Monday 6 to Friday 8 December
This sesshin, led by Paul Maloney, roshi commemorates the Buddha’s realisation. We practice the Buddha Way together – sitting at our city zendo at Annandale during the day and going home to sleep at night. This gives us a wonderful opportunity to bring our practice into our daily lives.
It will be held at the SZC at Annandale and will be non-residential. While it may be possible to find billets for out-of-towners, this cannot be guaranteed. Participants can choose to attend full-time, or elect to attend for specific blocks (morning, afternoon, evening) on specific days. This flexible structure is designed to accommodate the demands of people’s busy lives, particularly at this time of the year. We ask only that all participants attend on Monday evening for the opening of sesshin, unless explicitly excused. We also ask that you maintain your commitment by coming to each block that you have signed up for.
In this sesshin, the kyosaku, or wake-up stick, will be offered from time to time but given only when requested – by students wanting encouragement and stimulation when they are sleepy, or when their practice feels stale. The sounds made by the kyosaku, like all sense experiences, are fulll and complete in themselves, and a reminder to come back to the theme of our zazen.
Participants will also be responsible for their own lunches. Suppers will be provided on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday evenings.
Our Rohatsu sesshin is an opportunity for us to honour and realise for ourselves the Buddha’s path of liberation. The Buddha’s realisation after seeing the morning star is traditionally celebrated on the 8th of December. We will hold a special ceremony on the Friday night (7th) at the zendo, and encourage participants to get up early the next day to sit at home with the Buddha and stargaze into the heart of things. Everyone is welcome.
Contact: Jane Andino firstname.lastname@example.org
Rohatsu application form is an interactive pdf which can be found here. Please fill out the blocks of sitting you wish to attend and send it to Jane.
Photo credit: Morning Star by Joe Flintham CC BY-SA 2.0
SZC will hold 4 sesshins in 2019:
Autumn Sesshin at Kodoji, led by Subhana Barzaghi and Maggie Gluek
Friday April 19 – Friday April 26 (incl. Good Friday April 19 and Easter Monday April 22) Contact: Jane Andino email@example.com
Winter Sesshin at Annandale, led by Paul Maloney and Jane Andino (non-residential)
Saturday June 8 – Wednesday June 12 (incl. Queens Birthday June 10) Contact: Julie Robinson firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring Sesshin at Kodoji, led by Gillian Coote
Saturday October 5 – Saturday October l2 (includes Labour Day Oct 7) Contact: Janet Selby email@example.com
Rohatsu Sesshin at Annandale, led by Jane Andino (non-residential)
Wednesday December 4 to Sunday December 8 Contact: Diana Levy firstname.lastname@example.org