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.
At Still Mind, we hold our Rohatsu Zazenkai (All-Day Meditation) on the weekend closest to December 8th. We also invite sangha members to particiapte in a week of more intense practice.
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 Zazenkai on the weekend closest to December 8th. Please visit our Zazenkai page for further information.
On the last Tuesday of Rohatsu (during non-Covid times), we come together for a celebration to which friends and family are invited.