We will have our annual celebration of Buddha's Enlightenment with a sesshin spanning four days.
Sesshin is the formal Zen meditation retreat held in silence together with the support of daily Dharma talks and private interviews with the teachers. Sesshin is a deep opportunity to explore Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha from the zazen seat. The annual Rohatsu sesshin is considered the most important sesshin of the year as in the Japanese tradition Buddha is said to have awakened on the morning of the 8th day of the 12th month of the year (rohatsu meaning "8th day, 12th month").
This year our Rohatsu celebration will be led, and dharma talks given, by Nomon Tim Burnett and Shudo Chris Burkhart.
- Thursday 7pm - 9pm - opening of the retreat, regular Thursday night sitters are also welcome
- Friday 7am - 9pm - full sesshin day practice, including Dharma talk at 10:40 (everyone welcome) and all three meals with breaks afterwards.
- Saturday 7am - 9pm - same as Friday.
- Saturday 9pm+ - Optional informal night sitting (yaza) at your own pace
- Sunday 6am - 9am - zazen and Buddha's Enlightenment ceremony. Note earlier start time!
The detailed schedule is available here.
Everyone is warmly invited to attend the Dharma Talks in person or on Zoom even if you aren't attending the sesshin. Talks are at 10:40am on both Friday and Saturday. If you wish to attend in person, please arrive 5-10 minutes early and enter the Zendo during kinhin (walking meditation). For Zoom just log in
before the talk starts.
All meals will be provided for in-person practitioners (buffet service, not oryoki, eaten with social distancing).
You are welcome to attend the entire sesshin or attend part time. For part time attendance we request that you participate in that day's full schedule (e.g. all day on Friday).
The event will be held both in person and online. For directions/instructions for accessing either Zendo, please the Our Zendo page of our website.
If attending in person, please read and follow our Covid Safety Guidelines.
Registration is required to attend. The registration fees cover our costs for this event: food, space rental and administration.
An option is provided during the registration process to make an additional donation to help Red Cedar Zen with our overall operating expenses. Thank you for your generosity!
Dana (teacher donations)
Our teachers freely offer their time and wisdom in preparing for and leading our events. If your event experience so moves you, please consider dana, a donation to the teacher(s) made out of a sense of gratitude for their generosity. Dana boxes are available at in person events, and dana can also be made online on our Donate To A Teacher page.