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Postby desert_woodworker on Thu Nov 26, 2015 1:39 pm

The time for Rōhatsu sesshin is coming soon.

Perhaps some people here will be attending.

Sesshin is the intensive one-week practice that is characteristic in Zen Buddhist practice circles. And Rohatsu sesshin is the most intensive sesshin of the year, every year. "Sesshin" literally means "touching the mind", or "joining the mind".

Rohatsu sesshin commemorates the Buddha's awakening, and the 7-day period of seclusion and practice ends on the day on which the Buddha's awakening is celebrated: Bodhi Day. It is the 8th day of the 12th month. On the Gregorian calendar, that is December 8. Rōhatsu (臘八) is Japanese and literally means 8th Day of the 12th Month.

So, the usual span of days of Rohatsu sesshin is December 1 - 8.

Even if we don't attend a Rohatsu sesshin, we can practice in our usual way. Having attended a number of Rohatsu sesshin, and Ch'an retreats held over the same interval, the time always seems special to me. Even while not on sesshin, it's an opportunity to attend to one's practice, and bolster it in some ways. I usually increase my sitting time, and the number of times of sitting per day, and give extra attention to physical practice. I think I'm usually quieter, and I usually lose some weight!

Knowing that we are practicing with others all around the world during Rohatsu sesshin can be a settling influence, and an invigorating one.

I wish everyone, everywhere, a wonderful Rohatsu sesshin, and a beautiful Bodhi Day.

"Keep your feet warm, and your head cool".

Strong practice,

--Joe
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Re: Rōhatsu Sesshin

Postby [james] on Thu Nov 26, 2015 1:53 pm

Thanks for your encouraging post Joe.
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Re: Rōhatsu Sesshin

Postby Linda Anderson on Thu Nov 26, 2015 4:36 pm

Thanks for your warm wishes Joe. :Namaste:

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Re: Rōhatsu Sesshin

Postby Jojo on Thu Nov 26, 2015 5:14 pm

Thanks for the reminder, Joe.
In our sangha, we do a yearly "householders´ rohatsu".
Usually, people come to the zendo once a week.
From Dec. 1-8, we commit to coming to the zendo *each day* and sit together at 07:00 a.m. and at 07:00 p.m. local time, 90 minutes each sit.
The night from saturday to sunday we sit through from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m.
During the day, everybody follows his work and family duties.
After the last evening sit on Dec. 8th, we have a good meal together at a nice restaurant, paid from the zendo funds :)
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Re: Rōhatsu Sesshin

Postby Gregory Wonderwheel on Thu Nov 26, 2015 5:16 pm

Rohatsu sesshin for Rocks and Clouds Zendo is 11/29 to 12/05 at Black Mountain Retreat Center in Cazadero, CA.

Like the "What's in your wallet?" ad campaign, perhaps we could make an ad campaign for Rohatsu's everywhere with the slogan "Will you see the Morning Star?
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Re: Rōhatsu Sesshin

Postby desert_woodworker on Fri Nov 27, 2015 1:50 pm

Hi, Gregory,

Gregory Wonderwheel wrote:Like the "What's in your wallet?" ad campaign, perhaps we could make an ad campaign for Rohatsu's everywhere with the slogan "Will you see the Morning Star?

Yes! Or, modeled after the Dairy Association's slogan:

"Got Emptiness?" ;)

:Namaste:,

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Re: Rōhatsu Sesshin

Postby Monk Rob on Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:07 am

Thank you for sharing. And thank you for the kind words of encouragement. _/\_
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Re: Rōhatsu Sesshin

Postby desert_woodworker on Sat Nov 28, 2015 2:11 pm

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Re: Rōhatsu Sesshin

Postby desert_woodworker on Mon Nov 30, 2015 3:16 pm

Gregory,

Gregory Wonderwheel wrote:Rohatsu sesshin for Rocks and Clouds Zendo is 11/29 to 12/05 at Black Mountain Retreat Center in Cazadero, CA.

Are you off on that sesshin you mentioned? I guess if we don't hear from you for a week or more, maybe you're attending.

Strong practice!, in any (and all) case(s).

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Re: Rōhatsu Sesshin

Postby desert_woodworker on Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:58 pm

The time for Rōhatsu sesshin is once again here. Strong practice, everyone!

--Joe

desert_woodworker wrote:The time for Rōhatsu sesshin is coming soon.

Perhaps some people here will be attending.

Sesshin is the intensive one-week practice that is characteristic in Zen Buddhist practice circles. And Rōhatsu sesshin is the most intensive sesshin of the year, every year. "Sesshin" literally means "touching the mind", or "joining the mind".

Rōhatsu sesshin commemorates the Buddha's awakening, and the 7-day period of seclusion and practice ends on the day on which the Buddha's awakening is celebrated: Bodhi Day. It is the 8th day of the 12th month. On the Gregorian calendar, that is December 8. Rōhatsu (臘八) is Japanese and literally means 8th Day of the 12th Month.

So, the usual span of days of Rōhatsu sesshin is December 1 - 8.

Even if we don't attend a Rōhatsu sesshin, we can practice in our usual way. Having attended a number of Rōhatsu sesshin, and Ch'an retreats held over the same interval, the time always seems special to me. Even while not on sesshin, it's an opportunity to attend to one's practice, and bolster it in some ways. I usually increase my sitting time, and the number of times of sitting per day, and give extra attention to physical practice. I think I'm usually quieter, and I usually lose some weight!

Knowing that we are practicing with others all around the world during Rōhatsu sesshin can be a settling influence, and an invigorating one.

I wish everyone, everywhere, a wonderful Rōhatsu sesshin, and a beautiful Bodhi Day.

"Keep your feet warm, and your head cool".

Strong practice,

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Re: Rōhatsu Sesshin

Postby Caodemarte on Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:44 pm

Very nice and kind of you. Thanks for the repost. Thanks for your practice.
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Re: Rōhatsu Sesshin

Postby desert_woodworker on Thu Dec 08, 2016 7:28 pm

The annual Rohatsu Sesshin is by now finished, in most time-zones of the world.

On the Western calendar, today is the Buddha's Enlightenment Day.

Felicitations, everyone! And special greetings to anyone who sat the sesshin.

--Joe
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Re: Rōhatsu Sesshin

Postby Avisitor on Thu Dec 08, 2016 10:49 pm

desert_woodworker wrote:The annual Rohatsu Sesshin is by now finished, in most time-zones of the world.

On the Western calendar, today is the Buddha's Enlightenment Day.

Felicitations, everyone! And special greetings to anyone who sat the sesshin.

--Joe

Happy Days ... :coffee:
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