While City Center and Green Gulch are in sesshin Tassajara continues with the normal daily schedule. Yesterday was a personal day with pizza dinner, today the wake-up bell rang at the usual 3.50am.
The 7-day Rohatsu sesshin starts on Tuesday, the day after the 8th. In what is becoming a common practice, several fresh faces will be joining the residents for this sesshin - to receive an invitation you must have close links with an Abbot.
Then the practice period will be almost over. A day off. The Shuso ceremony. A packing day. And finally, the goodbyes.
The winter practice period, lead by Abbot Steve Stucky, starts on January 3rd.