Rohatsu Sesshin at AZC
with Visiting Teacher Ryushin Paul Haller, Senior Dharma Teacher at SFZC
Friday, Nov. 1 (6pm) – Saturday, Dec. 8 – 12pm)
6am-9pm otherwise (Dec 1-7th)
Rohatsu Sesshin is a 7+day retreat in commemoration of the Buddha’s Enlightenment. It is an opportunity to come together to support each other in deepening our practice, to diligently care for and collect body and mind, and to discover anew, clarify, and actualize our ultimate concern.
Our time together will include components of traditional Zen training:
• Zazen (seated meditation)
• Kinhin (walking meditation)
• Bowing and chanting practice
• Oryoki training, with breakfast, lunch and supper served in the zendo
• Dharma talks about our practice
• A period of mindful work practice
• Opportunities to meet one-on-one with our teachers to discuss your practice.
Participants are encouraged to attend the full retreat schedule, but partial days are possible. Please be clear about what your intention and commitment is.
Program Fees for the full retreat is $425 for members/$650 for non-members (partial attendance may be possible, see below), which includes oryoki lunch and supper in the zendo. Oryoki bowl rentals are $10 ($45 for purchase). Buddha’s Enlightenment Ceremony (open to the public) will be on Saturday. Some dorm space may be available ($30/night) for those who wish to spend the week in residence. Priority will be given to Practice Period participants.
Partial attendance by day: $70/$90 (members/non-members). First and last days count as one full day.
If you are unable to sit sesshin, but wish to support those who are, please consider offering to cook or bring food for the retreatants. We would happily receive up to 7 soups (2 ½-3 G), salads, and/or cookies! Contact Susan if you would like to support the Rohatsu Sesshin in this way!
Ryushin Paul Haller is a dharma heir of Sojun Mel Weitsman and has been teaching for 30 years. He served as abiding abbot at City Center from 2003 to 2012, and is currently the Urban Temple Dharma Teacher at City Center. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, he teaches throughout the US and Europe and has led mindfulness programs to assist with depression and recovery. Paul has also taught in prisons and has a long involvement with the Zen Hospice Project. He has been practicing yoga for 30 years.
As always, AZC is committed to making the teachings available to everyone. To request financial assistance from our Scholarship Fund, or if you would like to donate to the Fund for others to be able to participate, please call Susan Hansen at 512-452-5777.