Rohatsu Confirmation - 2 1/2 days

Dear , 

Thank you for your registration for Rohatsu, Buddha’s Enlightenment Sesshin, Thursday December 1, 7:00 p.m. through Sunday, December 4, 9 a.m led by Nomon Tim Burnett (Red Cedar Zen) and Eko Jeff Kelley (Seattle Soto Zen). We have received (amount) and the balance of (amount-due) is due when you arrive at sesshin. Registration help will be available during the beginnings of the breaks after each meal. 

Dana:

In Buddhism there is a tradition of offering the teachings freely. Dana is an anonymous, voluntary offering, and there will be a box available for donations to the teacher(s). Please consider what these teachings and this practice are worth to you. 
 
Parking and directions: 
Red Cedar Dharma Hall is located at 1021 N. Forest Street, just south of Forest and Maple in downtown Bellingham. Full directions are on our website at  
http://www.redcedarzen.org/places.html.  Park on the street in the surrounding area if possible. Red Cedar Dharma Hall also has a tiny parking lot in back accessed by the alley. If arriving mid-day allow some time for parking.  
 
Oryoki meals: 
This retreat will feature oryoki meals. Oryoki is the formal 3-bowl eating ritual of Soto Zen. You have indicated you would like to rent/purchase a set/OR If you need an oryoki set and have not let the registrar know yet please email  
registrar@redcedarezen.org with your request. Sets can be borrowed, or purchased for $40. 
 
If you do not yet know oryoki you may request an orientation from any senior student in the sangha or simply show up. We will provide some coaching during the meals, and by following along with your neighbors you will certainly be able to eat. 
 
Overnight accommodations:  If you are coming from out of town and would like to spend the night before sesshin in Bellingham, we may be able to accommodate you at the Dharma Hall or in the home of a sangha member. You should have indicated this in the registration form and will be hearing soon from the registrar about this. If not, please contact the registrar with your request. If you are local and able to accommodate an out-of-town retreatant please let us know. 
 
Schedule and commitment: 
By registering for this event you commit to arriving on time, practicing silence in and around the Dharma Hall throughout the event, and attending the schedule as fully as possible. It is recommended to attend the entire event, however part time attendance is fine. We ask that you commit to which portions of the day you will be at sesshin ahead of time. We also need to know which meals you will attend.
 

You have indicated you will attend ____________/OR If you have not yet told us this, please email registrar@redcedarzen.org letting us know which of the following blocks of time you will be present for. 

THURSDAY

__Thursday evening 7pm - 9pm.  orientation and zazen. Important to attend, especially if new to sesshin

 

FRIDAY

__Early Morning 6-8:45 am: zazen, kinhin & service, oryoki breakfast

__Morning 9:30 am-1:00pm: zazen, kinhin, dharma talk, service, oryoki lunch

__Afternoon 2-6pm: zazen, kinhin, tea, zazen, oryoki dinner

__Evening 7-9pm: zazen, kinhin, encouraging words, refuge chant

SATURDAY

__Early Morning 6-8:45 am: zazen, kinhin & service, oryoki breakfast

__Morning 9:30 am-1:00pm: zazen, kinhin, dharma talk, service, oryoki lunch

__Afternoon 2-6pm: zazen, kinhin, tea, zazen, oryoki dinner

__Evening 7-9pm: zazen, kinhin, encouraging words, refuge chant

Saturday night is an optional all-night sit, traditional in Rohatsu sesshin.

SUNDAY

__Early Morning 6-9:30am: zazen, Buddha's enlightenment ceremony, informal breakfast, close.

 

**Please arrive 10 minutes before the starting time.

**The entire schedule will be available online here: 

https://sites.google.com/site/redcedarzendocs/w/programs/organizing/rohatsu-schedule

First time at sesshin: 
If you have never attended an all-day sesshin, please let us know and come to the Thursday night orientation. This sesshin is a reasonable schedule for the first time if you have some experience with zazen. If you have never attended any zazen sessions with us or another Zen sangha we encourage you to do so. Zazen is offered at Red Cedar Dharma Hall 4 to 5 times per week as well as at Seattle Soto Zen--please see the websites for the schedule. 
 
Private meetings and instruction:  In addition to Dharma Talks during the day there is the opportunity for private instruction with Eko Jeff Kelly and Nomon Tim Burnett, and also with Red Cedar Zen's Lay Teachers Yuzan Nancy Welch & Seishu John Wiley. There will be a sign-up sheet in the lobby. Just sign up with the person you'd like to speak with and they will come and get you during the day (usually during zazen).  These private discussions are a highly recommended part of making the practice alive and vital.
 
Protecting the zendo (meditation hall) atmosphere: 
Please do not enter or leave the zendo (meditation hall) during zazen (sitting meditation). If you arrive late in the morning or after a break there will be seats set up in the lobby. Rejoin the zendo at the end of that period. The schedule will be posted in the lobby
 
Encouraging words:  Sitting all day is a powerful, strenuous, and beautiful practice. Be patient, kind and steady and stay close to your breath. Just practice with each moment as it arises. If difficulties arise notice them and be as patient as you can, but do seek help from the Ino (meditation hall coordinator) or the teachers as needed. To sit for a sustained period is a wonderful opportunity for deeply investigating meditation practice and your own heart. Thank you for signing up for this retreat.

We look forward to practicing with you.

Gassho.


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