2018 Rohatsu Zazenkai Announced

The Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment as he gazed at the morning star after 45 days of meditation under the Bo tree.

Great Wave Zen Sangha is please to announce its 2018 Rohatsu Zazenkai retreat.  This will be an extended zazenkai, beginning at 7:00 PM, Friday, November 30, and ending at 9:00 AM, Sunday, December 2.  Rohatsu is the traditional anniversary of Shakyamuni Buddha’s enlightenment.  Practitioners of all levels of experience are encouraged to attend this retreat. It will be rich with opportunities for meditation, scripture recitation, Teisho, and dokusan with Gendo Roshi. Vegetarian meals are included.

To participate, please complete our Event Registration Form as soon as possible. Your timely registration and payment ($80 for members; $120 for non-members) allow us to plan a menu and make other arrangements. Limited overnight accommodations are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

We look forward to practicing with you!

Rohatsu 2015 Retreat Announced

Morning start over the Pacific Ocean (source: Wikimedia)
Morning start over the Pacific Ocean (source: Wikimedia

Great Wave will be holding a day-long retreat, or zazenkai, on December 6, 2015.  Dubbed the 2015 Bright Star Zazenkai, this retreat is a traditional part of Rohatsu, the Zen tradition’s week-long commemoration of Shakyamuni Buddha‘s enlightenment beneath the bo tree 2500 years ago.

Geared for practitioners of all levels, this retreat will offer participants an opportunity to deepen their practice of meditation, study scripture, hear a Dharma talk, and to receive private instruction (daisan) from Gendo Sensei.

For more information, and to register for this event, please see our online events calendar.

Fall Retreats Scheduled!

Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana
Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Great Wave Zen Sangha has added retreats to its fall events calendar, starting with a half-day retreat on September 15, from 7:00 AM to 12:30 PM. (Please register here.)

In October, Great Wave will pilot a new form of the zazenkai (or  one-day retreat), by starting it on Saturday evening, October 12, from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM, and then continuing on the following morning, October 13, from 5:30 AM to 12:30 PM. (Please register here.)

November 10 will offer a more traditional zazenkai, (Please register here.) and in commemoration of the Rohatsu holiday, a three-day sesshin will be held. (Please register here.)

At all retreats, participants will have an opportunity to deepen and clarify the experience of zazen, practice liturgy, participate in oryoki meals, receive private instruction from resident teacher Gendo Sensei, and to hear a Dharma talk.  We sincerely hope that you will try to make one or more of these retreats.


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Register for Upcoming Rohatsu Sesshin!

English: Plum Blossoms in Snow, Zhang Yan, Min...
Plum blossoms in snow are a traditional Japanese Zen symbol of Sakyamuni Bddha’s awakening.

Please join us for this special weekend sesshin in honor of the enlightenment of Shakyamuni Buddha (known as Rohatsu in the Japanese Zen tradition).  Participants will have an opportunity to deepen their meditation practice,  practice liturgy, receive private instruction from resident teacher Gendo Sensei, and hear a Dharma talk. We request a donation of $75 for members, and $120 for non-members for full-time participation. (Part-time participation is also permitted.)  Just click on the December calendar at greatwave.org (top of page, under EVENTS).  Feel free to visit our sesshin schedule for details of our weekend, at greatwave.org (bottom of page).



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