Rohatsu Sesshin

Friday 4th  to Tuesday 8th December – via Zoom

This sesshin commemorates the Buddha’s realisation. We practice the Buddha Way together – sitting in our homes while being connected online. This gives us a wonderful opportunity to bring our practice into our daily lives.

This online sesshin is held via Zoom and led by Jane Andino, apprentice teacher, and Peter Bursky, apprentice teacher. Jane has been a student of Paul Maloney Roshi for many years, and was invited to be an apprentice teacher in 2018. She is a leader in the Blue Mountains Zen group, and also works as a musician. Peter has studied primarily with Subhana Baraghi Rōshi and Allan Marett Rōshi having originally come to meditation practice through Tibetan and Insight traditions. He found his true home with the Sydney Zen Centre in 2010 and was invited to become an apprentice teacher earlier this year. He is also a musician and student in the Ueda Sōko-ryū tradition of Chanoyu (Japanese Tea Ceremony).

Yamada Roshi once said, “the basis and central focus of Buddhism is the enlightenment experience of Shakyamuni Buddha.” Rohatsu (8 December) is normally the day on which we, together with Zen communities throughout the world, celebrate the Buddha’s realisation.

Rohatsu sesshin begins on Friday evening and closes at midday on Tuesday. There are four blocks of zazen per day: Early morning, Late morning, Afternoon and Evening. Participants can sign up for any blocks, but are urged to take advantage of the weekend and sign up for the full Saturday and Sunday sittings.

Attending the opening of sesshin on the Friday evening is mandatory unless there are exceptional reasons not to. This may be your first online sesshin so we want to ensure that you understand how the schedule will work, and can ask any questions about technical aspects before the sesshin begins.

The schedule will include online zazen, walking meditation, sutra recitation, optional daily yoga session, dokusan and a teisho every evening, all from the comfort of your own home. Please set up a quiet place in your home, so you can sit comfortably and without distraction.

Attending sesshin at home is a wonderful opportunity to integrate your zazen and work/home practice: we find how to be unbusy in all our activities.

Our Rohatsu sesshin is an opportunity for us to honour and realise for ourselves the Buddha’s path of liberation.

COST
Full Time: SZC member $150, Non-member $220
Part time: SZC member $10 per block, Non-member $15 per block

Enquiries and bookings: Diana Levy diana.r.levy@gmail.com

Rohatsu flyer & application form

Rohatsu application form: this is an interactive pdf. Please fill out the blocks of sitting you wish to attend and send it to Diana.

 

Photo credit: White Tara is also known as the Seven-Eye Buddha, with three eyes on the face and eyes on hands and feet. Forehead Heavenly Eye, Vipassana herself is like all emptiness; the remaining six eyes observe the sentient beings in the Six Dao, and all those who are watched by her are free. White Tara represents people’s wish to avoid plague.
Artist: Painting by Luna Han

 

SZC will hold 4 sesshins in 2021 (details to be confirmed):

Autumn Sesshin at Kodoji, led by Subhana Barzaghi & Maggie Gluek
Friday April 2 – Friday April 9 (incl. Good Friday April 2 and Easter Monday April 5)  Contact: Stephen Crump stephencrump@pfsconsulting.com.au

Winter Sesshin at Annandale, led by Jane Andino (non-residential)
Friday evening June 11 – Wednesday midday June 16 (incl. Queens Birthday June 14) Contact: Pablo Scodellaro pablo.scode@gmail.com

Spring Sesshin at Kodoji, led by Gillian Coote, with apprentice teacher Will Moon
Saturday October 2 – Saturday October 9 (includes Labour Day Oct 4) Contact: Janet Selby janetselby@bigpond.com

Rohatsu Sesshin at Annandale, led by Jane Andino & Peter Bursky  (non-residential)
Saturday December 4 to Wednesday December 8   Contact: Julie Robinson julesandco@live.com.au

Timetable

  Open Time Close Time Teacher Address
04/12/2020 7:00 PM 9:00 PM Rohatsu Sesshin 251 Young St, Annandale
04/12/2020 9:30 AM 9:00 PM Rohatsu Sesshin 251 Young St, Annandale
05/12/2020 9:30 AM 9:00 PM Jane Andino, apprentice teacher 251 Young St, Annandale
06/12/2020 9:30 AM 9:00 PM Jane Andino, apprentice teacher 251 Young St, Annandale
07/12/2020 9:30 AM 9:00 PM Jane Andino, apprentice teacher 251 Young St, Annandale
08/12/2020 9:30 AM 9:00 PM Jane Andino, apprentice teacher 251 Young St, Annandale
04/12/2020
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - with Rohatsu Sesshin - at 251 Young St, Annandale
04/12/2020
9:30 AM - 9:00 PM - with Rohatsu Sesshin - at 251 Young St, Annandale
05/12/2020
9:30 AM - 9:00 PM - with Jane Andino, apprentice teacher - at 251 Young St, Annandale
06/12/2020
9:30 AM - 9:00 PM - with Jane Andino, apprentice teacher - at 251 Young St, Annandale
07/12/2020
9:30 AM - 9:00 PM - with Jane Andino, apprentice teacher - at 251 Young St, Annandale
08/12/2020
9:30 AM - 9:00 PM - with Jane Andino, apprentice teacher - at 251 Young St, Annandale