Seven-Day Rohatsu Sesshin 2018, CC 12/2 – 12/8

Led by City Center Abiding Abbot Rinso Ed Sattizahn

  Sunday, December 2 – Saturday, December 8, 2018
NOTE: Orientation is on the evening of Saturday, December 1; see below.

Register by Monday, November 26.

The seven-day Rohatsu Sesshin commemorates Buddha's enlightenment and closes the Fall Practice Period.

Sesshins are traditional Soto Zen meditation retreats that include formal zendo meals, dharma talks, sitting and walking meditation, and private interviews with senior teachers. In order to understand the nature of our formal retreats, and to be clear about the details of the practice, please review a typical sesshin schedule, as well as our guidelines for zendo conduct. We ask those who attend sesshin to commit to following these guidelines and to participating in the schedule completely. If you have questions regarding the schedule or guidelines, please consult with the head of the meditation hall, the ino, via email ( before completing your registration.

Saturday, December 1: Evening orientation for sesshin

  • Oryoki instruction at 5 pm
  • Dinner at 6 pm
  • Orientation for all participants 7:30 pm
Meals are included in the cost of sesshin. However, to receive your meals, you will need an oryoki set. You may bring your own or rent an oryoki set for the duration of sesshin. If you would like to rent oryoki please add the rent oryoki set fee to your reservation. To purchase your own oryoki set, contact the City Center Ino by email (

If you will need a chair for the entire sesshin please indicate that when you sign up.

Prerequisite: At least two one-day sittings at City Center or Green Gulch. If you have not participated in a San Francisco Zen Center sesshin before, please communicate with the ino before signing up.

Fees: $420; $378 current members; $336 limited income. Some partial scholarships available.

Optional overnight accommodations:

  • $35 per night, shared*
  • $50 per night, single*

*Subject to availability. Overnight accommodations must be booked during online registration.

Register by Monday, November 26.

To Register: Use the Register Online button above. Or call the City Center main office at 415.863.3136 or the SFZC Reservations Office at 888.743.9362 or 415.475.9362. Or fill out this online form to have the Reservations Office contact you by phone or email to assist your registration.

  • If this is your first sesshin at City Center, please contact the ino (head of meditation hall) at 415.354.0391 or by email ( prior to registering.

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