Forwarded message from Carmen Patterson <Office@...
Another reminder that registration is still open for Rohatsu, Dec. 1-8.
The retreat starts on Dec. 1 with check in between 3-5 pm and ends with lunch on Dec. 8th. The fee for the retreat is $665.00 for a private room and $560.00 per person for a shared occupancy room. All rates include room, meals and the retreat itself.
At the bottom of this email is a registration form that you can print out and send in or send via email. Or you may contact Carmen Patterson at office@...
or 520.744.3400 x 7111 (toll free: 866.737.5751) to register or if you have any questions/concerns.
Leonard Marcel Roshi has graciously consented to be the teacher for this retreat.
*Not long before his death Fr Pat Hawk Roshi asked that a portion of his ashes be given to the Zen community. As St Alphonsus retreat house was the center of his Zen teaching activities, and in order to honor his request, **on the final morning of Rohatsu Osesshin there will be a ceremony to inter a portion of his ashes in the courtyard at St Alphonsus.*
*If you are planning to attend this ceremony but not attend sesshin, **please notify me at your earliest convenience.*
*What is Sesshin?*
*Sesshin* means "to touch the mind," and is a traditional silent retreat in the Zen Buddhist tradition. Sesshin is an opportunity to deepen one’s practice, strengthened by the presence of others doing the same.
We practice alone and together; seek harmony between body and mind, and between the individual and the group. We emphasize doing things together as one way to help each other realize this harmony.
Each day of sesshin includes *zazen* (seated focused awareness), *kinhin* (walking meditation), silent meals, sutras, *dokusan*(private interviews with the teacher), *teisho* (talk given by the *Roshi* or teacher, and *samu* (work practice).
There are four blocks of meditation: early morning, mid-morning, afternoon, and evening. Each block is broken up into several periods of 25 minutes of sitting followed by a minimum of five minutes of kinhin. There is at least one longer walk together outside. Each participant has a daily work assignment as a way to bring our meditation practice up off of our cushions and into every-day life. Please bring appropriate clothing for kitchen/cleaning and light outside work.
It is expected that everyone will participate fully in the daily cycle, unless prior arrangements have been made with the sesshin coordinator.
Sesshin begins with supper at 6:00 on the first evening, followed by cautions (orientation) at 7:30 pm. All participants must attend cautions and meet with the *karmadana* (work coordinator) before the beginning of sesshin.
Arise 5:00 a.m.
Zazen 5:30 a.m.
Kentan 5:50 a.m.
Dokusan 6:05 a.m.
Breakfast 8:00 a.m.
Work, Rest 8:30 a.m.
Sutras 10:00 a.m.
Zazen 10:30 a.m.
Lunch 12:00 noon
Work, Rest 12:30 p.m.
Zazen 2:30 p.m.
Teisho 3:00 p.m.
Kinhin/Zazen 3:30 pm
Dokusan 4:00 p.m.
Extended Kinhin 5:00 p.m.
Shodoka 5:30 p.m.
Supper 6:00 p.m.
Rest, Work 6:30 p.m.
Zazen 7:30 p.m.
Dokusan 8:00 p.m.
Closing Ceremony 9:00 p.m.
*What to Bring*
Bring solid dark (black, brown, navy blue) comfortable clothing or robes. Tank tops and shorts are not permitted in the *zendo* (place of the way), but you may wear them during free time. Refrain from wearing clothes with patterns and logos. The zendo is kept on the cool side. Bring a wrap or sweater which you may keep at your place in the zendo. No strong scents or elaborate jewelry please. Leave pagers, cell phones, or anything that beeps at home except an alarm clock would be helpful. You may also wish to bring a broad-rimmed hat, sunglasses and sunscreen for outside kinhin or samu.
*Zen Tradition and Teacher Bio*
Leonard Marcel Roshi has been studying Zen and contemplative prayer since 1984. He trained with Willigis Jaeger 1984-1988, then with Pat Hawk. Leonard received his initial teaching appointment from Pat Hawk Roshi in 1996 and full transmission in 2001. He’s also trained with Robert Aitken, Rolf Drosten and Shodo Harada, and has been the teacher for Seven Thunders in Oregon since 2003.
*Redemptorist Renewal Center*
The Redemptorist Renewal Center is sponsored by the Redemptorists of the Denver Province. This center is dedicated to contemplative religious and spiritual practice, under the guidance of the Redemptorist community who live here.
*REGISTRATION FOR ZEN SESSHIN*
*Dates are subject to change without notice. Call or E-Mail before registering.*
Amount Enclosed $_________________Sesshin Dates_____________________
*A $35.00 non-refundable/non-transferable deposit is required *
*for a confirmed reservation prior to the retreat. *
*The balance is due at check-in. *Checks/ money orders are payable to:
*Redemptorist Renewal Center*
*Mail to*: *Redemptorist** Renewal Center*
7101 W. Picture Rocks Road,
Tucson, AZ 85743*