December Rohatsu Sesshin
with Shugen Roshi & Hojin Sensei
December 26, 2019 - January 1, 2020
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 session 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 Friday, 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.
Shugen Roshi Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi received dharma transmission from Daido Roshi in 1997. He is head of the Mountains and River Order and abbot of both Zen Center of New York City and Zen Mountain Monastery. He has been in full-time residential training since 1986, before which he studied music and mathematics. His teachings have appeared in various Buddhist journals and in The Best Buddhist Writing 2009. Hojin Sensei A Zen priest, Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei received 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 currently serves as MRO training coordinator and co-Director of the Zen Center of NYC. Before entering the Monastery in 1990, Hojin Sensei studied fine art and trained under legendary ceramicist Toshiku Takaezu, among others. Over the years she has taught drawing, ceramics, and painting, and continues to teach on the creative process within the Mountains and Rivers Order.
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