All-night sitting and week meditation at Zen Center
Monday December 2017 - 7:30pm to
Sesshin, literally “to touch the mind,” is a period of time set aside for an intensive meditation retreat to let go of the conditioned self in order to resume the original nature. The Sonoma Mountain Zen Center will host a Rohatsu sesshin in commemoration of Buddha's enlightenment Dec. 4-9. The retreat begins at 7:30 p.m. on Monday and ends at 8 a.m. on Saturday. Each day, the schedule will begin at 5 a.m. and include 10 periods of meditation, chanting, mindful work, Dharma talks and private interviews, ending at 9 p.m. In the spirit of Buddha's enlightenment, participants will be in tetsuya on Friday night, which means they will “sit through the whole night,” from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m. Special arrangements can be made for those unable to come for the entire retreat due to work commitments.