Tahoma Summer Schedule

TAHOMA MONASTERY DAILY SCHEDULE SUMMER 2024


Tuesday Through Saturday Morning

Choka (sutra chanting): 5:20 a.m. – 5:55 a.m.
Morning zazen (meditation): 6a.m.- 6:50a.m.
(please contact us if planning to attend in the morning)

Tuesday through Saturday Evening
Evening Zazen: 6:30 p.m. – 6:20 p.m.
Evening Zazen: 7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sundays
Zazenkai (community practice): 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.. 
Followed by informal tea to around 10a.m.

Always check our calendar before coming, if there isn’t an entry for a given day then there is no event that day.

Morning Practice with Seattle One Drop Water Moon

Morning Practice with Watermoon Dojo
Please note that this is an online only event. There is no public in person practice at Tahoma Zen Monastery during this event.

Tuesday June 11th, 2024, 6:30am to 8:30am Pacific Time
Join us for a morning of practice with Seattle’s One Drop Water Moon sitting group. 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.

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 June 9th, 2024

Every Sunday from 8am to around 9:30am we hold community practice, 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. For those unable to attend in person it is also available online via Zoom:

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87807336971?pwd=AEI2n72tgUngsSxUazi5haWIAPc1F8.1

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

Chanting
Please download our full chant book for our opening chants: Virtual Sutra Book
We typically chant the Heart Sutra, page 1, Hakuin Zenji’s Song of Zazen, page 11 and The Four Bodhisattva Vows., page 16.

Reading
Throughout 2024 we will be reading from a collection of essay’s written by Mumon Roshi on Hakuin’s zenji’s Song of Zazen. A popular text in Japan since its publication the great Hakuin translator Norman Waddell translated it and it was published in Japan a year ago. In February of 2024 Shambhala released the book worldwide: Hakuin’s Song of Zazen (Amazon).

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.

Summer Solstice Intensive

Summer Solstice Zazen Intensive June 22nd, 2024


In commemoration of the summer solstice please join us for a full day of Zazen. The day will run from 10am to 8:45pm in three blocks. One can come for as much or as little as one wishes. The schedule is such that people can easily travel here for the event and thus there is no residency option. There will not be meals served, but one is of course free to bring food or have meals off campus.

All periods are open for drop in attendance. Each hour will include zazen followed by kinhin, with the zazen periods following the schedule below. One can stay for as many periods as one is able. Please arrive/depart during the kinhin (walking meditation) periods which begin 10 minutes prior to the next period.

We will continue to broadcast the sitting periods via Zoom for those unable to attend in person. The Zoom link will be posted in the days before the event. For those attending online please read this posts:  Guidelines for Virtual Events .

Zoom Link: [will be posted prior to the event]

Zazen Intensive Schedule

9:50amSeated in Zendo; Gosei
10:00amZazen; Zazen; Kinhin
11:00amZazen; Zazen
12pmMidday Break
1:50pmSeated in Zendo; Gosei
2:00pmZazen; Zazen; Kinhin
3:00pmZazen; Zazen
4:00pmEvening Break
5:50pmSeated in Zendo; Gosei
6pmUninterrupted Zazen
7pmZazen; Zazen; Kinhin
8pmZazen; Zazen
All times Pacific Time. Please arrive/tune in ten minutes before scheduled events.
Events in Bold will be streamed

To receive events notifications and the zoom links for Virtual Events by email: Tahoma Events mailing list.

Please email us with any questions: Contact Information


Public Teisho During May OSesshin

Event Has Passed

Every day during the OSesshin (May 16th – 22nd), there will be Teisho (dharma talk) from Shodo Harada Roshi. Talks are in Japanese with translations by Daichi Zenni. The talks begin at 1pm and it is requested that attendees arrive 10-15 minutes early to allow time to walk to the zendo and get settled. There will be staff to assist with parking and making your way to zendo. There will be chairs and cushions available for seating and staff on hand to facilitate finding your seat.

Roshi will be speaking on koans from the Blue Cliff Record, please do come for this unique opportunity to hear a living Zen Master speak on the words of our Zen ancestors. 

Directions to the Monastery can be found here:
Visiting Tahoma Zen Monastery

PLEASE NOTE
The monastery will otherwise be closed to public during the sesshin.
Please see our calendar for the resumption of our regular schedule.

May 2024 OSesshin

The May 2024 OSesshin with Harada Roshi at Tahoma Zen Monastery begins with kokuho on the evening of Wednesday, May 15th and concludes the evening of Wednesday, May 22nd. 

OSesshin: Wednesday, May 15th – Wednesday, May 22nd, 2024

  • Kokuho is Wednesday evening, May 15th.
  • Full-time participation is required. OSesshin concludes the evening of Wednesday, May 22nd.
  • The link to the OSesshin application is near the bottom of this email. 
  • The fee is $480. $450 is for the OSesshin, and $30 is for covid testing supplies and masks. Information about our covid protocol is below.
  • Donations to support financial aid are welcomed. Information about financial aid is provided on the application.

The application deadline for OSesshin is Sunday, April 14th. You will receive an email regarding your acceptance or wait list status soon after the deadline date of April 14th. Please send your sesshin fee once you have been notified of your acceptance. Payment information will be included in the acceptance email.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THIS OSESSHIN  

  • After a covid outbreak during our February Osesshin, we updated our safety protocol, which will include vaccination with the latest booster, a self-testing protocol, and masking. Please note that your application for Osesshin will be considered only if you have gotten or commit to getting the most recent booster (released in the Fall 2023) and provide documentation. In addition, you must self-test before leaving for sesshin and mask consistently during public transportation.

Please note that if you require a Covid-19 booster you must get it two or more weeks prior to traveling for sesshin.

  • 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
  • We hope that we will be able to conduct our May 2024 OSesshin but recognize that our plans, as well as the dates, may need to change suddenly and without notice. If you are purchasing airline tickets please be prepared to cancel your reservations.
  • There may be a wait list for this OSesshin. Those on the wait list will be contacted immediately as spaces become available.

Apply here: [Event has passed]
 

Thank you,
Rozan Lenny Gerson
Osesshin registrar
Tahoma Zen Monastery
tahomaapplication@gmail.com

April 27th Zazen Intensive

Please join us for a full day of Zazen. The day will run from 10am to 8:45pm in three blocks. One can come for as much or as little as one wishes. The schedule is such that people can easily travel here for the event and thus there is no residency option. There will not be meals served, but one is of course free to bring food or have meals off campus.

All periods are open for drop in attendance. Each hour will include zazen followed by kinhin, with the zazen periods following the schedule below. One can stay for as many periods as one is able. Please arrive/depart during the kinhin (walking meditation) periods which begin 10 minutes prior to the next period.

We will continue to broadcast the sitting periods via Zoom for those unable to attend in person. The Zoom link will be posted in the days before the event. For those attending online please read this posts:  Guidelines for Virtual Events .

Zoom Link: [event has passed]

Zazen Intensive Schedule

9:50amSeated in Zendo; Gosei
10:00amZazen; Zazen; Kinhin
11:00amZazen; Zazen
12pmMidday Break
1:50pmSeated in Zendo; Gosei
2:00pmZazen; Zazen; Kinhin
3:00pmZazen; Zazen; Kinhin
4:00pmZazen
4:30pmEvening Break
5:50pmSeated in Zendo; Gosei
6pmUninterrupted Zazen
7pmZazen; Zazen; Kinhin
8pmZazen; Zazen
All times Pacific Time. Please arrive/tune in ten minutes before scheduled events.
Events in Bold will be streamed

To receive events notifications and the zoom links for Virtual Events by email: Tahoma Events mailing list.

Please email us with any questions: Contact Information


March 2024 Day of Practice

March 16th, 2024, 4:50am to ~8:45pm (PST)

Update 03.15.24
• Please note that due to circumstances we are changing this retreat to a day of zazen with an extended period of samu in the morning. Please see the schedule below.

Please join us during the Spring Training period for a day of practice.  This is opportunity to keep the practice fires burning between retreats, or to begin to add more intensive investigation to your current practice. This retreat offers practice throughout the day and  is open for drop-in or online attendance .  We will begin the online broadcast Saturday morning and run throughout the day following the below schedule. As always Sunday’s Zazenkai will be broadcast if one wishes to extend their practice.

Essential Information for those joining online
• Please tune in 5-10 minutes before the scheduled start time so you can be settled.
• 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 Events mailing list.

Broadcast Schedule

Saturday, March 16th
5am to 7am: Choka; Zazen
2pm to 4pm: Zazen
6pm to 8:45pm: Zazen 

Zoom Link: [Event has passed]

Continue reading “March 2024 Day of Practice”

Public Teisho During September OSesshin

Every day during the OSesshin (February 20th – 26th), there will be Teisho (dharma talk) from Shodo Harada Roshi. Talks are in Japanese with translations by Daichi Zenni. The talks begin at 1pm and it is requested that attendees arrive 10-15 minutes early to allow time to walk to the zendo and get settled. There will be staff to assist with parking and making your way to zendo. There will be chairs and cushions available for seating and staff on hand to facilitate finding your seat.

Roshi will be speaking on koans from the Blue Cliff Record, please do come for this unique opportunity to hear a living Zen Master speak on the words of our Zen ancestors. 

Directions to the Monastery can be found here:
Visiting Tahoma Zen Monastery

PLEASE NOTE
The monastery will otherwise be closed to public during the sesshin.
Please see our calendar for the resumption of our regular schedule.

Community Samu February 17th

February 17th Community Samu Day
We encourage everyone in the general vicinity of the monastery to come join us in samu (work practice) toward the maintenance and upkeep of our monastery. Samu is a an opportunity to take part in practice in the midst of regular activities, engaging the One Mind in the actions we are engaged with. There are indoor tasks and outside tasks that need doing as we ready the monastery for the February OSesshin.

Please join us Saturday, February 17th for a morning of work practice. We meet at the kitchen deck (coffee and tea provided) at a bit before 8:30am. We will work until noon and then share in a simple meal at 12:30pm.

Community Samu, February 17th, 2024
8:15-8:30am – Meet on the Kitchen deck
8:30am – Inside and outside cleaning
12 noon – Cleanup
12:30pm – Vegetarian lunch

Directions to the monastery: Getting to Tahoma

Please contact us if you have any questions. As always we are deeply appreciative for the support of the sangha; we couldn’t exist without your continuing support.