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TAHOMA MONASTERY DAILY SCHEDULE SUMMER 2023
Tuesday Through Saturday
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 Zazen: 6:30 p.m. – 6:20 p.m.
Evening Zazen: 7:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
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.
Each day during the May OSesshin (May 6th – 12th) there will be a daily 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. We require that all visitors be fully vaccinated and masked to attend this event.
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 join us for a full day of Zazen. The day will run from 9:30am 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]Continue reading “April 15th Zazen Intensive”
Dear One Drop Sangha and Friends,
The May 2023 Osesshin at Tahoma Zen Monastery begins with kokuho on the evening of May 5th and concludes the evening of May 12th. Please note that we will consider only applicants who are fully vaccinated, including with the latest bivalent booster. The latest booster is the one that became available in September 2022.
Osesshin: Friday, May 5th – Friday, May 12th, 2023
- Kokuho is Friday evening, May 5th.
- Osesshin, led by Harada Roshi, concludes the evening of Friday, May 12th.
- Full time participation is required.
- The cost of Osesshin is $415.
The application deadline for Osesshin is Friday, March 31st. You will receive an email regarding your acceptance or waitlist status soon after the deadline date of March 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: [signups are closed. Please contact the registrar for late consideration]
As we move into spring we are going reformulate our monthly intensive. Instead of being modeled on a retreat day we will simply offer a full day of Zazen. This will run from 9am to ~9pm in three, three hour 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. 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 EventsContinue reading “March 18th Zazen Intensive”
Event has passed. Thanks to everyone who came out!
February 11th Samu Day
We encourage everyone to come join us in samu (work practice) toward the maintenance and upkeep of our monastery. Samu is a an opportunity to engage in practice in the midst of regular activities, engaging the One Mind in the actions we are engaged with. One of the primary activities we engage in during the February months is the pruning of the trees in our orchard and shrubs in the garden. Over the last few years that has been undertaken by the monastery staff and it is a task that we could use help with. Please join us Saturday, February 11th for a morning of work practice. We will have indoor tasks as well that need doing for those not up for outside work. 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.
Samu Day, February 11th, 2023
8:15-8:30am Meeting on the Kitchen deck
8:30am – Inside and outside cleaning
12 noon – Cleanup
12:30pm – Vegetarian meal
Contact information: Contact Us
February 18th, 2023, 4:50am to 9pm (PST)
Please join us for a full day of practice as we begin the Winter Training Period this February 18th. During this retreat we will be continuing our study of Torei Enji’s Discourse on the Inexhaustible Lamp of the Zen School wrapping up the chapter on Faith and Practice and continuing on to the next chapter on The Realm of Delusions. Information and 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. 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.
Essential Information for those joining online
• Please tune in 5-10 minutes before the scheduled start time so you can be settled.
• Download the monastery schedule: Daylong Retreat Schedule
• The sutra book we will be using can be downloaded here: Virtual Sutra book
• Information and talks on the Discourse on the Inexhaustible Lamp can be found here.
• 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.
Saturday, February 18th
5am to 7am: Choka; Zazen
10:30am to Noon: Zazen
2pm to 4:00pm: Dharma Talk; Zazen
6:00pm to 8:45pm: Zazen
Zoom Link: [Event has passed]Continue reading “February 2023 Daylong Retreat”
We wish you all the best in the Year of the Rabbit and that your practice remains strong. We hope to see you here at Tahoma Zen Monastery in 2023!
Please enjoy this gallery of photos from the recent snowstorm at Tahoma:
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 events should email us with a photo of their vaccination card.
December 31st New Years Eve Celebration Schedule
8:30pm-11pm: Zazen; Zazen; Kinhin
11:30pm: New Years Chanting
12:00am: Bell Ringing