Rohatsu is the annual commemoration of the Buddha’s Awakening. It is marked in early December by Zen communities around the world and is the most important day of the Zen calendar year.

We celebrate Rohatsu at Still Mind Zendo with a Rohatsu Practice Period which begins on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. During this time, practitioners are encouraged to extend zazen times, to attend the zendo as often as possible and, in general, to raise awareness about their practice. In addition, short teachings of the Buddha are sent to members daily from our teachers and the zendo is decorated in a special way to make us aware of the importance of this time.

We hold our Rohatsu All Day Sitting from 8am to 9pm on the Saturday closest to December 8th .

On the last Tuesday of the Rohatsu Practice Period we come together for a celebration to which friends and family are invited.

Schedule of Events for 2015

  • Tuesday December 1, 8:  7pm – 9pm    Zazen and dharma talk
  • Wednesday through Friday: 7:30am -8:30am  Morning zazen
  • Thursday December 3, 10:  7pm  Zazen with Zen Council circle

Saturday December 12th  All Day sitting

  • 8am to 9pm
  • $25 for members   $40 for non-members payable at the door
  • To register:  Sign up at the zendo or call 212-414-3128 or email
  • Schedule for the day is listed at the end of this page.

Tuesday, December 15th   7pm    Rohatsu Celebration (Guests invited)

  • One period of zazen
  • Incensing ceremony
  • Chanting of the White Plum Ancestors’ Lineage
  • Celebration

Schedule for December 12th All Day Sitting

  • 7:15 am Doors open
  • 7:45 am Ringing of the 108 bells
  • 8:00 am Zazen/kin-hin period
  • 9:50 am Break
  • 10:10 am Dharma Talk
  • Zazen
  • Sutra chanting…incensing ceremony…WPA lineage chanted
  • 12:00 am  Lunch (bring your own lunch)
  • 1:15 pm – 5:00pm: 2 periods of  zazen/kin-hin with break in between
  • 5:00 pm  Oryoki  (evening meal in the zendo)
  • Rest period
  • 6:45 pm  Zazen/kin-hin period
  • 8:25 pm  Work Practice
  • 9:00 pm Close