AZC Rohatsu Sesshin: Dec. 9-16

Mako Voelkel

December 9, 2017 – December 16, 2017 all-day

Rohatsu Sesshin at AZC
Saturday, Dec. 9 (5:30-9pm) – Saturday, Dec. 16 (8-12pm)
8am-9pm on all other days (Dec 10-15th)

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 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.

The cost for participation in the whole retreat is $350 for members / $420 for non-members (partial attendance is possible, see below), which includes oryoki lunch and supper in the zendo. Oryoki bowl rentals are $10. Buddha’s Enlightenment Ceremony (open to the public) will be on the last day. Some dorm space may be available ($20/night) for those who wish to spend the week in residence. Priority will be given to Practice Period participants.

Partial attendance costs $60/$75 (members/non-members). The first and last day count as one full day. To sign up for partial attendance, please contact Susan at

To Register: You must complete an application and submit it to AZC by Nov. 30th. Applications are available in the foyer of AZC, or through Susan at

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.

If you cannot participate in the sesshin, but wish to support those who are, please consider offering to cook or bring food for the participants. We will need 6 soups of between 2 ½-3 gallons, salads, and cookies! Contact Mako at if you would like to make a contribution.