Retreats

At ZMM and ZCNYC

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January New Year’s Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi & Hojin Sensei

January 20 - 26, 2020
Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of zazen, chanting services, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), […]

Half-Day Sit – January

January 25, 2020
Zen Center of New York City
These short zazen intensives are popular with those new to Zen practice or meditation, as well as more experienced students. The morning offers a time of silence and stillness and provides an excellent way to explore and deepen one’s zazen. The retreat will be introduced and concluded with dharma words of encouragement. […]

Zen Essentials — Studying the Self: The Challenge

with Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

January 30, 2020
Zen Center of New York City
Everyone experiences times when it is difficult to keep a steady practice going due to strong emotions, a restless or agitated mind, or feelings of apathy or complacency. We can also face obstacles that come from daily life. In this session we'll explore our work, family or other obligations, and how in facing these perceived obstacles, with wisdom and honesty, we […]

February Introduction to Zen Training Retreat

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

January 31 - February 2, 2020
Are you new to meditation or Zen Buddhist practice? Have you read books about Zen, or been doing meditation on your own? Do you think you’d like to study with a teacher? Designed for those new to Zen or formal Zen training, this introductory retreat allows you to immerse yourself in Zen practice and experience […]

Qi Gong: Embracing the Cold and Transforming It to Vitality

with Paul Bloom

February 1, 2020
Winter is the season for the Kidneys, and water is the element associated with the Kidneys.  During the winter, we conserve and build up the power and energy of the water below the ice, which in spring becomes the thrusting upward of the Liver/Wood energy, as trees burst through the frozen ground.  The Kidney energy […]

Relationships: Promises & Impossibilities

with Mark Finn

February 7 - 9, 2020
The Bible makes no bones about teaching through stories of sexual shame and sibling rivalry. In ancient Greece, the gods lusted and raged on a scale that far outstripped humans. The Buddhist teachings, on the other hand, can seem tame, even avoiding the hazards and joys of romantic love and the thorny issues of family […]

The Buddhist Unconscious: Yogācāra Buddhism and How It Illuminates Bias

with William Waldron

February 14 - 16, 2020
Everything we know about our world comes through our senses and perceptions. Things seem to just appear as true, yet when we examine closely, we see that consciousness mixes each object with a lifetime of ideas, beliefs, experiences and associations. What then is true? We all harbor deep-seated underlying assumptions that lead us to automatically but unconsciously pigeon-hole the people we meet […]

Zazenkai – February

with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

February 15, 2020
Zen Center of New York City
Zazenkai presents us with an opportunity to return to the well of introspection and committed Zen practice. Each day includes an extended schedule of zazen, liturgy, face-to-face interview with a teacher or dharma holder, a formal talk and oryoki lunch (formal meal served in the zendo). Zazenkai is an important way for experienced students to […]

February Bodhidharma Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi & Hojin Sensei

February 17 - 23, 2020
Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of zazen, chanting services, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), […]

Ango Opening Weekend Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi & Hojin Sensei

February 28 - March 1, 2020
A weekend sesshin is a great way to experience sesshin for the first time, and also a wonderful opportunity for more experienced practitioners. Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We will wake up before dawn to begin a schedule that includes […]

Half-Day Sit – February

with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

February 29, 2020
Zen Center of New York City
These short zazen intensives are popular with those new to Zen practice or meditation, as well as more experienced students. The morning offers a time of silence and stillness and provides an excellent way to explore and deepen one’s zazen. The retreat will be introduced and concluded with dharma words of encouragement. […]

Sesshin

with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

March 5 - 8, 2020
Zen Center of New York City
Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of zazen, chanting services, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki) […]

March Introduction to Zen Training Retreat

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

March 6 - 8, 2020
Are you new to meditation or Zen Buddhist practice? Have you read books about Zen, or been doing meditation on your own? Do you think you’d like to study with a teacher? Designed for those new to Zen or formal Zen training, this introductory retreat allows you to immerse yourself in Zen practice and experience […]

One Dharma: Having Desires & Knowing How to Be Satisfied

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

March 13 - 15, 2020
When the mind becomes quiet and clear, we can better understand the subtleties of the Buddha’s teaching and more clearly experience its relationship to our lives. Through silent meditation and inquiry guided by Shugen Roshi, we'll examine our moment-to-moment experience of holding on, and how this constricts and binds the mind and body. We'll also examine […]

Softening the Heart: Naikan – The Japanese Art of Self-Reflection

with Gregg Kretch

March 14, 2020
Zen Center of New York City
As we get older, it is natural for many of our body parts to soften and sag.  The exception, in some cases, is our heart, which may harden. Most of us hope that our hearts will soften, but too often they are as hard as granite. They harden when we encounter others with disappointment, criticism, […]

Zazenkai – March

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

March 21, 2020
Zazenkai presents us with an opportunity to return to the well of introspection and committed Zen practice. Each day includes an extended schedule of zazen, liturgy, face-to-face interview with a teacher or dharma holder, a formal talk and oryoki lunch (formal meal served in the zendo). Zazenkai is an important way for experienced students to […]

March Founding Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi, Hojin Sensei & Hogen Sensei

March 23 - 29, 2020
Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of zazen, chanting services, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), […]

Half-Day Sit – March

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

March 28, 2020
Zen Center of New York City
These short zazen intensives are popular with those new to Zen practice or meditation, as well as more experienced students. The morning offers a time of silence and stillness and provides an excellent way to explore and deepen one’s zazen. The retreat will be introduced and concluded with dharma words of encouragement. […]

April Introduction to Zen Training Retreat

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

April 3 - 5, 2020
Are you new to meditation or Zen Buddhist practice? Have you read books about Zen, or been doing meditation on your own? Do you think you’d like to study with a teacher? Designed for those new to Zen or formal Zen training, this introductory retreat allows you to immerse yourself in Zen practice and experience […]

One Dharma: Perfection and Imperfection

with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

April 4, 2020
Zen Center of New York City
What is perfection? What is imperfection? Sometimes in Buddhism we speak of our imperfections and delusions, yet will also say that delusion and enlightenment are one. How can this be? How do you understand your imperfections, your mistakes, your delusion? How do you understand your wholeness, your original completeness? In the morning we will focus […]

An Evening of Poems from the First Buddhist Women (Therigatha)

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

April 16, 2020
Zen Center of New York City
The Indian master Shantideva said we should rejoice in our aspiration to awaken. It is our great good fortune to have encountered the Dharma, to have access to teachers, and to have a desire to practice. Having set out on the path - whether we've been practicing for years or just taken a few first […]

Healing the Vicious Cycle of Addiction: A Dharmic Way to Interrupt the Cycle

with Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John

April 17 - 19, 2020
Addiction, compulsion, dependence, obsession, craving, infatuation—whatever you want to call it, you know it when you’re in it. Thoughts can be addicting, just like eating, drinking, shopping, or gambling, a fact the Buddha understood well. Luckily (or unluckily, depending on how you look at it), people haven’t changed much in 2,500 years. The teachings of […]

April Apple Blossom Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi, Hojin Sensei & Hogen Sensei

April 20 - 26, 2020
Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of zazen, chanting services, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), […]

Half-Day Sit – April

April 25, 2020
Zen Center of New York City
These short zazen intensives are popular with those new to Zen practice or meditation, as well as more experienced students. The morning offers a time of silence and stillness and provides an excellent way to explore and deepen one’s zazen. The retreat will be introduced and concluded with dharma words of encouragement. […]

May Introduction to Zen Training Retreat

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

May 1 - 3, 2020
Are you new to meditation or Zen Buddhist practice? Have you read books about Zen, or been doing meditation on your own? Do you think you’d like to study with a teacher? Designed for those new to Zen or formal Zen training, this introductory retreat allows you to immerse yourself in Zen practice and experience […]

Investigating Wonder: Taking Up the Faith Mind Poem Through Art Practice with Hojin Sensei

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

May 8 - 10, 2020
In this retreat we will look at the teachings of the Faith Mind Poem and take up the practice of no preferences. To allow anything to appear whether it be strange, awkward, sexual, dark, chaotic, or beautiful. All of it is free to come and go unfettered, carrying with them the full range of thought and feeling. Through this process we may just find where […]

Sangha Treasure Weekend

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi and MRO Seniors

May 15 - 17, 2020
It is only within the sangha that we can realize our deepest intentions of clarity and compassion. In attempt to gain perspective into the workings of our mind and […]

What is most important? Tending to the Way-Seeking Mind

with Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

May 16, 2020
Zen Center of New York City
The Indian master Shantideva said we should rejoice in our aspiration to awaken. It is our great good fortune to have encountered the Dharma, to have access to teachers, and to have a desire to practice. Having set out on the path - whether we've been practicing for years or just taken a few first […]

Brush with Our Time

with Kazuaki Tanahashi

May 22 - 24, 2020
While practicing basic aesthetics and techniques of brushwork, we will notice... Step by step, we will find ways to foster the joy and serene excitement that can be applied to everyday life. Using a variety of papers and brushes, we will experiment with artistic interpretation […]

The Shape of Awake: A Posture Clinic for Meditators

with Hope Martin

May 23, 2020
Zen Center of New York City
In this one day workshop Hope, who is a master teacher of the Alexander Technique, will offer both verbal and hands-on instruction to help you develop ease and non-striving in meditation and other activities. Through Hope's hands-on work, making subtle adjustments to the relationship between the head, neck, and back, you'll learn to access effortless, balanced posture—light and grounded. The process teaches awareness of habits that result in pain, fixed posture and mind-set, and teaches the skill of shifting on the spot to a more open, balanced way of being. […]

May Shuso Hossen Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi, Hojin Sensei & Hogen Sensei

May 25 - 31, 2020
Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of zazen, chanting services, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), […]

Half-Day Sit – May

May 30, 2020
Zen Center of New York City
These short zazen intensives are popular with those new to Zen practice or meditation, as well as more experienced students. The morning offers a time of silence and stillness and provides an excellent way to explore and deepen one’s zazen. The retreat will be introduced and concluded with dharma words of encouragement. […]

June Introduction to Zen Training Retreat

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

June 5 - 7, 2020
Are you new to meditation or Zen Buddhist practice? Have you read books about Zen, or been doing meditation on your own? Do you think you’d like to study with a teacher? Designed for those new to Zen or formal Zen training, this introductory retreat allows you to immerse yourself in Zen practice and experience […]

Money and Mindfulness

with Christian McEwen

June 6, 2020
Zen Center of New York City
"If money talks, it is with our voice." Lynne Twist Traditional Buddhism says we should give “courteously, happily, quickly and without regret.” But this is not always so easy. Money remains one of the trickiest of subjects to address, even among longtime practitioners. Join us as we explore our personal money stories through reading, writing and discussion combined with guided meditation. Our […]

Cultivating the Power for Activism

with Venerable Dr. Pannavati

June 11 - 14, 2020
Our meditation practice alone cannot not serve as our sole commitment to help end the suffering of others. We have a powerful opportunity to cultivate and develop the prerequisites that enable beneficial acts to be undertaken with intention, attention and skillfulness. The weekend will be a combination of contemplation of sutras from Zen, Theravada and […]

Cultivating the Qualities of Jizo Bodhisattva

with Jan Chozen Bays

June 19 - 21, 2020
We are so pleased to welcome Chozen Roshi back to ZMM for this important retreat, timed to coincide with the building of our new Jizo House across from the Monastery's garden. A bodhisattva is a spiritual pilgrim who dedicates their life to helping free others from the suffering caused by fear and ignorance, and to […]

June Summer Solstice Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi & Hojin Sensei

June 22 - 28, 2020
NOTE: Participants must enter by Thursday evening. Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of zazen, chanting services, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), […]

Half-Day Sit – June

June 27, 2020
Zen Center of New York City
These short zazen intensives are popular with those new to Zen practice or meditation, as well as more experienced students. The morning offers a time of silence and stillness and provides an excellent way to explore and deepen one’s zazen. The retreat will be introduced and concluded with dharma words of encouragement. […]

July Introduction to Zen Training Retreat

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

July 3 - 5, 2020
Are you new to meditation or Zen Buddhist practice? Have you read books about Zen, or been doing meditation on your own? Do you think you’d like to study with a teacher? Designed for those new to Zen or formal Zen training, this introductory retreat allows you to immerse yourself in Zen practice and experience […]

Being the Bowl: A Clay Retreat with Raku Firing

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

July 8 - 12, 2020
Being the Bowl is the profound study of staying unconditionally with one thing. How can we return, again and again, to just this one thing through the cascade of our ever-changing moods and emotions? How can we meet ourselves freshly each moment? How can we challenge ourselves to respond spontaneously, allowing ourselves to hear, feel, […]

A Planet of Poets Workshop

with Margaret Gibson

July 10 - 12, 2020
We are the first humans to live with the knowledge that our planet is not immortal. How can art address that? What is our responsibility as poets? In this workshop we’ll explore the place where language comes up against this undeniable new fact of life. A mix of exercises and discussion, the workshop will focus on how we can use the act of writing not only for powerful expression, but also to open ourselves to perceptions that surprise us into deeper understanding.   We will work directly with selected “objects” from the natural world, using each as a focus of interdependence and the understanding that no one thing exists by itself. I like to think that we are re-weaving the web of relations, gazing into Indra’s net, jewel by jewel. Please don’t let financial issues prevent you from attending a program at the Monastery. If you can’t afford the program fee, there are options. 

July Interdependence Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi & Hojin Sensei

July 20 - 26, 2020
Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of zazen, chanting services, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), […]

Half-Day Sit – July

July 25, 2020
Zen Center of New York City
These short zazen intensives are popular with those new to Zen practice or meditation, as well as more experienced students. The morning offers a time of silence and stillness and provides an excellent way to explore and deepen one’s zazen. The retreat will be introduced and concluded with dharma words of encouragement. […]

August Introduction to Zen Training Retreat

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

July 31 - August 2, 2020
Are you new to meditation or Zen Buddhist practice? Have you read books about Zen, or been doing meditation on your own? Do you think you’d like to study with a teacher? Designed for those new to Zen or formal Zen training, this introductory retreat allows you to immerse yourself in Zen practice and experience […]

Intermediate Kyudo: Zen Archery Intensive

with Don Symanski

August 4 - 9, 2020
This is one of the foremost Kyudo training opportunities in the US. You'll receive personalized instruction in basic and formal group shooting, and formless aspects of Kyudo as well. This retreat is designed for anyone who has taken “first shot” at the Monastery or elsewhere. 

Circles on the Water: Call to the Forest — Meeting our Women Ancestors

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

August 4 - 9, 2020
In the early poetry of the first Buddhist women, the Therigatha, we read of women going into the forest for a quiet place to turn inward and free their minds. This wilderness excursion will take us into mountains, forests and onto the waters of the Adirondacks’ Lake Lila so that we too quiet down into […]

Beginners Kyudo: Zen Archery Intensive

with Don Symanski

August 5 - 9, 2020
Through meticulous attention to detail, all aspects of the Kyudo form and movements provide a subtle mirror of the self, as well as an opportunity for deep study. In this outstanding retreat, beginners will receive training in the Seven Coordinations[…]

Precepts II: Entering the Way of Compassion

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

August 7 - 9, 2020
This second-level retreat is part of the Mountains and Rivers Order training program for receiving the Buddhist precepts, yet it is open to all who are interested in practicing the Dharma. In this retreat, we will examine and discuss bodhicitta—the great aspiration to liberate self and other—and its important role in generating compassion […]

Undoing Patriarchy and Unveiling the Sacred Masculine: A Retreat for Men (Self-Identified)

with Lama Rod Owens

August 14 - 16, 2020
Through retreat, meditation, dialogue, sharing and personal storytelling, journaling and ritual, we will together unpack how patriarchy has shaped our expressions of masculinity and the self more generally. We will take up a dharmic lens to examine our relationship to violence and domination, power, femininity, love and sexuality along a path to unveiling and honoring […]

August Hazy Moon Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi & Hojin Sensei

August 17 - 23, 2020
NOTE: Participants must enter on Monday evening. Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of zazen, chanting services, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), […]

Peaceful Dwelling: Meditation Intensive

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

August 27 - 30, 2020
Our traditional zazen intensives, such as sesshin, are carefully planned and scheduled to help practitioners develop inner and outer meditative strength and stability. Yet, when the schedule and structure falls away—at home, after the intensive is over—you may find it challenging to maintain your clarity of purpose and practice. The Peaceful Dwelling retreat provides a […]

Half-Day Sit – August

August 29, 2020
Zen Center of New York City
These short zazen intensives are popular with those new to Zen practice or meditation, as well as more experienced students. The morning offers a time of silence and stillness and provides an excellent way to explore and deepen one’s zazen. The retreat will be introduced and concluded with dharma words of encouragement. […]

September Introduction to Zen Training Retreat

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

September 4 - 6, 2020
Are you new to meditation or Zen Buddhist practice? Have you read books about Zen, or been doing meditation on your own? Do you think you’d like to study with a teacher? Designed for those new to Zen or formal Zen training, this introductory retreat allows you to immerse yourself in Zen practice and experience […]

Wild Grasses Sesshin: A Meditation Intensive for Women (Self-Identified)

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

September 10 - 13, 2020
Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of zazen, liturgy, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), work practice and talks by the teacher […]

September Mountains and Rivers Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi, Hojin Sensei & Hogen Sensei

September 21 - 27, 2020
Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of zazen, chanting services, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), […]

Half-Day Sit – September

September 26, 2020
Zen Center of New York City
These short zazen intensives are popular with those new to Zen practice or meditation, as well as more experienced students. The morning offers a time of silence and stillness and provides an excellent way to explore and deepen one’s zazen. The retreat will be introduced and concluded with dharma words of encouragement. […]

October Introduction to Zen Training Retreat

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

October 2 - 4, 2020
Are you new to meditation or Zen Buddhist practice? Have you read books about Zen, or been doing meditation on your own? Do you think you’d like to study with a teacher? Designed for those new to Zen or formal Zen training, this introductory retreat allows you to immerse yourself in Zen practice and experience […]

Milarepa – Lessons from the Life and Songs of Tibet’s Great Yogi

with Judy Lief

October 15 - 18, 2020
“ I am the yogi Milarepa, Who looked directly and saw the nakedness of my mind. Without complications, it is like the sky. See the sky and rest naturally, And you will be able to see the innermost nature of mind.”   Milarepa did not have an easy life. His childhood was traumatic. As a […]

October Harvest Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi, Hojin Sensei & Hogen Sensei

October 19 - 25, 2020
NOTE: Participants must enter by Thursday evening. Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of zazen, chanting...

Half-Day Sit – October

October 24, 2020
Zen Center of New York City
These short zazen intensives are popular with those new to Zen practice or meditation, as well as more experienced students. The morning offers a time of silence and stillness and provides an excellent way to explore and deepen one’s zazen. The retreat will be introduced and concluded with dharma words of encouragement. […]

October 30 – November 1 Introduction to Zen Training Retreat

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

October 30 - November 1, 2020
Are you new to meditation or Zen Buddhist practice? Have you read books about Zen, or been doing meditation on your own? Do you think you’d like to study with a teacher? Designed for those new to Zen or formal Zen training, this introductory retreat allows you to immerse yourself in Zen practice and experience […]

November Shuso Hossen Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi, Hojin Sensei & Hogen Sensei

November 16 - 22, 2020
Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of zazen...

Half-Day Sit – November

November 21, 2020
Zen Center of New York City
These short zazen intensives are popular with those new to Zen practice or meditation, as well as more experienced students. The morning offers a time of silence and stillness and provides an excellent way to explore and deepen one’s zazen. The retreat will be introduced and concluded with dharma words of encouragement. […]

November 27 – November 29 Introduction to Zen Training Retreat

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

November 27 - 29, 2020
Are you new to meditation or Zen Buddhist practice? Have you read books about Zen, or been doing meditation on your own? Do you think you’d like to study with a teacher? Designed for those new to Zen or formal Zen training, this introductory retreat allows you to immerse yourself in Zen practice and experience […]

Buddha’s Enlightenment Vigil

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

December 11 - 13, 2020
At Zen Mountain Monastery, we celebrate the Buddha’s enlightenment with a vigil dedicated to the simple yet profound practice of zazen. We’ll begin Friday evening with introductory remarks and a renewal of our bodhisattva vows. Then, we’ll mark the Buddha’s enlightenment by sitting together through the night and day. In the spirit of hermitage practice...

December Rohatsu Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi & Hojin Sensei

December 26 - 31, 2020
ZMM
Traditionally, Rohatsu is the last day of a week-long sesshin celebrating the Buddha's enlightenment. Keeping with ZMM tradition, the last day of this sesshin culminates on December 31st, with Shugen Roshi leading a fusatsu, (renewal of vows ceremony) to help us transition into the New Year. The evening will conclude with a midnight breakfast. In a Rohatsu Sesshin, each evening's meditation period to be longer than the previous evening's. We wake up each day before dawn to begin our schedule and add one period of zazen with each passing day. Characterized by the tremendous strength of people practicing together, this is an opportunity to experience the deep stillness that lies within each one of us. Rohatsu includes liturgy, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), silent work practice, interviews with a teacher and talks by the teacher and senior students. Because this is an intensive retreat, those wishing to attend should first complete a full Sesshin. Participants must join by Saturday, December 28.   Please don’t let financial issues prevent you from attending a program at the Monastery. If you can’t afford the program fee, there are options.