Rohatsu Sesshin 2021

Please Note: There is a high wind advisory through Thursday, December 2nd. During this time the power can go out for an indeterminate length of time. In this circumstance continue to follow the schedule and try to reconnect. We will try to post a status here on the blog and on the Virtual Events Mailing List.

11.30.21 – Note that the schedule has been updated. Please download the latest version: Rohatsu Schedule

“Every sit builds toward sesshin; every sesshin builds toward Rohatsu.”

Tahoma will hold Rohatsu Sesshin on the traditional days, December 1st through 8th. This will be offered as an online retreat but there also be limited opportunities for those in the local area to attend in-person and our evening session will remain open to drop-in attendance (vaccination and masks required)  As the culmination of the Autumn Kessei as well as the training year, we can all dedicate ourselves to an extended week of zazen. OSesshin is always an opportunity to go deep and push ourselves beyond our limits, Rohatsu even more-so as we are asked to leave it all on the table. A virtual sesshin does demand more from us in order to deeply take advantage of the opportunity. The broadcast provides a structure, just as attending a sesshin in-person does, but the commitment is up to the individual.  If one is able commit to doing the entire sesshin, prepare yourself a space where you can minimize distractions. Have your meals planned out and the shopping completed. Work out a way to do kinhin and physical practice. Then just flow along with the schedule. During the Dharma talks we will continue our investigation of the Letters of Dahui and his teachings for lay practitioners without ready access to a teacher. Truly valuable teachings for these times and for lay practice in general.

Online Retreat Information

We will begin with a period of zazen and kokuho on November 30th. Kokuho will include any orientation information needed for online participants.  During the week of retreat Zoom broadcast throughout the day will be in four blocks with the evening broadcast becoming longer and longer as as the week goes on.  

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86286945710?pwd=OUFnRitDWk9BdWZmYk9KTUpjK1JPdz09

Broadcast Schedule

Tuesday November 30th
6:30pm: Zazen; Kinhin
7:30pm: Kokuho

December 1st-7th
5am to 7am: Choka; Zazen
10:00am to noon: Zazen
2pm to 4:30pm: Dharma Talk; Zazen; Banka
6pm to 9(10/11)pm: Zazen 

December 8th
5am: Choka; Zazen
7am: Bodhi Day Ceremony

Essential Information
• Download the full schedule: Rohatsu Schedule
• The sutra book we will be using can be downloaded here: Virtual Sutra book
• Read these posts:  Guidelines for Virtual Events and Orientation to Virtual Sesshin.
• To receive the links for Virtual Events by email: Tahoma Virtual Events mailing list.

Sesshin Schedule

Tuesday, November 30th

6:30pmUninterrupted Zazen; Han; Kinhin
7:30pmKokuho (sutras p. 16)
8:00pmKaichin
All times Pacific Time. Please tune in five minutes before scheduled events
Events in Bold will be streamed, events in Italics are self-directed.

Wednesday, December 1st – Tuesday, December 7th

5:00amChoka (morning sutras); Sampai
5:40amZazen [short period]; Kinhin
6:00amZazenZazen
7:00amBreakfast; Cleanup
8:15amSamu [meet on kitchen deck]
10:00amUninterrupted Zazen; Kinhin
11:00amZazen; Zazen
12:00pmLunch; Cleanup; Break
2:00pmDharma Talk; Kinhin
3:00pmZazen; Zazen; Kinhin
4:00pmBanka (afternoon sutras); sampai
4:30pmOutside/Physical Practice
5:00pmDinner; Break
6:00pmUninterrupted ZazenKinhin
7:00pmZazen; ZazenKinhin
8:00pmZazen; Zazen;
8:50pmKaichin / Yaza
All times Pacific Time. Please tune in five minutes before scheduled events
Events in Bold will be streamed, events in Italics are self-directed
As the sesshin progresses the schedule runs later. Download the full schedule for details.

Tuesday, December 8th

5:00amChoka; sampai
5:40amZazen [short period]Kinhin
6:00amZazen; Zazen
6:50ambreak
7:00amBodhi Day Ceremony
7:30amClosing Remarks
All times Pacific Time. Please tune in five minutes before scheduled events
Events in Bold will be streamed, events in Italics are self-directed.

Tahoma Schedule Changes
Sunday December 5th: No Zazenkai
Thursday December 9th: No scheduled events

During this retreat we will be have afternoon sutras (Banka) which will include chants not in the standard Tahoma sutra book. So please download the virtual sutra book: Sutra Book.

Please email us with any questions: tahoma@tahomazenmonastery.com

The Dharma is always free at Tahoma but retreats online or in-person always come with a cost, so please do consider making a donation online or in person with this in mind.

Tahoma Winter Schedule

As we come to the end of the year with the mix of retreats, holidays and special events, this is the schedule we will observe at the Monastery. Please note that for the reminder of the year, only evening zazen is open to the public (full vaccination and masks required) both some events presented online via Zoom. Please read this post regarding our Covid Reopening Status and the postings on individual events for details.

Events are always kept up to date on our Calendar: 
https://www.tahomazenmonastery.com/calendar/

Tahoma Winter 2021/2022 Schedule

November 24th, 2021
6:30pm to7:20pm – Zazen
7:30pm – Chisan talk at Watermoon Dojo

November 25 & 26th, 2021
Thanksgiving break – no activities

November 27th-29th, 2021
Regular Schedule

November 30th, 2021
4:50am – Choka
6:25pm – zazen
7:30pm – Kokuho

December 1st-7th, 2021
Rohatsu (schedule to be posted shortly)

December 8th, 2021
4:50am – Choka
7:00am – Bodhi Day ceremony

December 9th, 2021
No Activities

December 10th – 23rd, 2021
Regular Schedule

December 24th to January 5th, 2022
Winter Break – No Activities

January 6th, 2022 and beyond
Regular Schedule

November 20th Daylong Retreat

Saturday, November 20th, 2021

Staying with the practice, moment by moment, fully engaged throughout the ninety day training period we will build on our momentum with a daylong retreat in November. The last event before Rohatsu it is a perfect way to work out the kinks and acclimate to online practice. As with the rest of the Autumn Kessei we will continue to investigate the Letters of Dahui and his teachings for lay practitioners without ready access to a teacher. Truly valuable teachings for these times and for lay practice in general.    This retreat is offered virtually with limited in-person attendance, restricted to those in the local area, contact us if interested.  

Essential Information
• The sutra book we will be using can be downloaded here: Virtual Sutra book
• Read these posts:  Guidelines for Virtual Events and Orientation to Virtual Sesshin.
• To receive the links for Virtual Events by email: Tahoma Virtual Events mailing list.

Zoom Link for Online Retreat: [Event has Passed]

Continue reading “November 20th Daylong Retreat”

October 2021 Weekend Retreat

October 22nd-24th, 2021

Keeping ones practice solid, energetic and ever deepening is why we push hard during the training period. Keeping up the momentum in October we offer a long weekend retreat. Two full days followed by a half day on Sunday to deepen or renew your commitment.  We will continue our investigation of the Letters of Dahui and his teachings for lay practitioners without ready access to a teacher. Truly valuable teachings for these times and for lay practice in general.  This retreat is offered virtually with limited in-person attendance, restricted to those in the local area, contact us if interested.  

Essential Information
• Download the full schedule: October Weekend Retreat Schedule
• The sutra book we will be using can be downloaded here: Virtual Sutra book
• Read these posts:  Guidelines for Virtual Events and Orientation to Virtual Sesshin.
• To receive the links for Virtual Events by email: Tahoma Virtual Events mailing list.

Zoom Link for Online Retreat:  [Event has passed]

Continue reading “October 2021 Weekend Retreat”

2022 Calendars Now Available

Please note that Myosho will be unable to ship calendars from December 5th through January 5th. You can pick them up in person at Tahoma Zen Monastery, Water Moon Dojo Seattle or Tanden Zendo LA. Please contact those establishments to arrange pickups. Contact Myosho with orders or questions: calendar@tahomazenmonastery.com

Greetings for the Year of the Tiger!


Harada Roshi’s 2022 One Drop Calendars are now available.
20”x 26”   Hand Screened on high quality paper. 

If you are able to pick up your calendar in person at a One Drop Zendo:
1 calendar $20
10 calendars $175

Shipping is also available:
1 calendar mailed to one U.S. address  $30  
10 calendars mailed to a single U.S address   $210.

Calendars can be mailed to Canada for additional postage.  Unfortunately, calendars are available only to the U. S. and Canada. 

(The change in pricing reflects rises on both printing and postage costs.)

To order calendars, please contact Myosho at: calendar@tahomazenmonastery.com

Zen and Tea October 2nd

Autumn dewdrops glisten on the lotuses

Dear Friends
On Saturday October 2nd we’ll meet online at 10:00am (PDT, 1:00pm EDT, 7:00pm CET) for an opportunity to share the Way of Tea.


Sokan will offer Chado (formal tea) and lead us through preparing our own bowl of matcha. [No matcha? please brew a cup of your favourite and come along.] Once we’ve made our bowl, we’ll savour our tea, and if we wish share a verse or quote that inspires us. We’ll start with a short zazen, then Sokan will offer formal tea, followed by our preparing our own. Sokan will open our conversation and if we wish we’ll take time and offer poems, quotes, and share our experience.

Please join the event via Zoom: [event has passed]


Check the odz-cc Google Calendar for other One Drop Zen events: One Drop Events Calendar

If you wish to offer a donation to Tahoma Zen Monastery: Tahoma Donations and Pledges

2021 Autumnal Equinox Retreat

September 20th-26th, 2021

The Autumn Training period begins with our Autumnal Equinox Retreat starting Monday September 20th. This will kick off a 90 day period of intense practice where ones primary focus is training. This is a time to give oneself over completely to ones method. This retreat is offered virtually with limited in-person attendance, restricted to those in the local area, contact us if interested.  

The online retreat will have four major broadcast blocks throughout the day:
5am to 7am: Choka and Zazen
10:30am to Noon: Zazen
2pm to 4pm: Dharma Talk and Zazen
6pm to 9pm: Zazen

Continue reading “2021 Autumnal Equinox Retreat”

Power down AGAIN at Tahoma

Remarkably at almost the same time as last week the power has gone down again at Tahoma. I have no idea what is going on. Again if the power is restored by 8am we will proceed with Virtual Zazankai as normal, perhaps a bit late. However if you can’t connect by say 8:10 then we will have to hope that next week we will be back to normal.

Update
The power outage was caused by a tree that fell from Tahoma property about 20 feet from the driveway onto the power lines. The power was restored around 1pm after about 6 hours of outage.

Autumnal Equinox 2021 Sesshin


September 20th-26th, 2021

Tahoma Zen Monastery Online

 
The changing of the seasons into Autumn heralds the start of the most intense period of practice in the training year. Please join us online from September 20th though 26th, for a weeklong retreat. This retreat is offered virtually with limited in-person attendance, restricted to those in the local area, contact us if interested.  With a virtual retreat one can take part as ones schedule, energy and interest allows. But, as always, we recommend committing to what you are able to attend and then holding fast to the sesshin spirit for that period.  Sesshin is always and only as deep and powerful as you make it.

I encourage those who are able to give themselves completely to this week as they would to any sesshin. While of course everyone is welcome to attend events as circumstances allow, if you are able do engage in the full days schedule and maintain sesshin spirit throughout the self-directed portions.  While there are many periods where one has to be the master of their own practice, set a routine for meals and engage in work around your place that coincides with the practice schedule. Undertake your own physical practice or follow the outdoor practice during periods when that is offered.  Some suggestions and procedure for getting the most out of a virtual sesshin can be found in our Guidelines for Virtual Events and Orientation to Virtual Sesshin.

The retreat begins Monday September 20th at 5am and concludes Sunday morning after Zazenkai. All days apart from the final day with follow this basic schedule:

General Broadcast schedule (all times PDT)
5am to 6:55am: Choka and zazen
10:30am to noon: Zazen
2pm to 4pm: Dharma Talk and Zazen
6pm to 8:45pm: Zazen

The full, final schedule for the retreat with all the activities we will engage in at the monastery will be posted in the days before the retreat as well as mailed out in a stand alone email. This post will also include all of the essential information, Zoom Link and etc.  Please email us with any questions: tahoma@tahomazenmonastery.com

As we wish to share the dharma with everyone we are not setting a fixed cost for the retreat. However there are costs to us for food, utilities and operations. So please do consider making a donation online or in person with this in mind.

Late Summer/Autumn 2021 Tahoma Guidance

Vaccination required at all events.
Masks required for indoor events.


As per WA State guidelines masks are required for indoor activities for the fully vaccinated. Additionally we will continue operate at 50% capacity and the zendo has been setup with this in mind. If one finds each seat in the Zendo occupied we ask that you come at another time. 

We are limiting drop-in attendance to our events to evening zazen only. Be prepared to show proof of vaccination. Our morning chant service and Sunday Zazenkai will not be available for in-person attendance.  Zazenkai will continue to be offered virtually.

It is still best practice to stay home if you feel sick and to continue to regularly wash your hands and use hand sanitizer.

While we welcome people to freely enjoy the trails we caution against visitation at this time especially if you have traveled from afar. We ask those who do come, to stay primarily on the trails and avoid the monastery grounds during our work period (8:30-1pm) Larger groups are discouraged and should be masked. Our buildings remain closed to drop in visitors.

Autumn 2021 Schedule

Monday through Saturday
Evening Zazen (meditation): 6:25 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Full vaccination and masks required.

Sundays
Zazenkai (community sitting): 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Online only.  For more information see: Virtual Zazenkai

All other events are open to monastery residents only.

Masks and full vaccination required for in-person attendance.
Be prepared to show your vaccination card.