Virtual Zazenkai June 21st 2020

Every Sunday from 8am to around 9:30am we hold community zazen, or Zazenkai. In these times we must practice virtually, via our technology. It is a straightforward service with chanting, zazen, a short talk an opportunity at the end for casual conversation. Please join us online when you are able.

Zoom Link: [Event has passed]

Download the Zoom Client for your computer or device. You can click on the Join Meeting Link above and it will walk you through installing the software. Do get yourself setup before the meeting. You can join the meeting early; you will simply wait until the host (Tahoma) starts the meeting. 

For more details on the Virtual Zazenkai please see this post: Virtual Zazenkai

Please note that we have setup a mailing list that will send out the Zoom link every week. This is recommended as for security reasons we may have to only mail out the link.

Click to Join the Tahoma Virtual Events Mailing List

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

Summer Solstice Weekend Intensive

June 19th-21st: Virtual Summer Solstice Weekend
Tahoma Zen Monastery

June 20th is the Summer Solstice and as is our tradition we will sit from sunup to sundown on this day. We will bracket this day of practice with extended sitting Friday evening and Sunday morning, concluding with Zazenkai. All of the sitting periods will be broadcast online and we will follow the schedule of the recent virtual Sesshin.  Drop-in attendance for the zazen and samu periods will be allowed though we will not be able to accommodate any communal activities beyond that. 

Zoom Link:  [event has passed]

Friday evening Schedule

5:30pmUninterrupted ZazenKinhin
6:30pmZazen; ZazenKinhin
7:30pmZazen; Zazen
8:20pmKaichin / Yaza
All times  Pacific Time.
Events in Bold will be streamed, events in Italics are self-directed.
Please tune into events five (5) minutes early

Saturday Schedule 

5:00amChoka (Sutras); sampai ; Han
5:40amZazen [short period]; Kinhin
6:05amZazen; Zazen
7:00amBreakfast / samu / break
11:00amUninterrupted Outside Zazen 
12:00pmLunch / break
2:00pmDharma Talk; Zazen; Kinhin
3:00pmZazen; Zazen
4:00pmOutside Practice / Dinner / Break
6:00pmUninterrupted ZazenKinhin
7:00pmZazen; ZazenKinhin
8:00pmZazen; Zazen
8:50pmKaichin / Yaza
All times  Pacific Time.
Events in Bold will be streamed, events in Italics are self-directed.
Please tune into events five (5) minutes early

Sunday Morning Schedule

5:00amChoka (Sutras); sampai ; Han
5:40amZazen [short period]; Kinhin
6:00amZazen;
6:30amBreakfast / break
8:00amZazenkai
9:15amInformal Q&A
All times  Pacific Time.
Events in Bold will be streamed, events in Italics are self-directed.
Please tune into events five (5) minutes early

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 weekend.

Virtual Zazenkai June 14th, 2020

Every Sunday from 8am to around 9:30am we hold community zazen, or Zazenkai. In these times we must practice virtually, via our technology. It is a straightforward service with chanting, zazen, a short talk an opportunity at the end for casual conversation. Please join us online when you are able.

Zoom Link: [event has passed]

Download the Zoom Client for your computer or device. You can click on the Join Meeting Link above and it will walk you through installing the software. Do get yourself setup before the meeting. You can join the meeting early; you will simply wait until the host (Tahoma) starts the meeting. 

For more details on the Virtual Zazenkai please see this post: Virtual Zazenkai

Please note that we have setup a mailing list that will send out the Zoom link every week. This is recommended as for security reasons we may have to only mail out the link.

Click to Join the Tahoma Virtual Events Mailing List

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

Virtual Practice with Watermoon Dojo

NOTE: The Zoom link has been updated for Tuesday’s event.

The second Monday of most months the head monk from Tahoma Zen Monastery visits Watermoon Dojo in Seattle, for an evening and morning or practice. As we are currently Staying at Home we will observe these events virtually using Zoom. While we of course will miss our time at WMD, this does allow anyone to take part in this virtual visit. If interested in taking part, please read through our Virtual Practice Guidelines before joining the events.

Monday June 8th, 7:00pm to 8:30pm PDT
7:00pm: Chant Service (Heart Sutra, Song of Zazen, Dai Segaki)
7:15pm: Two periods of zazen
7:55pm: Han / Kinhin (or break)
8:00pm: Short talk and Q&A
8:25pm Concluding zazen and chanting of the Four Great Vows

Download a PDF with all the chants here: Chant booklet

Zoom Link: [event has passed]

Tuesday June 9th, 6:30am to 8:30am PDT
6:30am Choka (chant service)
7:00am Zazen
7:20am Han / Kinhin (or break)
7:30am: Dharma talk
8:00am Zazen
8:30am Conclude with a few minutes for chatting

Note
We will follow the Tahoma Choka, omitting the Enmei Jukko Kannon Gyo and after the Four Great Vows we will chant Dai Segaki for the dead and dying and conclude with Sampai.

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

Zoom Link: [event has passed]

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Virtual Zazenkai June 7th, 2020

Every Sunday from 8am to around 9:30am we hold community zazen, or Zazenkai. In these times we must practice virtually, via our technology. It is a straightforward service with chanting, zazen, a short talk an opportunity at the end for casual conversation. Please join us online when you are able.

Zoom Meeting Link: [event has passed]

Download the Zoom Client for your computer or device. You can click on the Join Meeting Link above and it will walk you through installing the software. Do get yourself setup before the meeting. You can join the meeting early; you will simply wait until the host (Tahoma) starts the meeting. 

For more details on the Virtual Zazenkai please see this post: Virtual Zazenkai

Please note that we have setup a mailing list that will send out the Zoom link every week. This is recommended as for security reasons we may have to only mail out the link.

Click to Join the Tahoma Virtual Events Mailing List

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

Virtual Zazenkai, May 31st, 2020

Every Sunday from 8am to around 9:30am we hold community zazen, or Zazenkai. In these times we must practice virtually, via our technology. It is a straightforward service with chanting, zazen, a short talk an opportunity at the end for casual conversation. Please join us online when you are able.

Zoom Meeting Link: [Event has passed]

Download the Zoom Client for your computer or device. You can click on the Join Meeting Link above and it will walk you through installing the software. Do get yourself setup before the meeting. You can join the meeting early; you will simply wait until the host (Tahoma) starts the meeting. 

For more details on the Virtual Zazenkai please see this post: Virtual Zazenkai

Please note that we have setup a mailing list that will send out the Zoom link every week. This is recommended as for security reasons we may have to only mail out the link.

Click to Join the Tahoma Virtual Events Mailing List

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

Tahoma Phase 2 Covid-19 Guidance

Island County is currently in Phase 2 of the Washington State Guidance for reopening. This allows meeting with up to Five (5) individuals outside of your family group, whom have also been effectively physical distancing.  

Thus within the following restrictions we are allowing attendance at our evening public zazen. Morning Chant Service and Sunday Zazenkai remains closed.

Evening Zazen

Monday through Saturday: 6:30pm – 8:30pm. 
Please arrive at least five minutes early if you wish to attend. 

We are not open to the public at this time for our morning chant service, nor Sunday Zazenkai.

Tahoma Phase 2 Guidance

  • DO NOT come if you are in a High Risk Population.
  • DO NOT come if you feeling sick.
  • If you note that there are already Five (5) people in the zendo, or your party will add up to more than Five (5) total in the zendo, please come another time
  • Stay Six (6) feet apart from other practitioners.
  • Do not move cushions, chairs or other items from where they are. You can change or add cushions from the cabinet in the gaitan.
  • If you start to feel sick, depart at a stretch break or during kinhin (walking meditation).
  • Sanitize your hands before opening the zendo door.
  • Thoroughly wash your hands. Take at least the length of time it takes to chant (to yourself!) the Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyo three (3) times.
  • Cover your mouth/nose with your elbow or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. 
  • Do not shake hands or hug. A gassho (bow) is sufficient.

Visiting Tahoma

We have been allowing people to visit and walk the trails and grounds. This continues into Phase 2 with no changes to our general policy. If visiting please follow these general rules.

  • Please stay out of all buildings, except for the zendo during designated public zazen. 
  • Do not congregate into groups. 
  • Maintain physical distancing.
  • Wear a mask.

Virtual Zazenkai, Sunday May 24th

Every Sunday from 8am to around 9:30am we hold community zazen, or Zazenkai. In these times we must practice virtually, via our technology. It is a straightforward service with chanting, zazen, a short talk an opportunity at the end for casual conversation. Please join us online when you are able.

Zoom Meeting Link: [event has passed]

Download the Zoom Client for your computer or device. You can click on the Join Meeting Link above and it will walk you through installing the software. Do get yourself setup before the meeting. You can join the meeting early; you will simply wait until the host (Tahoma) starts the meeting. 

For more details on the Virtual Zazenkai please see this post: Virtual Zazenkai

Please note that we have setup a mailing list that will send out the Zoom link every week. This is recommended as for security reasons we may have to only mail out the link.

Click to Join the Tahoma Virtual Events Mailing List

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

Guidance in the time of Corona 30

Dear All,

Already 3 months we all have been making huge efforts. Our dedication has brought us to this point today that the actual numbers of people becoming infected was not as big as assumed. I would like to thank each person who has made such great effort.

The Buddha went to Takuhatsu and in one house, there was one young man who had just washed his face, then facing the east, he bowed, facing the south, he bowed, he faced the west and bowed, he faced the north and bowed, he faced upwards and bowed, he faced downwards and bowed. The Buddha saw these dedicated bows, and went to the young man: “You are very young, yet very devoted to your bowing. Is that how you bow every day?” – “Yes, I bow daily.” – “Whom do you pray for in the east, who is it in the west, and who in the south and north?” – “There is no meaning in my bowing, I just do as my parents taught me.” – “Since you are doing something of importance, yet since you are doing it without knowing the meaning, that is a pity and is not good enough. Your bowing is very devoted, yet you need to know the purpose, I will teach you now. When you bow to the east, you bow in thankfulness to your parents who gave life to you. When you bow towards the south, you express your thankfulness towards all of your teachers, who taught you in school, taught you how to cook and sew, taught you your profession, express your thankfulness towards all who have taught you something. When you bow to the West, you express your thankfulness towards your partner and children. When you bow towards the north, you express your thankfulness towards your friends and acquaintances in life. When you bow upwards, you express your thankfulness towards those who have shown you the spiritual path and have supported you on it. When you face downward and bow, you can express your thankfulness for those who have made so many efforts to support your life.
This is called bowing in the six directions,“ the Buddha taught him.

The Buddha is teaching that we cannot lose our attitude of thankfulness towards anything we encounter. We have been supported until now and are still being supported thanks to many karmic connections, for this we can be thankful. Nowadays people have become lonely and poor in mind, this is the time we are living in.

The existence of each person is equal. We have so many natural disasters in the world, so many problems in the world and they seem to increase. And the number of people who spread their dissatisfaction onto others also seems to increase. This is where we as humans need to return to being thankful.

We may still know and be aware of our thankfulness towards our teachers, in any country in any religion this is being taught. The Buddha said: Bow towards your partner and children. He says bow towards those who are working and supporting you. Live in a way that you feel thankful for each person.

The Buddha said this 2600 years ago, when women were still looked upon as not being equal. Still the Buddha said, bow towards your wife, bow towards your husband. Truly seeing the human value of each person, and seeing the need for each relationship needing to find a balanced way in harmony.

We need to live our life with the feeling of thankfulness. In a dojo, a professional place of training, the monks learn to bow towards one another.

We can understand somehow that we bow to our partner, since he/she supports our life as well. But bowing to our children? If we are not careful, we believe that our children are our children. Seen from a Buddhist point of view this is different. The life of the children came forth from the womb of the mother yet the life energy is being passed down from ancient past. We all had a past life, and since we are only aware of what happened after we were born in this life, we do not know about what was before. We simply forgot. We were not suddenly born by chance. We all have a past. When you have many children you will know that each child has their particular abilities. This child has never heard music at home yet may have a deep appreciation for it. The parents may not be painters, yet a child may be gifted in drawing. This shows that the base for this ability may have its origin in a past life. Scientist talk about DNA yet that is not all there is to it. Each person´s personality is expressing the past life. This child has its own past life and now has the karmic connection to be born through my womb, we can only be thankful for this.

Nowadays even though hardly anyone will say so, there are many parents who see their children as their own. When we think about this, we as parents are here to stop that special ability in our child and support it in developing it further, so that it can live a life standing on its own feet.

That is why the Buddha is teaching us that we should also express our thankfulness towards our children. The parents did not make the child, but the child appeared and borrowed the womb of the mother to take form.

Many doctors and nurses and caregivers are working for those who have been infected by the corona virus, they even may become infected themselves. Yet they continue their work and make efforts. When we see this, we need to be thankful for their devoted efforts. This is the great treasure they are giving us during this time which we deeply need to be thankful for.

If we receive the teaching of the Buddha, we need to deeply feel this thankfulness from the bottom of our mind. We also continue our efforts, seeing the efforts not only the medical team but of the many people working in society.

Please everyone take this huge state of mind of yours as most important, that can see the efforts which each person is making. This is my deep wish.

(this is the final entry of the Guidance in the time of Corona, by Shodo Harada Roshi)