead and register if you plan to attend meals or stay overnight. 

The word Rohatsu is Japanese and literally means "8th Day of the 12th Month" which commemorates the day which the historical Buddha reached enlightenment under a Bodhi tree. 

Rohatsu brings us an opportunity to practice together. Traditionally, in various traditions, the first days of December are marked as a special period for celebrating or intensive practice, and many sanghas all over the world are practicing at this time



Shoho Michael Newhall began practicing and studying with Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi in the early seventies. He was ordained in the mid-eighties by Chino Roshi and also in Japan by Kobun's brother Kiebun Otogawa Roshi, with whom he did ceremony and temple training. He also practiced with Dainin Katagiri Roshi and Tozen Akiyama Roshi. Monastery training was with Tenshin Reb Anderson at Tassajara, and also under Kobun Chino Roshi as shuso of angos at both Hokoji and Jikoji temples. In the early nineties he was director at Jikoji. Throughout this time he taught visual arts at various schools and universities, including Naropa University, where he also taught meditation and Buddhism. He received Dharma Transmission in 2004 through Jakko Eso, Vanja Palmer. Since that time Shoho Michael Newhall has been the Resident Teacher and chief priest at Jikoji Zen Center. His detailed biography is at Shoho Michael Newhall.

Rohatsu 2016
Sesshin Schedule

4–6 pm    Registration
6:00         Dinner
6:45         Clean-Up
7:20         Zazen
7:50         Kinhin
8:00         Zazen
8:30         Opening Remarks
9:00         Refuges, Bows


5:00a    Wake-up Bell
5:30     Zazen
6:10     Kinhin
6:20     Zazen
7:00    Breakfast
8:00     Closing Remarks, in Zendo
8:30     Cleanup, Break
9:40     Outside Kinhin
10:00     Zazen
10:40     Kinhin
10:50     Zazen
11:30     Service, and Dharma Talk
12:20p Lunch 

Tuesday & Saturday           

5:00a    Wake-up Bell
5:30     Zazen
6:10     Kinhin
6:20     Zazen
7:00 Breakfast
8:30     Zazen
9:10     Kinhin
9:20  Zazen
10:00   Outside Kinhin
10:30    Zazen
11:10     Kinhin
11:20    Zazen
12:00p    Lunch/Break
2:00     Zazen
2:40 Kinhin
2:50     Zazen
3:30     Kinhin
3:40     Zazen
4:20     Kinhin
4:30     Zazen
5:10     Kinhin
5:20     Zazen
6:00     Dinner
7:15     Zazen
7:55     Kinhin
8:10     Zazen
8:50    Bows


Earlier Event: August 7
Nagauta-Shamisen concert
Later Event: December 31
New Year’s at Jikoji