During the first week of december the traditional Rohatsu sesshin took place. This is a unique opportunity to deepen one's practice by plunging, in silence, into sitting meditation, zazen.
Rôhatsu's literal meaning is "the eighth day of the twelth month". The 8th of december is traditionally kept as a commemoration of the awakening of Shâkyamuni Buddha. It was on this day that Shâkyamuni was enlightened when he saw the evening star after having spent several weeks in zazen.
In order to celebrate this historic occasion zen temples organise a Rôhatsu sesshin.
Here some pictures of this retreat...!