• $300.00 – Sunday/Monday Arrival
  • $275.00 – Tuesday Arrival
  • $275.00 – *Practicing Member Sunday/Monday Arrival
  • $245.00 – *Practicing Member Tuesday Arrival
  • $200.00 – **MRO Student Sunday/Monday Arrival
  • $175.00 – **MRO Student Tuesday Arrival

Date & Time Details: December 26–31, 2021

Location: Zen Mountain Monastery

ZMM Registrar
(845) 688-2228


Rohatsu Sesshin

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi and Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

December 26 - 31, 2021

In the Zen tradition, Rohatsu sesshin celebrates the Buddha’s enlightenment and is traditionally the most intensive and challenging sesshin of the year. Each day begins well before dawn (3:45 am) and is a continuous practice of meditation throughout the day while sitting, walking, standing and lying down. There are from nine to eleven hours of zazen (the time for sitting meditation increases each day), chanting services, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), silent work practice and talks by teachers and senior students. Sesshin is also an opportunity to receive personal guidance in private interviews with the teacher, and to draw from the tremendous strength of people practicing together as we experience the deep stillness that lies within each one of us.

Because sesshin is a very intensive retreat, you should have attended at least one full sesshin at Zen Mountain Monastery. If you have not attended Rohatsu before, you must also have a pre-sesshin interview, so please call the Training Office to schedule at (845) 688-2228.

Participants must join by Tuesday, December 28

As with all in-person retreats at the Monastery during this time, participants are required to be fully vaccinated and to provide negative results from a PCR test taken no more than three days in advance of arrival. 

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.

We also encourage everyone to use our Rideshare program to either arrange or offer rides to and from the Monastery.


Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi
Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi is the Head of the Mountains and Rivers Order and Abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery. Shugen entered full-time residential training in 1986 after studying mathematics and receiving a degree in classical music. He received dharma transmission from John Daido Loori, Roshi in 1997. His teachings on Zen, social justice and environmental stewardship have appeared in various Buddhist journals, and The Best Buddhist Writing 2009 (Shambhala Publications). His book of poetry, O, Beautiful End, a collection of Zen memorial poems, was published in 2012.
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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei
Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei received the priestly transmission (the transmission of the Precepts) from Daido Roshi, who began the process in 2009, and from Shugen Roshi, who completed the transmission in 2012. In 2017, she received full dharma transmission from Shugen Roshi. She serves as the Training Director for the Mountains and Rivers Order and Abbot of the Zen Center of NYC-Fire Lotus Temple . Hojin Sensei began her artistic career early and has taught drawing, ceramics, and painting, opening people up to the wonders and mysteries of the creative process and continues to offer Art Practices as part of her teaching. She has been in full-time residential training at the Monastery since 1990 and now shares her time at the Brooklyn temple.
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