Rohatsu is the annual commemoration of the Buddha's Awakening. It is marked on December 8th 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 that 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 8 am to 9 pm on the Saturday closest to December 8th.

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

Schedule of Events for 2016:

  • Saturday, December 10: All-Day sitting (more information below)
  • Tuesday, December 13, 7 pm: Rohatsu celebration (more information below)
  • Tuesday, November 29 and Tuesday, December 6: 7 pm zazen and dharma talk
  • Thursday, December 1 and Thursday, December 8: 7 pm zazen with Zen Council
  • Wednesdays through Fridays: 7:30 am - 8:30 am Morning zazen

Saturday, December 10: All-Day extended sitting

  • 8 am to 9 pm
  • $25 for members; $40 for non-members; payable at the door
  • To register: Sign up at the zendo or call 212-414-3128

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
Sutra chanting incensing ceremony White Plum lineage chanted
12:00 am Lunch (please bring your own lunch)
1:15 pm 5:00pm: 2 periods of zazen/kin-hin with break in between
5:00 pm Evening meal in the zendo (vegetarian meal provided)
Rest period
6:45 pm Zazen/kin-hin period
8:25 pm Work Practice
9:00 pm Close

Tuesday, December 13, 7 pm: Rohatsu Celebration (guests welcome)

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