October Virtual KoSesshin

Our October Virtual KoSesshin for 2020 begins October 16th at 5am and runs through Sunday October 18th. Friday and Saturday will utilize our standard virtual KoSesshin schedule (see below) and Sunday will incorporate Zazenkai and conclude at noon with an open Q&A.

For the Dharma Talks we will be reading from Torei Enji’s Discourse on the Inexhaustible Lamp of the Zen School translated by Yoko Okuda from Tuttle Publishing. Download a PDF of it here (note: links to a 43MB pdf). This has been the reading material for our Autumn Kessei and you can find notes and recordings of the previous discussions here: Discourse on the Inexhaustible Lamp.

Before taking part in a Virtual Event at Tahoma please read these posts:
Guidelines for Virtual Events and Orientation to Virtual Sesshin.

You can download the sutra book that we will be using here: Virtual Sutra Book

The opening day of the sesshin is Friday October 16th at 5am. We request that everyone join all of our events a few minutes early so that you have time to start up the connection and settle in before things begin.

 Zoom Meeting: [event has passed]

Schedule

Friday, Oct. 16th – Saturday, Oct. 17th

5:00amChoka (sutras p.3-13); sampai
5:40amZazen (short period); Kinhin
6:00amZazenZazen;
7:00amBreakfast / Samu / Break
10:00amUninterrupted Zazen; Kinhin
11:00amZazenZazen
12:00pmLunch / Break
2:00pmDharma Talk; Kinhin
3:00pmZazen; Zazen
4:00pmPhysical/Outside Practice / Dinner / Break
6:00pmUninterrupted ZazenKinhin;
7:00pmZazen; ZazenKinhin
8:00pmZazen; Zazen
8:45pmKaichin
All times Pacific Time. Please tune in five minutes before scheduled events
Events in Bold will be streamed, events in Italics are self-directed.

Sunday, Oct. 18th

5:00amChoka (abbreviated sutras); sampai
5:25Zazen (short period); Kinhin
5:45amZazen
6:30amBreakfast / Break
8:00amZazenkai (sutras p.3, 10, 13)
10:00amZazenZazen[short break]
11:00amQ&A/Discussion
All times Pacific Time. Please tune in five minutes before scheduled events
Events in Bold will be streamed, events in Italics are self-directed.

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.

Autumnal Equinox Sesshin Essential Information

The Autumnal Equinox Virtual Sesshin for 2020 begins September 21st at 6pm. In this post you can find all of the vital information that you will need to take part in the sesshin.

Sesshin Zoom Link: [event has passed]

You can download full monastery schedule here:
Autumn Equinox Sesshin Schedule.

You can download the sutra book that we will be using here:
Virtual Sutra Book

In the Dharma Talks we will be reading from Torei Enji’s Discourse on the Inexhaustible Lamp of the Zen School translated by Yoko Okuda from Tuttle Publishing. Download a PDF of it here (note: links to a 43MB pdf). We will begin with the Preface by Torei Enji and Daibi Zenji on p. 11. Do read the two forwards beforehand.

Before taking part in a Virtual Event at Tahoma please read these posts:
Guidelines for Virtual Events and Orientation to Virtual Sesshin.

The opening day of the sesshin is Monday September 21st at 6pm. We request that everyone join all of our events a few minutes early so that you have time to start up the connection and settle in before things begin. The schedule for the opening day is:

Monday, Sept. 21st

6:00pmOpening Sutra (p.15) ;  Introductory Talk; Zazen; Kinhin;
7:00pm ZazenZazenKinhin; ZazenZazen
8:45pmClosing sutra (p. 16); Sampai
All times Pacific Time. Please tune in five minutes before scheduled events

The Schedule from Tuesday through Saturday will be our standard virtual sesshin schedule. Locals can drop-in for the late morning and evening Zazen periods (masks required).

Tuesday, Sept. 22nd – Saturday, Sept. 26th

5:00amChoka (sutras p.3-13); sampai
5:40amZazen (short period); Kinhin; ZazenZazen;
7:00amBreakfast / Samu / Break
10:00amUninterrupted Zazen; KinhinZazenZazen; Kinhin
12:00pmLunch / break
2:00pmSutras (p.14); Dharma Talk; Kinhin; Zazen; Zazen
4:00pmPhysical Practice / Dinner / Break
6:00pmUninterrupted ZazenKinhin;
7:00pmZazen; ZazenKinhin; Zazen; Zazen
8:45pmClosing Sutra (p.16)Sampai
All times Pacific Time. Please tune in five minutes before scheduled events
Events in Bold will be streamed, events in Italics are self-directed.

The final day, Sunday will be quite different. Morning Sutras will be abbreviated and we will end zazen a little early. There will be no samu period, but our regularly community Zazenkai. Sesshin attendees should tune in to Zazenkai as this will incorporate the final Dharma Talk on the Inexhustible Lamp. After Zazenkai there will be a break and then our concluding activities. After sesshin has ended there will be an hour for Q&A on any topics but especially on the study material. Note: no in-person attendance at any of these events.

Sunday, Sept. 27th

5:00amChoka (abbreviated sutras); sampai; Zazen (short period); Kinhin
6:00amZazen (One 45′ period)kinhin
6:30amBreakfast / Break
8:00amZazenkai (sutras p.3, 10, 13)
10:00amZazenZazenClosing Sutra (p.5)
11:00amQ&A/Discussion
All times Pacific Time. Please tune in five minutes before scheduled events
Events in Bold will be streamed, events in Italics are self-directed.

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.

May Virtual Sesshin Essential Information

May 12th-16th: Virtual Sesshin
Tahoma Zen Monastery

Now in Progress. See the Schedule below and use the Zoom Link to Join.
Read the Orientation Post on how to best take advantage of this opportunity.

Zoom Meeting Link: [Event has concluded]

Sesshin Schedule

5:00amChoka (Sutras); sampai
5:40amZazen [short period]Kinhin
6:05amZazenZazen
7:00amBreakfast / samu / break
11:00amUninterrupted Outside Zazen  [weather permitting]
12:00pmLunch / break
2:00pmDharma Talk; Zazen; Kinhin
3:00pmZazen; Zazen
4:00pmOutside Practice
5:00pmDinner / Break
6:00pmUninterrupted ZazenKinhin
7:00pmZazen; ZazenKinhin
8:00pmZazen; Zazen;
8:50pmClosing Sutra [Tahoma Sutra Book, p. 17]
9:00pmKaichin / Yaza
All times Pacific Standard Time.
Events in Bold will be streamed, events in Italics are self-directed.
Download the full schedule here: May Sesshin Schedule.

Download the sutra book here: Tahoma Sutra book
Dai Segaki can be found here:  Chant booklet

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.

Notes and sources for the Dharma talks will be posted here, after the end of session.

May Virtual Sesshin: Orientation


May 12th-16th: Virtual Sesshin
Tahoma Zen Monastery

We are holding a five day sesshin at Tahoma Zen Monastery with four blocks broadcast online throughout the day. All are welcome to tune in the broadcasts (links below) as they are able. While we hope that some are able to adopt the Sesshin Spirit and participate as if they were here in person, we encourage everyone to use this time as best serves them. Anyone can join in for any of the periods on any of the days as they are able.

How to best take advantage of the Virtual Sesshin
Think of the sesshin just as you would one that you are attending in person. Leave behind non-essential activities. Maintain sesshin spirit throughout the day and avoid media, non-functional conversation, casual entertainments and other distractions. During the samu period engage mindfully, as you would at the monastery, in cleaning your residence, working in the garden, perhaps even into the community. Sesshin always comes down to ones aspiration, commitment and dedication. Fully throw yourself into the practice, vow to awaken during this sesshin, turn off your notifications and just sit.

Sesshin Approach
This sesshin’s theme is Empty Awareness and is oriented around solitary practice. In this time of quarantine, stay at home orders and lockdown we are not able to practice in person with the sangha and interact with the teacher. In Zen working with the teacher is essential, at the very least, as a check on where we are at. Other practices such as koan study depend completely on engagement with the teacher. But there are myriad practices that are very fruitful on ones own and can be consistently used in conjunction with working with a teacher. This has been the orientation of all of our recent instruction and we will continue and deepen our exploration of this approach in this sesshin.

Outside Practice
One of the essential approaches we will work with is Being Outside. In classical Ch’an there was little distinction made between landscape and practice and there were myriad practices to move beyond that sense of separateness we feel from the natural word. Some of these practices will be explored and there are times on the schedule for working with these practices. If you are able to walk around outside, in your neighborhood, or in a nearby woods, beach or field, we encourage you to take advantage of that and engage in these practices. During the outside seating, we encourage you to take your phone or other device and sit on a deck, porch or just in front of a window.

Adapt to these as you are able: use your windows, porches, decks, backyards as you have them. Put on a mask and walk around your neighborhood. Maintain Physical Distancing. Your safety is the upmost importance so do everything as it makes sense. We would encourage a physical practice that can be done inside, if there are no outside options available: Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Yoga, Stretching, etc.

Choka (Sutras)
We will chant a shortened version of the Tahoma Sutras. These are done in the order printed in the Tahoma Sutra book beginning with the Maha Prajna Parmita Sutra (Heart Sutra) through to the Four Great Vows, skipping the Enmei Jukko Kannon Gyo. After the Four Great Vows we will chant Dai Segaki for the victims of the virus pandemic. This can be found in our supplemental chant book. After this will be sampai (three prostrations), before we begin zazen.

Kinhin
Kinhin, (walking meditation), periods will be held every fifty minutes, except when a block ends. This practice is one of both mindfulness as well as its own empty awareness practice. Do this as you are able, walking around the room, or through your house, or outside even. Keep the volume up on your computer or device to be able to hear clappers and announcements. This is of course the time for bathroom breaks. As with all of these practices you will get out of this what you put into it.

Technical Considerations
We are using Zoom Meeting software for this Virtual Sesshin which is available for all devices and platforms. Zoom is meant for virtual meetings and we are pushing its limitations for these events. It manipulates audio when it gets too loud and tries to eliminate background sound. Look into your audio settings and turn on ‘Original Sound’ and turn off noise-cancelling options. Be sure to keep your microphone off at all times. You do not need to display your own video and it will help with bandwidth to keep it off. If you set a profile picture that image will be sent instead of video and is a nice, low bandwidth option.

The most important thing is to simply accept that there will be technical difficulties. Sometimes the sound will drop out or the app will crash. We must just roll with it and put our training to use in not being pushed around by it. We will do our utmost to keep things flowing and reset things as there are issues. But when in doubt, just keep sitting and mind the schedule. We can’t help with technical issues during broadcasts but do email with any questions.

Sesshin Schedule

5:00amChoka (Sutras); sampai
5:40amZazen [short period]Kinhin
6:05amZazenZazen
7:00amBreakfast / samu / break
11:00amOutside Zazen  [on zendo deck, weather permitting]
12pmLunch / break
2:00pmDharma Talk; Zazen; Kinhin
3:00pmZazen; Zazen
4:00pmOutside Practice
5:00pmDinner / Break
6:00pmUninterrupted ZazenKinhin
7:00pmZazen; ZazenKinhin
8:00pmZazen; Zazen;
8:50pmClosing Sutra
9:00pmKaichin / Yaza
All times Pacific Standard Time.
Events in Bold will be streamed, events in Italics are self-directed.
Download the full schedule here: May Sesshin Schedule.

Zoom Meeting Link:[Event has concluded]

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

Download the sutra book here: Tahoma Sutra book
Dai Segaki can be found here:  Chant booklet

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.

Notes and sources for the Dharma talks will be posted here, after the end of session.

Virtual Sesshin May 12th-16th

Virtual Sesshin May 12th-16th
Sesshin provides a container for sustained practice, a container that most of us need in order to reach that level of intensity. At sesshin we are able to go deep into our zazen knowing that we simple need to sit, stand, walk, eat and do tasks as directed.  In this time where gathering together for sesshin is impossible, it is still of immense value to have a period of increased intensity.  Thus we here at Tahoma will offer a Virtual Sesshin.  

This event will stream throughout the day following the usual activities one would expect in a sesshin. In between these periods in the zendo, those of us at the monastery will follow a regular sesshin schedule while those of you at home will have to take on those activities yourself.  This allows for the container of sesshin, the motivation of knowing there are structured times for zazen, while still being able to hold ones individual practice. There is still a self-directed aspect of course and one is free to do as little or as much of the activities as one can or desires to do.

We will post further details along with a finalized schedule in the days before the session but it will basically follow our Day of Practice Schedule:

5:00am-6:00amChoka (Sutras); ZazenKinhin
6:00am to 6:55amZazen; Zazen
7:00am to 11:00amBreakfast / samu / break
11:00am-11:50amUninterrupted Zazen
12pm-1:30pmLunch / break
2:00pm-2:50pmDharma Talk; Zazen; Kinhin
3:00-3:50Zazen; Zazen
4:00pm-5:30pmOutside Practice / dinner / Break
6:00pm-6:50pmUninterrupted ZazenKinhin
7:00pm-8:00pmZazen; ZazenKinhin
8:00pm-9:00pmZazen; Zazen; Closing Sutra
Events in Bold will be streamed, events in Italics are self-directed.

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

To receive the link for the Virtual even please join this mailing list:
Tahoma Virtual Events mailing list.

Download sutra book here: Tahoma Sutra book
Dai Segaki can be found here:  Chant booklet

May Practice Period Canceled

Dear One Drop Sangha and Friends, 

After further deliberation and consultation Harada Roshi has determined that it is no longer feasible to conduct our May practice period as planned.  The May 2020 practice period at Tahoma Zen Monastery is cancelled.   We look forward to training together again in September.  

Rozan Lenny Gerson
Registrar, Tahoma Zen Monastery

May Training Period at Tahoma Zen Monastery

As of the date of this mailing we are moving forward with our plans for the May 2020 Samu Practice Period at Tahoma Zen Monastery. Due to the fluid nature of COVID-19, our plans may change. We are closely monitoring the situation. If you plan to fly to Tahoma we encourage you to investigate trip insurance in the event of cancellation. Applicants will be notified of any changes.

The May 2020 training period at Tahoma Zen Monastery begins on Tuesday, the 5th, and concludes Friday, the 22nd. The application deadline is April 3rd.

FULL TIME RESIDENTIAL TRAINING is available May 5th – 22nd, 2020

SAMU OSESSHIN – Tuesday, May 5th – Tuesday, May 12th, 2020
Kokuho is Tuesday evening, May 5th. OSesshin, led by Harada Roshi, concludes the evening of Tuesday, May 12th. The fee is $400. Full time participation is required.
The application is here: Registration Form.

SAMU KOSESSHIN – Wednesday, May 13th – Saturday, May 15th, 2020
Kokuho is Wednesday evening, May 13th. Two day KoSesshin led by Harada Roshi, concludes the evening of Saturday May 15th. The fee is $120.
The application is here: Registration Form.

KOSESSHIN – Sunday, May 17th – Friday, May 22nd, 2020
Kokuho is Sunday evening, May 17th. Five full days of sitting led by Daichi Zenni. Part time participation is permitted. If not attending full time please provide your arrival and departure dates and approximate times. Please keep us updated of any changes. The fee for this KoSesshin is $300 or $60/day.
The application is here: Registration Form.

Daichi Zenni will lead an event at Water Moon Dojo in Seattle on Sunday, May 24th.

The application deadline for the OSesshin and both KoSesshin is Friday, April 3rd.

Acceptance emails will be sent soon after the deadline date. Please send your sesshin fee once you have been notified of your acceptance. The maximum cost for the entire month is $600. The cost of Osesshin is $400. The cost of kosesshin is $60/day.

Schedules, guidelines for conduct, and directions to the monastery can be found here,: Tahoma Zen Monastery Sesshin Information.

Temple housing is limited so we appreciate your flexibility. Any help with set up before or clean up following sesshin is greatly appreciated. There may be a wait-list for any “segment” of this month of practice. People on the wait-list will be contacted immediately as spaces become available.

Please consider that Tahoma is a communal space with no facilities for effective isolation of members who become ill. If you have a compromised immune system and are prone to infections you may be placing yourself at risk by attending. Should people become ill during the training period it may be necessary to transfer them to a local hospital.

Public Teisho During February OSesshin

Each day during the February OSesshin (February 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.

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

Rohatsu at Tahoma Schedule

The post outlines what we will be engaging in at Tahoma Zen Monastery for the week of January 12th through the 19th. We encourage anyone interested in taking part in any of this to contact us (see the contact page). Part time attendance is perfectly acceptable and drop-in opportunities are available in the mornings, evenings and during the dharma talks. More details below.

General Overview

Rohatsu is an eight day sesshin that is thought of as one continuous day. This is in commemoration of the Buddha’s vow to sit under the Bodhi tree until awakening. In honoring this event we will engage in activities for a full eight days from Sunday the 12th through Sunday the 19th. We will sound the Han in the morning of the 12th and not sound it again until the Bodhi Ceremony on the 19th. From the 12th to the 15th we will follow our normal monastery schedule (which can be found here) but will have readings from Hakuin Ekaku Zenji’s Rohatsu Exhortations.  

At 5pm on January 15th, we will offer an option orientation for the kosesshin. There will be information useful for all attendees but would be of particular value for first timers and those who will be staying at the monastery. There will be a light meal available at this time as well.  

We will begin the kosesshin, on the 16th at 4:50am and this will continue throughout the day until around 9pm. There will be a complete schedule posted around campus and individual copies will be handed out at orientation and then made available in the kitchen. On Saturday the 18th the evening will continue until 11pm or so. Sunday the 19th we will start at 3:50am with the Bodhi Day ceremony. There will then be an informal breakfast in the kitchen and a period of cleanup. This will conclude the Rohatsu Observance but we will as alway have zazenkai at 8pm followed by an informal tea. I would encourage everyone who can to stay for this.

Rohatsu Observance Week Schedule

January 12th
4:50am – Regular morning Choka and Zazen with reading from the Rohatsu Exhortations
January 13th
6:20pm – Regular Evening Zazen with reading from the Rohatsu Exhortations
January 14th
4:50am- Regular morning Choka and Zazen
6:20pm- Regular Evening Zazen with reading from the Rohatsu Exhortations
January 15th  
4:50am – Regular morning Choka and Zazen
6:20pm – Regular Evening Zazen with reading from the Rohatsu Exhortations

Rohatsu Observance Kosesshin
January 16th  
Rohatsu Observance day 1 – 4:50am to 9:00pm
January 17th
Rohatsu Observance day 2 – 4:50am to 9:30pm
January 18th
 Rohatsu Observance day 3 – 4:50am to 11:00pm
January 19th  
Rohatsu Observance day 4 -3:50am Bodhi Ceremony Breakfast and cleanup

During the kosesshin drop-in opportunities for zazen are available from:
4:50am to 7am – morning sutras and zazen with kinhin at the hour
1:50pm to 4pm – dharma talk and zazen with kinhin at the hour
5:20 to 8:30 – three periods of zazen with kinhin at the half hour

Dharma Talk Study Material

There will be a Dharma Talk every day during the kosesshin during the 2pm to 4pm block. This is open for people to drop in if they wish. If you would like to do so, you should be seating in the zendo by 1:50. You can then leave during the 2pm Kinhin or remain for the next period of zazen until 4pm

During this retreat we are going to work with Chan Master Sheng Yen’s Shattering the Great Doubt. We are going to be working through the Ch’an approach to zazen and several other practices leading up to the Huatoa (Jp: wato) practice that is the core of this book. There will be daily talks oriented around these practices as well as an overview of the Ch’an approach with historical material describing and advocating for these practices. There will also be times where new techniques are introduced and Q&A periods for deeper investigation into our personal practice.  

Each evening we will read from Hakuin Zenji’s Rohatsu Exhortations. We will be using the Eido Shimano translation published by the Zen Studies Society. This can be purchased here:  ZSS Books.

It is not necessary to have a copy of either of these books for the retreat. If however you would like to have a copy for personal study this is encouraged. During sesshin one typically only engages in reading material related to their practices (koans for instance) or teisho.  These texts will be considered appropriate to read during this sesshin during the breaks or before the Dharma Talks.

Kosesshin Schedule

4:50amSeated in Zendo; Gosei
5:00amChoka (Sutras)
5:40amZazen; Kinhin
6:05amZazen; Zazen
6:55amBreakfast
Breakfast Cleanup
Nitten Soji (temple cleaning)
8:30amSamu (Clappers; meet at deck)
10:00amSamu ends (Clappers)
10:20am Seated in Zendo; Gosei
10:30amZazen; Zazen; Kinhin; Zazen;
11:55amLunch
Kitchen Cleanup
1:50pmSeated in Zendo; Gosei
2:00pmDharma Talk; Zazen; Kinhin; Zazen; Zazen
4:00pmSupper (optional, informal)
5:20pmSeated in Zendo; Gosei
5:30pmUninterrupted Zazen; Kinhin;
6:30pmZazen; Zazen; Kinhin;
7:30pm Zazen; Zazen;
8:30pmKaichin in kitchen
Yaza (unstructured zazen)

On day 2, there will be another round of kinhin and zazen until around 9:30.
On day 3 there will be two more rounds of kinhin and zazen until around 11.
Day 4 begins at 3:50 seated on the cushion for choka.
Detailed schedule will be posted around the monastery.