On July 20-25, 35 participants attended the Memorial Sesshin at the Mount Baldy Zen Center. We were truly fortunate to have guest Rōshis & Oshōs join us from Japan for these five days in honor of Kyozan Joshu Rōshi. The retreat was led by Noritake Shunan Rōshi of Reiun-in in Kyoto and Shōkyū Minakawa Rōshi of the Zuiryū-ji temple in Sapporo. Chisaka Seiya Oshō of Tōen-ji in Shiogama, and Nankei Okajima Oshō of Honkō-ji also participated.
Noritake Shunan Rōshi gave Teishō every morning on the Rinzai Roku, as well as Dokusan (private interviews) with a translator three times daily. He also gave evening dharma talks every other day, led us in informal discussions, and joined us in the dining hall and zendo for formal meals and Zazen. Shōkyū Minakawa Rōshi joined us for the last two days of the Sesshin and gave Teishō and Dokusan on the fourth day. Noritake Rōshi and Minakawa Rōshi led the retreat with great energy, purpose, and dedication, and we are deeply grateful for their participation.