Rohatsu Sesshin is the traditional winter sesshin commemorating Buddha's enlightenment. 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 Sunday 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, $60 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