The Japanese word Rohatsu literally means the 8th day of the 12th month. This day is the one traditionally viewed as marking the attainment of enlightenment by Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha. Across the Zen world, practitioners are undertaking a period of particularly rigorous training this week to commemorate this event. It culminates with the rising of the morning star on the 8th.
A public Zen lecture will be offered at Daiyuzenji temple in Chicago on the evening of the 8th (this Thursday) by So'zan Miller Roshi, the Daiyuzenji abbot. Please join us! Start time is 7:15pm, and the suggested donation is $10. Tea will be served.
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