Blue Mountain Zendo, Andreas, Pa. Rohatsu Sesshin January 16-23 2015 w/ * Genjo Marinello, Osho
“Sesshin”, literally “to collect the mind”, is the Zen Buddhist seclusion or intensive, consisting of seven days of silent meditative practice, Dharma talks/Teisho, samu (work) practice, and a private interview (Dokusan) three daily with Genjo Marinello, Osho. During Sesshin, the Zen Student concentrates on nothing but collecting the scattered shards of mind, so that they may realize their rightful place within the universe, as the universe. This unifying experience many times feels hidden from us in our daily lives, and as a result, we seek outwardly for what we think we do not have. Insights into our true nature occur many times when we least expect them; walking, the birth of a child, the death of a loved one, in art or music, in nature or simply doing nothing. These seemingly random experiences stir within us something deep and ancient. This nature, our nature, permeates the whole universe and is always present, however, there are times when we just do not see it. These quick flashes are the sparks which initiate our Zen Practice, although sadly many fail to explore them any further. The Zen rabbit hole is infinitely deep and for centuries, philosophy and theology have tried to explain it with shallow and fleeting results at best. The awakened mind is beyond word and letter and requires an honest and inward investigation to clarify, not the entanglement of more concepts and crutches. This honest and open readiness is the catalyst from which the restorative process begins, and our rightful places as true men and women of no rank is realized and embodied. Sesshin is a time to dedicate ourselves to the exploration of this great matter, and a time to heal the wounds which have limited our true freedom and happiness.
*Genjo Marinello Oshō began his Zen training in 1975 and was ordained as a novice monk, in 1980. From 1981-1982 he trained at Ryutaku-ji in Japan with Sochu Rōshi and Soen Nakagawa Rōshi. Marinello later continued his training with Eido Shimano Rōshi, abbot of Dai Bosatsu Monastery. On May 21, 2008, Marinello received dharma transmission from Eido Shimano Rōshi, in a ceremony also involving his former teacher Takabayashi. Genjo Osho is a licensed psychotherapist, a member of the interfaith coalition.