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Rohatsu 2022

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


December 1-8, 2022

Online and In-Person* at Bread Loaf Mountain Zen Center

In-person is fully booked, you can sign up for the wait list.

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?

Bread Loaf Mountain Zen Community will offer in-person* and zoom participation for the 2022 Rohatsu sesshin. In-person attendance will be limited to 14 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 overnight accommodations (shared room and bath) may be available 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, bench or zafu cushion.

*In-person participation requires proof of full vaccination against Covid-19 and no current symptoms of the disease.

Peggy MurrayPeggy Kendo 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 is a Novice Priest, Spirit Holder, and Engaged Minister with Bread Loaf Mountain Zen Community. She particularly appreciates the practice resources of joy and humor and enjoys infusing a bit of each into just about everything.

Eisho Andi Sinclair
Eisho Sinclair practiced in the Theravada, Rinzai and Western Buddhist traditions before coming to Soto Zen. He has served as a Buddhist Lay Minister leading meditation groups and retreats. He is a Buddhist Prison Chaplain and Mental Health Chaplain, being with adults and young adults who are incarcerated. He is a Novice Priest, Spirit Holder, and Engaged Minister with Bread Loaf Mountain Zen Community. Eisho is trained in Hakomi Somatic Psychotherapy and is a Children’s counsellor for a national UK helpline. He is also a proud and happy grandad!

Thursday Evening December 1
5:30-6:30 pm Dharma Talk
6:30 pm Convivial Dinner
7:45 -8:10 pm Sesshin Orientation
8:10 pm Four Vows Chant and Evening Gatha

Friday December 2 – Wednesday December 7
6-7:40 am Greeting; Sitting/walking meditation
7-40-8:00 am Chanting Service
8:00 am Breakfast (oryoki style meals)
9:00-10:00 am Work Practice
10-10:30 am Rest
10:30 am-12:40 pm Sitting/walking meditation
12:40-1:00 pm Chanting Service
1:00-2:30 pm Lunch and rest
2:30-2:50 pm Outdoor walking meditation
3:00-3:25 pm Sitting meditation
3:25-4:25 pm Dharma Talk
4:25-5:00 pm Walking/ sitting meditation
5:00-5:30 pm Tea/Snack break
5:30-6:30 pm Sitting/walking meditation; Loving kindness Chant
6:30-7:40 pm Dinner
7:40-8:10 pm Sitting/walking
8:10-8:15 pm Four Vows Chant and depart

Thursday December 8, 2022
7-7:40 am Greeting; Sitting meditation
7:40-8:00 am Dedication Chant (Nenju)
8:00 am Convivial Breakfast
9:15 am Closing Council
10:45-11:00 am Room Cleanup/Depart

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

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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