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Rohatsu 2021

December 1 @ 5:30 pm - December 8 @ 11:00 am

Awakening Together Rohatsu Sesshin

December 1-8, 2021

Online and at Bread Loaf Mountain Zen Center

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 feature inspirational stories and reflections about awakening  in relationship – 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?

As of this posting, Bread Loaf Mountain Zen Community will offer in-person* and zoom participation for the 2021 Rohatsu sesshin. In-person attendance will be limited to 18 persons in the zendo space and for oryoki meals. (The local sangha is always welcome to come during the regular 7:00 am and 5:30 pm meditations whether you register for the retreat or not).

Limited sleeping accommodations (shared room and bath) may be available with priority given to those planning to attend the full 8-days. We may also be able to house overnight participants with local sangha members and there are B&B options nearby. Please signify if you will need housing for the retreat when you register. As well, please note any dietary allergies if you are eating oryoki with us and your preferred zendo seating: chair or zafu.

*people who want to join in person need to be fully vaccinated

Peggy Reishin Murray

Peg has cultivated a spiritual friendship with Joshin sensei for more than 10 years and he has recognized her as a senior practitioner and Dharma Holder (hoshi) at BLMZC where she has been a resident since 2018.  She has studied and practiced in Theravada, Tibetan and Zen traditions and loves sharing perspectives from all three streams of Buddhist practice.  She particularly appreciates the practice resources of joy and humor and enjoys infusing a bit of each into just about everything.

Eisho Andi Sinclair

After spending a few years in different traditions, Eisho committed to a Soto Zen practice in 1988.  A member of The Order of Buddhist Contemplatives, he was ordained as a Lay Minister. Eisho then went on to start life as a professional prison chaplain in 2008 in Young Adult and Adult Facilities, which he still does, and has spent time as a Novice Priest. He has been going back and forth between the UK and BMLZC since 2018.  Eisho is also involved with Hakomi Somatic Psychotherapy and is a Children’s counsellor for a national UK helpline. And he is a grandad!

December 1-8, 2021

Wednesday Evening, December 1

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 2

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 3-7

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

Wednesday, 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 filling out this form.

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.

You can also join Joshin for Rohatsu at the Streets of San Francisco for a street retreat for more information click here.


December 1 @ 5:30 pm
December 8 @ 11:00 am
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