Rohatsu Retreat Schedule 2020

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Monday, Dec. 7th

Communal Practice
7:00pm………Zazen
7:25pm………Kinhin
7:35pm………Zazen + Retreat Welcome
8:00pm………Zazen
8:20pm………Kinhin
8:30pm………Zazen
8:50pm………Closing Chant
9:00pm………End of Communal Practice

Personal Practice
After the end of evening practice, try to maintain “noble silence” – no speaking unless absolutely necessary – until after zazen the following morning. Ideally, go to bed; this helps you carry the stillness of zazen into sleep. If unable to go to bed, sit more zazen, do walking or reclining meditation, read some Dharma material, or do some journaling.

Tuesday, Dec. 8th – Saturday, Dec. 12th

Communal Practice
6:30am………Zazen
6:55am………Posture Adjustment/Zazen
7:20am………Kinhin
7:30am………Zazen
7:55am………Posture Adjustment/Zazen
8:20am………Chanting Service (Chant along, but keep yourself muted; it doesn’t work to chant together on Zoom. Click here for a copy of the chanting service you can refer to or print.)
8:30am………Break for breakfast prep
8:45am………Formal Breakfast (Oryoki optional – instructions to come. Click here for a copy of our meal chant you can print.)

Personal Practice
9:15am………Break, Cleanup
9:30am………Silent Work Practice (Choose something simple, physical, and restorative to do, like cleaning, sewing, or gardening. Also take this time to prepare your lunch. Set a timer for yourself so you can work without looking at the clock. When the timer goes off, immediately stop your work and clean up.)
11:15am…….End work, prepare for zazen

Communal Practice
11:30am…….Zazen
11:55am…….Kinhin
12:05pm…….Zazen
12:30pm…….Break for lunch prep
12:45pm…….Formal Lunch (Oryoki optional – instructions to come)

Personal Practice
1:00pm…….Break, Cleanup
1:30pm…….Rest (Spend this time taking a nap or doing something very quiet and relaxing – take a leisurely walk, read some Dharma material, or just sit in the sun or listen to the rain.)
2:30pm…….Exercise (Do your personal exercise routine at this time, or at least take a vigorous walk.)

Communal Practice
3:30pm…….Evening Recitation
3:40pm…….Zazen
4:00pm…….Kinhin
4:10pm…….Zazen – Sanzen available (sign up immediately when sanzen is announced by sending a chat to Domyo; sanzen will last through the next few blocks of zazen/kinhin as necessary)
4:30pm…….Kinhin
4:40pm…….Zazen
5:00pm…….Kinhin
5:10pm…….Zazen
5:30pm…….End zazen, dinner break

Personal Practice
Although dinner is on your own, try to maintain silence and stillness throughout this period. Take care of other life responsibilities as necessary but try to stay offline if you can, and avoid getting too caught up in busyness.

Communal Practice
7:00pm………Zazen
7:25pm………Kinhin
7:35pm………Zazen + Teisho (Encouragement talk given during zazen)
8:00pm………Zazen
8:20pm………Kinhin
8:30pm………Zazen
8:50pm………Closing Chant
9:00pm………End of Communal Practice

Personal Practice
After the end of evening practice, try to maintain “noble silence” – no speaking unless absolutely necessary – until after zazen the following morning. Ideally, go to bed; this helps you carry the stillness of zazen into sleep. If unable to go to bed, sit more zazen, do walking or reclining meditation, read some Dharma material, or do some journaling.

Sunday, Dec. 13th

Communal Practice
6:30am………Zazen
6:55am………Posture Adjustment/Zazen
7:20am………Chanting Service
7:30am………Retreat Closing Circle
8:00am………Retreat Ends

Bright Way Zen will hold its Sunday morning practice as usual, starting at 9:30am Pacific.