Today, a long sitting to celebrate Shakyamuni’s Moment of Realization under the Bodhi Tree, some 2,500 years ago …

… After sitting, day upon day, having searched everywhere, he finally found something always right there.

Perhaps, in giving up the search, he truly saw.

In commemoration of this attaining of non-attaining, we will sit long and intensely …

… searching for nothing, expecting nothing, not judging or dividing,
embracing what is …

we will sit four successive periods of 55 minute Zazen,
followed by 5 minutes of Kinhin …


(RUNNING TIME: appoximately 4 hours)

Although it is worthwhile to sit sometimes with a bit of difficulty,
we do not risk our health or seek excess discomfort:
Please change positions, stand, walk or recline at any time, not waiting for the bell.
Please have ample water nearby (tea is helpful too), and drink freely when you need.

Today’s sittings are specially dedicated to children everywhere,
may they be happy, free from suffering and danger.

We will briefly chant the FOUR VOWS (1x) at the start and end today …

To save all sentient beings, though beings numberless

To transform all delusions, though delusions inexhaustible

To perceive Reality, though Reality is boundless

To attain the Enlightened Way, a Way non-attainable



4 Responses to “SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: ROHATSU”

  1. louis Says:

    Thank you Jundo. After the second sit, my stiffened knees slowly made it down the stairs and it began to snow during kinhin. I poured myself a hot cup tea. A quiet snowfall. My hands warmed by my teacup. I begin again.In Emma’s word’s:Happy to you Buddha

  2. HezB Says:

    Well done, all.Timing didn’t suit today. I’ll see you all there tomorrow ;-)H.

  3. Gregor Says:

    I’m going to time my sitting to end with sunrise.see you then

  4. Karl Says:

    Wow. Made it! I was surprised… after that first hour and a half or so, my legs just turned to jello and were so loose they didn’t bother me at all. I had the house to myself, and I had to stop once to let the dog out. Otherwise, it was a whole lot of intense nothing. Awesome. Happy Rohatsu!!

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