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Date(s) - Fri - 12/01/2017 - Sat - 12/02/2017
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Sacramento Dharma Center


9 am ~ 9 pm Friday and Sat. 9 am till noon Sunday

This three day Sesshin (retreat) will honor the enlightenment of the historical Buddha.  You are invited to come for all three days, or any part of the sesshin that your schedule allows.


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.

Traditionally, this observation — sometimes called “Bodhi Day” — was held on the 8th day of a 12th lunar month, which often falls in January. When Japan adopted the Gregorian calendar in the 19th century, Japanese Buddhists adopted fixed days for many holidays, including Buddha’s birthday. Western Buddhists of many schools appear to be adopting December 8 as Bodhi Day, also. Bodhi means “awakened” in Sanskrit, although in English we tend to say “enlightened.”

In Japanese Zen monasteries, Rohatsu is the last day of a week-long sesshin. A sesshin is an intensive meditation retreat in which all of one’s waking time is dedicated to meditation. Even when not in the meditation hall, participants endeavor to maintain meditation focus at all times — eating, washing, doing chores.