Rohatsu is Japanese for "eighth day of the twelfth month." December 8 has come to be the day Japanese Zen Buddhists observe the enlightenment of the historical Buddha.
In Japanese Zen monasteries, Rohatsu is the last day of a week-long sesshin, an intensive meditation retreat in which all of one's waking time is dedicated to meditation and silence is maintained unless speaking is absolutely necessary. In a Rohatsu Sesshin, it is traditional for each evening's meditation period to be longer than the previous evening. On the last night, those with enough stamina sit in meditation through the night.
In Tucson, Rohatsu Sesshin will once again be held on Dec 1-8, 2015 at the Redemptorist Renewal Center near Picture Rocks, led by Dan Dorsey and Susan Weimer. The sesshin starts on December 1 with check-in between 3-5 pm, and ends with lunch on the 8th. The fee for the full week is $665.00 for a private room, and $560.00 per person for a shared occupancy room. The commuter rate is $395 which includes all meals.
To register or for questions, contact Carmen Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 520.744.3400 x 7111 (toll free: 866.737.5751).