Rohatsu Sesshin (Celebration of Buddha’s Awakening)
December 5-11 (7 days), 5am-9pm Each day will include morning teachings with Kokyo and formal oryoki meals. Please plan to attend at least two days, or whole sesshin if possible, to help support this most important retreat of the year – a chance to discover anew, clarify, and actualize our deepest intention. Sustaining members, $35 per day. All others, $40.
Buddha’s Awakening Ceremony, “Shosan” Inquiry and Response Ceremony, and Fall Practice Period closing
Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony
Tuesday, December 17, 5:45-6:30pm (instead of evening zazen)
Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk
December 18, 6:35pm – Patrice Monsour
Introduction to Zen
Saturday, December 21, 10am-noon
Sobun Katherine Thanas Roshi Monthly Memorial Ceremony
Monday, December 24, 6:25am, at time of morning service
Zendo closed for Holidays
Tuesday, December 24, noon - Tuesday, December 31, evening.
Zendo will open again on New Year’s Eve at 8:30pm.
New Year’s Eve
Tuesday, December 31, 8:30pm
Zazen and walking meditation from 8:30pm until midnight, when the New Year is welcomed in by ringing the bell 108 times (to release the 108 delusions). This will be followed with a fire in the courtyard, letting go of 2013 by burning accumulated scraps and old habits that we aspire to drop away in the coming year. Tea and noodles in the house follow. Everyone is welcome.
New Year’s Day Chanting of the Diamond Sutra
Wednesday, January 1, 12:30 pm
Open the New Year with a recitation of this great jewel of our lineage, "The Diamond That Cuts Through Illusion". The recitation will begin with a simple opening ceremony and end with a dedication of merit. (Regular schedule resumes Jan. 2)