Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Rohatsu Sesshin - 8-9 December 2017


Rohatsu, or Bodhi Day, is celebrated every year around the world on December 8 to commemorate the day that Siddhartha Gautama experienced enlightenment.

In Zen, we celebrate during sesshin, a retreat offering intensive practice of zazen (sitting concentration), kinhin (walking concentration), and samu (work practice).

Sesshin literally means "touch the mind." This retreat is an excellent opportunity to experience true Zen practice, whether you are a long-time practitioner or just beginning.

We will  meet in the Center for Spiritual Living, housed in a beautiful and historic old brownstone in downtown Bakersfield.

Included with Your Registration

  • Zen introduction for beginners
  • Intensive Zen meditation
  • Mondo question and answer
  • Qi gong led by an experienced practitioner
  • Saturday breakfast and lunch
  • Post-sesshin celebration hors d'ouevres
Those without prior experience are welcome! However, some beginners may find the rigors of Zen practice intense. For this reason, if you are new to practice, we ask that you email the director from the Contact page to inquire further. Also consider attending one of our regularly scheduled morning sessions to experience zazen before the sesshin.

Date, Time, Location

Center for Spiritual Living
Bakersfield, California (map provided to registrants)
Friday, December 8: 6-9 p.m.
Saturday, December 9: 6-5 p.m.

One-day Saturday attendees are welcome (same cost)


Payable by cash, check, or card the day of the event.
  • Standard Registration: $50
  • Fellowship Member in Good Standing: $45
  • High School/College Student: $40 


      To register and reserve your spot, send an email to the ZFB Director. Use "Sesshin Registration" as your subject line. In your message, include the following information:
      1. Name
      2. Telephone
      3. City/State
      4. How you heard about the retreat
      5. Brief description of meditation experience
      We look forward to practicing with you!