Join us in December for Rohatsu Sesshin
I am looking forward to us celebrating our first Rohatsu Sesshin in our new home. On behalf of the monks of the Jizo-an Zen Community I invite you to participate in this most extraordinary event. There is nothing like sitting together as a community for extended periods of time.
Rohatsu Sesshin is an annual event traditionally held in Zen centers and monasteries throughout the world around December 8th and marks the enlightenment of the historical Buddha. It is a powerful event, a gathering of monks, students and community who are dedicated to awakening. This sesshin is held in silence, with periods of sitting and walking meditation. Rohatsu Sesshin provides an opportunity for the unification of body, mind and community.
We will start on Wednesday evening, December 7th and go until Sunday afternoon, December 11th. The schedule is provided here. We will be offering lunch and dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and lunch on Sunday. In addition to sitting meditation (zazen) and walking meditation (kinhin), there will be a teaching on Saturday. On Sunday afternoon, those of us that have received the Precepts will be renewing our Bodhisattva Vows in the formal ceremony of Fusatsu. As part of that ceremony a teaching will be provided. You can come for all or part of Rohatsu Sesshin. This sesshin will be available on-line as well if you are unable to participate in person. If you are planning on attending all or any portion of this sesshin, it is recommended that you attend the Wednesday evening program in-person or online since an orientation on Rohatsu Sesshin will be provided.
To register for this event, let us know at email@example.com, what days, times and meals you are planning on attending. We are offering this event at no cost. That said, donations are greatly appreciated to help offset the costs associated with food, electricity and heating. —Sensei Emyo
* Please note that wearing a mask is now optional and at your discretion when attending programs in person at the Zendo. Thank you.
The Order of The Great Lights
The Zen Society, Jizo-an Zen Community
We are a diverse community of Contemplative Zen Monks, founded in 1985 by our brother, the Abbot Seijaku Roshi. Inspired by a monastic tradition reaching back centuries, and supported by men and women from all walks of life, we are shaped by the teachings of the Buddhadharma, the Mystical Torah, the Rule of Saint Benedict, and the Gospels.
We hope to live the teachings of Loving-kindness, Compassion, and Benevolent Service for all beings together. Seeking to help create an "Enlightened Society," we hope that we will, in some measure, foster the healing and reconciliation of the whole human family.
We offer both traditional and innovative ways to nurture and engage Authentic Spirituality through our public programs and retreats. All are welcome to visit, and to join us in our celebrations of common prayer, meditation, and learning.
Our Zendo or Meditation Hall affords an atmosphere in which quiet reflection and prayer are accessible to all.
Whether attending in-person or online, a Wednesday Evening Zen Studies Class, a seminar, Liturgy Service, or a full-day or half-day retreat, you will have the opportunity to experience a welcoming and contemplative environment — a dynamic, integrated spiritual community and a place to encounter your own inner silence, wisdom, and compassion.
"Community is the Spirit, the Guiding Light, whereby people come together to fulfill a purpose, to help others fulfill their purpose, and to take care of one another."