Rohatsu at Water Moon Dojo Seattle

The special Rohatsu schedule starts Sunday, Dec. 1st and ends on Sunday, Dec. 8th.  Zazen will start at 6:30a.m. each day, ending with a mini-sesshin on Dec. 8th.

The mini-sesshin will include a breakfast of oatmeal, fruit compote, peanut butter, raisins, sugar,and granola.  If you would like to donate or cook any of these items, reply to this email.

Zazen Schedule for Rohatsu

Sunday, 12/1:       6:30-7:30 AM
Monday, 12/2:       6:30-7:30 AM    & 7-8:30 PM
Tuesday, 12/3:       6:30-8:30 AM
Wednesday, 12/4:  6:30-7:30 AM
Thursday, 12/5:      6:30-7:30 AM
Friday, 12/6:           6:30-7:30 AM
Saturday, 12/7:      6:30-8:30 AM
Sunday, 12/8:        6:30-11:15 AM 
(formal breakfast at 8AM, Sitting for part of mini-sesshin is allowed.)

For more information check the Watermoon website or contact Celia Bowker.

Samu Day at Tahoma April 27th

The May 2019 training period at Tahoma Zen Monastery begins on Sunday May 5th.  We will have a day of samu on Saturday, April 27th so that we may all work together to ready the monastery for this period of training. Samu is a natural extension of our training allowing us to freely move from work on the cushion to simple work with our hands, to the complex interactions of our daily lives. This day of samu will allow us to engage in this deep work and to share our efforts with the sangha.  So please join us for any part of the work period that you can. A simple lunch will be provided after the samu period.

Samu Day Schedule
5:00am Choka
6:00am Zazen
7:00am Formal Breakfast
8:30am Samu begins
12:15pm Samu Ends/Cleanup
12:30pm Lunch

We will be on the regular monastery schedule on this day and everyone is welcome to come for any part of it. If you would like to come for choka and take part in the formal morning meal do let us know you are coming for planning purposes. Please email us at

Directions to the monastery can be found here.

February 2019 Day of Practice


February Day of Practice at Tahoma 

Continuing our regularly scheduled day of practice we will devote Saturday February 23rd  to zazen.  This year for the reading and study portion of the practice day we are going to be focusing on the Diamond Sutra. We will be utilizing the Red Pine translation and commentary if you’d like to engage in this with your own copy.  As always one is welcome to come before evening zazen on Friday and stay through Zazenkai on Sunday for a full 36 hours of practice. Further details on practice at Tahoma over this weekend can be found at the end of this post.

Do note that for this Day of Practice we will be using Tending Clouds as our zendo. Tending Clouds is the next building down the path from the kitchen. There will be signs and schedules posted on the main buildings to facilitate getting to the correct locations.

The Schedule for this day will be:

4:50 Seated in Zendo; Gosei
5:00 Choka (Sutras)
5:40 Zazen
5:55 Kinhin
6:00 Han; Zazen; Zazen
6:55 Breakfast
Breakfast Cleanup
8:30 Samu (Clappers; meet at deck)
10:30 Samu ends (Clappers)
10:50  Seated in Zendo; Gosei
11:00 Zazen; Zazen
11:55 Lunch
Kitchen Cleanup
1:50 Seated in Zendo; Gosei
2:00 Reading; Zazen; Zazen; Kinhin; Zazen; Zazen*
4:00 Supper (optional, free-style)*
5:20 Seated in Zendo; Gosei
5:30 Zazen; Zazen; Kinhin;
6:30 Zazen; Zazen; Kinhin; Zazen; Zazen
8:30 Kaichin in kitchen

The Monastery’s regularly scheduled periods of zazen from 5 am to 7 am and 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm will still be observed and anyone can drop in for either of these or any of the other zazen periods. You are also welcome to arrive on Friday before the Practice Day and/or stay though Zazenkai on Sunday, if you’d like to extend your practice. In all cases it is expected that the monasteries schedule will be followed.

Please email us If you’d like to attend, especially if you will be coming early or staying later or if you have any questions:

*  Note
 In the case that the only registered participants in the Day of Practice are Monastery Residents, the 2pm to 4pm  period will be freestyle zazen. Drop-ins are welcome to sit in the zendo, just know that it will be unstructured until Zazen at 5:20pm.