Rohatsu Sesshin at Sanshinji

This sesshin commemorates the enlightenment of Shakyamuni Buddha. During this sesshin we practice in complete, silence. The schedule consists of fourteen 50-minute periods with a short break, following each meal. The sesshin is an opportunity for participants to focus strictly on zazen with minimal distractions. If you wish to participate, we recommend that you read Opening the Hand of Thought by Kosho Uchiyama Roshi in order to understand the significance of the sesshin. We also recommend you have some retreat experience before participating in an Uchiyama Roshi Style Sesshin.

Registration 2 weeks before the start of the retreat (postmarked) is $345, after 2 weeks is $397.

Click here for registration information (a pdf document)

Daily Schedule

Nov 30

9 am Temple Cleaning
pm Doan training (upon request)
6:00 pm Supper
7:30 pm Orientation
8:00 pm Zazen
8:50 pm End of Day

Dec 1 - 7

03:40 am Wakeup
04:10 Zazen
05:00 Kinhin
05:10 Zazen
06:00 Serve-up/Breakfast/Break

07:10 Zazen
08:00 Kinhin
08:10 Zazen
09:00 Kinhin
09:10 Zazen
10:00 Kinhin
10:10 Zazen
11:00 Kinhin
11:10 Zazen
Noon Serve-up/Lunch/Break

01:10 Zazen
02:00 Kinhin
02:10 Zazen
03:00 Kinhin
03:10 Zazen
04:00 Kinhin
04:10 Zazen
05:00 Kinhin
05:10 Zazen
06:00 Serve-up/Dinner/Break

07:10 Zazen
08:00 Kinhin
08:10 Zazen
09:00 End of Day

Dec 7 evening

09:00 Tea
09:20 Zazen
10:00 Kinhin
10:10 Zazen
11:00 Kinhin
11:10 Zazen
12:00 Service

Dec 8

09:00 Breakfast
10:00 Cleanup
End of Retreat

Sesshin Guidelines

The following are recommended prerequisites and guidelines for attending a Sanshin Zen Community sesshin. Sesshin can be challenging in many ways, involving fourteen periods of zazen and complete silence. We therefore ask that if you have any questions about sesshin practice or if you cannot meet all of the following recommendations, please contact the Sanshin Zen Community Ino (zendo manager) at 812-339-2635 or 812-320-9324, or by email at

· We recommend that you attend a Sanshin Zen Community Genzo-e Retreat or Community Retreat before participating in one of our sesshins, but experience with other intensive retreats at other Zen centers may meet this requirement. Please contact the Sanshin Zen Community Ino to discuss this requirement if you are new to our community yet have intensive practice experience from another Zen center.

· Please read the chapter entitled "The World of Intensive Practice" in the book Opening the Hand of Thought by Kosho Uchiyama (Wisdom Publications).

· Please observe complete silence during sesshin. If you need something or have a question after sesshin has begun, please leave a note for the ino on the downstairs bulletin board or give the note to the ino directly.

· Participants may chose to attend an entire sesshin or any part it. You may, for example, attend one or two full days of sesshin, or you may chose to attend certain portions of all five days. However, in order to plan for meal attendance and zendo occupancy, we do ask that when you register you specify the portions of sesshin you will attend.

· Because we aim to create an environment of harmony and continuity during sesshin, we hope that participants will be able to attend all sesshin activities they have signed up for. However, we realize that it may be necessary for some participants to take an unscheduled break in order to take care of themselves. We simply ask that you inform the Ino if you will not be in attendance for a meal or scheduled period of zazen. Also, if you must leave sesshin earlier than expected for any reason, please inform the Ino.

· Please do not read or write during sesshin unless it is absolutely necessary to communicate with someone in writing.

· Meals during sesshin are taken no longer taken oryoki style. We now serve meals in a simple buffet style. Therefore there is no need to bring or borrow oryoki bowls.

· There will be work assignments such as assisting with meal preparation, cleanup, and doanryo. If you have some experience and would like to be trained to help as a doan, please contact the ino. Training is usually held on the day of orientation, in the late afternoon, before supper.

· To register for this sesshin, please print our Event Registration Form and mail the completed form to Sanshinji, using the address shown on the form.

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