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Rohatsu 2020

December 2 @ 5:30 pm - December 8 @ 11:00 am


Becoming Buddha Rohatsu Sesshin

Sesshin is a time for nourishing silence and deep practice, sitting in the posture of the Buddha, unfolding your own and our collective awakening. The talks for Rohatsu this year will explore just a few of the Jataka Tales – those mythic stories of the lives of the Buddha before he was Buddha. How does your awakening unfold? How has your very life brought you to this moment of sitting as a buddha in your natural creativity, resourcefulness and wholeness?

The resident community at Bread Loaf Mountain Zen Community will hold the schedule, which you can join at any time from home via Zoom. We ask that you make a wholehearted commitment to maintain the tone of sesshin during these days in order to take full advantage of this special time of together-practice.

December 2-8, 2020

Wednesday Evening, December 2

5:30 – 6:30 Dharma Talk
6:30            Dinner
7:30            Sesshin Orientation and Sesshin Opening
8:30            Four Vows and Evening Gatha
9:00            Optional Sit

Thursday (Bodhidharma Day – No Dharma Talk), December 3

5:00 – 5:40 am Optional Sit
6:00                    Morning Greeting and Zazen
6:50                    Walking meditation
7:00                    Zazen
7:40                    Chanting Service (Heart Sutra)
8:00                    Breakfast taken on your own
9:00                    Work Practice
10:00                  Rest
11:00                  Zazen / Walking meditation
1:00                    Oryoki Lunch via Zoom
2:00                    Rest or Physical Practice
3:30                    Zazen / Walking meditation
5:00                    Rest
5:30                    Zazen
6:25                    Metta Chant
6:30                    Dinner taken on your own
7:30                    Zazen
8:10                    Four Vows and Evening Gatha
8:30 – 9:30         Optional Sit

Friday – Monday, December 4-7

5:00 – 5:40 am Optional Sit
6:00                   Morning Greeting and Zazen
6:50                   Kinhin
7:00                   Zazen
7:40                   Chanting Service (Heart Sutra)
8:00                   Breakfast taken on your own
9:00                   Work Practice
10:00                 Rest
11:00                 Dharma Reflection
11:40                 Walking Meditation and Zazen
12:00                 Zazen / Walking meditation
1:00                   Oryoki Lunch via Zoom
2:00                   Rest or Physical Practice
3:30                   Zazen / Walking meditation
5:00                   Rest
5:30                   Zazen / Walking meditation
6:25                   Metta Chant
6:30                   Dinner taken on your own
7:30                   Zazen
8:10                   Four Vows and Evening Gatha
8:30 – 9:30        Optional Sit

Tuesday, December 8

6:00 – 6:40 am Optional Zazen
7:00                    Zazen
7:40                    Nenju
8:00                    Breakfast taken on your own
9:30                    Closing Council
11:00                  End

Please register (by sending an email to Petra) for this sesshin in order to receive the Zoom link.

This program, like all programs at Bread Loaf Mountain Zen Community, is generosity based. Everyone is welcome. We ask for a donation to support the practice and social action work of Bread Loaf Mountain. If you would like to make a donation, we suggest $150. You can donate by sending a check or using PayPal. Thank you.

Dharma Reflection Schedule:

  • Wednesday evening opening: Joshin
  • Thursday: No Dharma Reflection
  • Friday: Peggy
  • Saturday: Daigan
  • Sunday: Eisho
  • Monday: Joshin


December 2 @ 5:30 pm
December 8 @ 11:00 am


By Zoom
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