Morning Practice with Watermoon Dojo

Tuesday August 9th, 2022, 6:30am to 8:30am Pacific Time
Morning Practice with Watermoon Dojo
Now back to in-person practice. Drop by the Dojo for a morning of practice with Seattle’s OneDrop group. Address and directions can be found here: Water Moon Dojo.

The morning events will consist of Choka (chant service), zazen and dharma talk with a casual “tea” to follow. For the Dharma Talk we will be reading from Torei Enji’s Discourse on the Inexhaustible Lamp of the Zen School. Download a PDF of it here (note: links to a 43MB pdf). You can find notes and recordings of the previous discussions here: Discourse on the Inexhaustible Lamp.

Virtual Practice

Water Moon will continue to broadcast their practice periods for those unable to attend in person.

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8538897236?pwd=TVlDNFMxZDVEYzNsL3hKUUM5dlNKUT09

Download the sutra book here: Virtual Sutra book

Before taking part in a Virtual Event at Tahoma please read this post:
Guidelines for Virtual Events

To receive the links for the Virtual Events by email: Tahoma Virtual Events mailing list.

Thank your for your continuing support and please email us with any questions:  Contact Information

Zazenkai August 7th, 2022

PLEASE NOTE
For this week we will be chanting the Preface to the Recorded Sayings of Zen Master Rinzai in leu of Hakuin Zenji’s Song of Zazen. This can be found in the Virtual Chantbook on page 8.

Every Sunday from 8am to around 9:30am we hold community zazen, or Zazenkai. It is a straightforward service with chanting, zazen, a short talk an opportunity at the end for casual conversation. Join us and meet the local sangha, learn the basics of Rinzai form and engage in the practice.

Zazenkai is open to the public for those fully vaccinated with the booster. For those unable to attend in person it is also available online via Zoom.

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89122961140?pwd=bWxWeUlEYlRodk1LVi9pKzhNdXdMQT09

For more information on online Zazenkai see this post: Virtual Zazenkai

Please note that we have setup a mailing list that will send out the Zoom link every week. Click to Join the Tahoma Events Mailing List

We are only able hold these events thanks your generous support.

August 2022 Daylong Retreat

Please join us for a day of intensive practice deep in the dog days of summer. As we begin to ramp up for the Autumn training period and sesshin in September this a valuable opportunity to recommit to the practice.

All of the events of this retreat are open for in-person and drop-in attendance if you are fully vaccinated.  While one can drop into any of the periods without prior notice, if you wish to attend the whole day, or through any of the meals you must  contact us by Thursday August 18th.  If you’d like to make it a weekend of practice from Friday through Sunday or an overnight please contact us to make arrangements.  Please note that any overnight stays need to be arranged by Thursday August 18th. If there is limited in-person signups this retreat will be shift to drop-in and online attendance only.

We will continue to broadcast these retreats via Zoom for those unable to join us.  We will begin the online broadcast during regular Friday evening zazen and conclude after Sunday’s Zazenkai allowing for one to be able to extend ones practice beyond the full day.

Essential Information for those joining online
• Download the monastery schedule: Daylong 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.

Broadcast Schedule

Friday, June 17th
6:30pm to 8:20pm: Zazen

Saturday, June 18th
5am to 7am: Choka; Zazen
11:00am to Noon: Zazen
2pm to 4:00pm: Dharma Talk; Zazen
6:00pm to 8:45pm: Zazen 

Sunday, June 19th
8:00am to 9:30am:: Zazenkai

Zoom Link will be posted here a day or two before the start of the event.

Retreat Schedule

Saturday August 20th

5:00amChoka  (sutras p.3-14); Sampai; Han
5:40amZazen (short period); Kinhin
6:00amZazen; Zazen
7:00amBreakfast; Cleanup; Break
8:15amSamu [Self-Directed]
11:00amZazen; Zazen
11:55amLunch; Cleanup; Break
2:00pmDharma Talk; Kinhin
3:00pmZazen; Zazen
4:15pmPhysical/Outside practice [self-directed]
5:00pmDinner (informal, optional); Cleanup; Break
6:00pmUninterrupted Zazen; Han Kinhin;
7:00pmZazen; Zazen; Kinhin
8:00pmZazen; Zazen
8:45pmHan; Closing Sutra (p.17)Sampai
9:00pmKaichin; Yaza
All times Pacific Time. Please arrive/tune in ten minutes before scheduled events.
Events in Bold will be streamed.

 

Please email us with any questions: Contact Information

This retreat is offered without charge, however there are costs to us for food, utilities, printing and operations. So please do consider making a donation online or in person with this in mind.

September 2022 Osesshin Applications  Available

Dear One Drop Sangha and Friends,

The September 2022 Osesshin at Tahoma Zen Monastery begins with kokuho on the evening of September 5th and concludes the evening of September 12th.  Please note that applications are available to those fully vaccinated with a booster.  

Osesshin: Monday, September 5th – Monday, September 12th, 2022
Kokuho is Monday evening, September 5th.  Osesshin, led by Harada Roshi, concludes the evening of Monday, May 12th.  Full time participation is required.  The cost of Osesshin is $400.  

The application deadline for Osesshin is Sunday, July 31st.  Osesshin acceptance emails will be sent soon after the deadline date of July 31st.  Please send your sesshin fee once you have been notified of your acceptance.  Payment information will be included in the acceptance email. 

Apply here: [Registration is now Closed]

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THIS OSESSHIN

*Any help with set up before or clean up following Osesshin would be greatly appreciated.  If you would like to arrive a day or two before sesshin and/or stay a day or two after sesshin please contact the monastery to make arrangements.  The monastery email address is tahoma@tahomazenmonastery.com

*As we plan for September Osesshin, the Tahoma staff is working to organize as safe a practice period as possible.  The Covid situation is quite fluid.  We are following the Washington State regulations and will continuously update our policies to conform.  We are hopeful that we will be able to conduct our September 2022 Osesshin but recognize that our plans, as well as the dates, may need to change suddenly and without notice.  For those purchasing airline tickets please be prepared to cancel your reservations. 

*We recommend that persons who are immunocompromised or have chronic medical issues not attend this practice period. 

*There may be a waitlist for this Osesshin.  Those on the waitlist will be contacted immediately as spaces become available. 

Thank you,
Rozan Lenny Gerson
Osesshin registrar
Tahoma Zen Monastery

Summer Solstice 2022 Daylong Retreat

We celebrate the conclusion of the spring training period and the start of summer with a full day of practice. All of the events of this retreat are open for in-person and drop-in attendance if you are fully vaccinated.  While one can drop into any of the periods without prior notice, if you wish to attend the whole day, or through any of the meals you must  contact us by Thursday June 16th.  If you’d like to make it a weekend event from Friday through Sunday or an overnight please contact us to make arrangements.  Please note that any overnight stays need to be arranged by Thursday June 16th. If there is limited in-person signups this retreat will be shift to drop-in and online attendance only.

We will continue to broadcast these retreats via Zoom for those unable to join us.  We will begin the online broadcast during regular Friday evening zazen and conclude after Sunday’s Zazenkai allowing for one to be able to extend ones practice beyond the full day.

Essential Information for those Joining Online
• Download the full schedule: Daylong 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.

Broadcast Schedule

Friday, June 17th
6:30pm to 8:20pm: Zazen

Saturday, June 18th
5am to 7am: Choka; Zazen
10:30am to Noon: Zazen
2pm to 4:00pm: Dharma Talk; Zazen
6:00pm to 8:45pm: Zazen 

Sunday, June 19th
8:00am to 9:30am:: Zazenkai

Zoom Link: [event has passed]

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Apologies

Technical difficulties prevented the Zoom broadcast of our regularly Sunday Zazenkai on June 6th. These were then followed by a power outage preventing any sort of investigation and delaying this post. While these circumstances were beyond our control, we do try to get out updates when we can. Hopefully everything will be back to normal next week.

Tahoma Closed During May Retreats

Tahoma Zen Monastery will be closed to the public during the May Sesshin.

This closure will run from May 9th to May 23rd.

During this time there will be no public events and no visitors. We ask that all respect this closure as we hold retreat and attempt to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all participants.

We will return to our regular schedule on May 24th.

Thank you.

May Samu KoSesshin 2022

May 9th-12th, 2022
-In-person with online options-

Please Note that the monastery will be closed to the public during sesshin.
We will resume public events May 24th.

The Spring Training period culminates with our May intensive retreats. Before the rigors of the weeklong OSesshin we will engage in a four day Samu KoSesshin. This retreat will be an opportunity to deepen your practice and give back to the monastery in this time when the grounds are so demanding. Whether you take part in this retreat as a focused period of integrated meditative and work practice or as the beginning an extended period of training this is an opportunity to set aside mundane affairs and deeply investigate this great matter.

This is a Samu KoSesshin which means that work practice is a major component of the retreat. This means that this is essentially an in-person retreat. However the in-zendo portions of the retreat will be broadcast over zoom. Those who are unable to join us in person are encouraged to take part in the online retreat. The emphasis will be on the in-person retreat and during the long samu period those taking part online should engage in self-directed work practice.

Sesshin Information

Dharma Talks
Over the Spring Kessei we have been examining the Three Essentials of Zen Practice: Great Confidence, the Fury of Great Determination and Great Uncertainty.  We began with Torei Enji’s Discourse on the Inexhaustible Lamp of the Zen school in our exploration of Great Confidence. We followed this with a deep dive into the Chan Whip Anthology by Jeffery Broughton with its emphasis on Great Determination. Now we turn to Great Uncertainty. We will continue to work with The Chan Whip supplemented with Dahui’s Treasury of the Eye of True Teaching translated by Thomas Cleary as we begin to explore this most vital of the Three Essentials.

Essential Information
• Download the full schedule: Samu KoSesshin Retreat Schedule
• Download updated text for Outside Practices: Outside Practices
• Instructional Talks covering aspects of retreat practice: Instructional Talks.

Online Retreat

Online participants are encouraged to commit for as much of the retreat as they are able to do. Once you’ve committed to a schedule stick to it.  The schedule that will be followed at the monastery can be found here which you can use to coordinate self-directed work practice, physical practice, meals and breaks.  Observe noble silence throughout, for sesshin is a retreat from words and language as much as anything else. In all activities take the single minded approach of practice.

Broadcast Schedule
5am to 7am: Choka; Zazen
2pm to 4:00pm: Dharma Talk; Zazen
6:00pm to 8:45pm: Zazen 

Essential Information
• Download the sutra book: 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 Events mailing list.

Zoom Link: {event has passed}

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April 30th Samu Day

April 30th Samu Day at Tahoma

Spring with all its fecundity means that the flora in the garden, columbarium and grounds have entered a phase of riotous growth. As we prepare our buildings and ground for May Sesshin after a long hiatus there is much work to be done and your help is needed more than ever.  We will work until around noon and then a light lunch will be offered. Please join us in getting our monastery ready for summer!

April 30th 8:30am, to 12:00 (PDT).
Please do not arrive overly early.
Gather at the Kitchen deck.
Be prepared for outside work, though we will also have inside work for those so inclined.
We are able to widely spread out people if desired distanced work.
Directions to Tahoma Zen Monastery: Getting Here.

Please contact us if you have any questions: contact information.

April 2022 Daylong Retreat

April 16th, 2022
-In-person and Online-

Each month during the Spring Kessei we deepen our practice, ramping up toward our May Sesshin. On April 16th, we gather for a full day of practice. For this day we will follow our spring retreat schedule, which allows for more samu time as the demands of the ground in the spring are unrelenting.  We will continue our examinations of the three essentials of Zen (Chan) Practice: Root of Great Confidence, Fury of Great Determination and Great Apprehension and Uncertainty. We will use Torei Enji’s Discourse on the Inexhaustible Lamp of the Zen School and the Chan Whip Anthology by Jeffery Broughton as our primary texts.

All of the events of this retreat are open for in-person and drop-in attendance if you are fully vaccinated.  While one can drop into any of the periods without prior notice, if you wish to attend the whole day, or through any of the meals you must  contact us in advance. This will also be the first event since the summer for which we will be open for residential stays for those fully vaccinated. If you’d like to make it a weekend event from Friday through Sunday or an overnight please contact us to make arrangements.  

We will continue to broadcast these retreats via Zoom for those unable to join us.  We will begin the online broadcast during regular Friday evening zazen and conclude after Sunday’s Zazenkai allowing for one to be able to extend ones practice beyond the full day.

Essential Information for those Joining Online
• Download the full schedule: Daylong 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.

Broadcast Schedule

Friday, April 15th
6:30pm to 8:20pm: Zazen

Saturday, April 16th
5am to 7am: Choka; Zazen
10:30am to Noon: Zazen
2pm to 4:00pm: Dharma Talk; Zazen
6:00pm to 8:45pm: Zazen 

Sunday, April 17th
5am to 6:30am: Choka; Zazen
8:00am to 9:30am:: Zazenkai

Zoom Link: [Event has passed]

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