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.
Please come and join us at Tahoma Zen Monastery for our annual New Years Celebration. We will sit zazen from 8:30pm until approximately 11:15pm followed by a chant ceremony and the traditional 108 strikes on the temple Kansho Bell at midnight..
Feel free to join the zazen at any point, coming in during kinhin (walking meditation) or a stretch break. During the evening one can always “sit out” a period of zazen, leaving during a stretch break or kinhin and taking a break, having a snack, or what-have-you, returning during another kinhin or stretch break.
Please note that full vaccination including with the latest boosters continues to be required for all in-person events. Newcomers to our eventsshould email us with a photo of their vaccination card.
The February 2023 Osesshin at Tahoma Zen Monastery begins with kokuho on the evening of February 5th and concludes the evening of February 12th. Please note that we will consider only applicants who are fully vaccinated, including with the latest bivalent booster.
Osesshin: Sunday, February 5th – Sunday, September 12th, 2022 Kokuho is Sunday evening, February 5th. Osesshin, led by Harada Roshi, concludes the evening of Sunday, February 12th. Full time participation is required. The cost of Osesshin is $400.
The application deadline for Osesshin is Monday, January 2nd. You will receive an email regarding your acceptance or waitlist status soon after the deadline date of January 2nd. Please send your sesshin fee once you have been notified of your acceptance. Payment information will be included in the acceptance email.
The autumn training period culminates with the Rohtasu sesshin commemorating the Buddha’s awakening. This is always the most intense retreat of the year in which one brings the years worth of training to bear. This year Rohatsu at Tahoma will run from December 4th through the 11th. As has been the case with all Rohatsu’s at Tahoma the days get longer and more intense as we go through the week. For this year, the first three days of this retreat will be drop in only with periods in the morning and evening. The remaining days will be our regular full time Rohatsu schedule with drop in and residency options. All in-person attendance requires you to be fully vaccinated with the booster. The entire retreat will be broadcast via zoom. The Zoom link will be posted on the website in the days prior and sent out in the Tahoma Events weekly mailing
Each evening of the retreat in the first period after golden hour we will read from Hakuin Zenji’s Rohatsu Exhortations (available here). During the full days of retreat the dharma talks will be from Torei Zenji’s Discourse on the Inexhaustible Lamp of the Zen School continuing with the chapter on Faith and Practice. Previous talks on this text can be found here. Day 6 and 7 will feature 10am instructional talks continuing the Autumn Training period theme of Calming and Contemplation. The previous talks can be found here.
November 9thUpdate:Power has now been restored at Tahoma and all activities are proceeding as normal.
The evening of the 4th there was a massive wind and rain storm that brought down many, many trees on the island. The power has been out since the early morning and the current estimate for its restoration isNovember 7th. That it should be noted is two days from the time of this post. The lack of power will affect some of the events here this week.
In general we will continue to follow the schedule here. There is no heat in the zendo and it is now expected to turn very cold. In the main I would encourage people to wait until the power is restored before attending any events. We will update here on the blog as well as on the Events Mailing List once power is firmly restored.
Zazenkai: There will be no Zazenkai online or in person on November 6th.
Morning Practice with Seattle One Drop Water Moon: We are going to postpone this to the following Tuesday: November 15th.
As we deepen our commitment to practice during the Autumn training period you are encouraged to join the monastery for a day of intensive practice. We will be exploring during this training period our Great Vow to liberate all beings and how this fuels our practice. We will be continuing our study of Torei Enji’s Discourse on the Inexhaustible Lamp of the Zen School working through the chapter on Faith and Practice. Previous talks on this text can be found here.
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 November 10th. You are encouraged to join us for the full 36 hours of practice by joining us from Friday through Sunday. If you would like to engage in this weekend of practice or stay for an overnight please contact us to make arrangements. Please note that any overnight stays need to be arranged by Thursday November 10th. If there is limited in-person signups this retreat will be shift to drop-in and online attendance only.
We continue to broadcast these retreats via Zoom for those unable to join us in person. 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.