Tahoma Winter Schedule

As we come to the end of the year with the mix of retreats, holidays and special events, this is the schedule we will observe at the Monastery. Please note that for the reminder of the year, only evening zazen is open to the public (full vaccination and masks required) both some events presented online via Zoom. Please read this post regarding our Covid Reopening Status and the postings on individual events for details.

Events are always kept up to date on our Calendar: 

Tahoma Winter 2021/2022 Schedule

November 24th, 2021
6:30pm to7:20pm – Zazen
7:30pm – Chisan talk at Watermoon Dojo

November 25 & 26th, 2021
Thanksgiving break – no activities

November 27th-29th, 2021
Regular Schedule

November 30th, 2021
4:50am – Choka
6:25pm – zazen
7:30pm – Kokuho

December 1st-7th, 2021
Rohatsu Sesshin

December 8th, 2021
4:50am – Choka
7:00am – Bodhi Day ceremony

December 9th, 2021
No Activities

December 11th, 2021
5:50am Virtual meetup with Watermoon Dojo
6:25pm Evening Zazen

December 10th – 23rd, 2021
Regular Schedule

December 24th to January 5th, 2022
Winter Break – No Activities

January 6th, 2022 and beyond
Regular Schedule

Dawning of a New Year

“The preparation of a monastery for winter may seem unremarkable. Everything that needs to be attended to is done, yet no trace of effort is apparent.  This expresses the spirit of my teacher, Gempo Yamamoto Roshi, who spent most of his time doing zazen, and who was often completely absorbed in studying the Diamond Sutra. He would say that you are not yet mature if you are seen as great or wise by others. It is not good to be absentminded, but you should be unpretentious while being aware of all necessary matters. This is important!”

Sōen Nakagawa, Endless Vow: The Zen Path of Soen Nakagawa, p. 116

As the activity from Rohatsu fades away and the solstice has marked the start of winter I often think of these words from Sōen Nakagawa. The days are surely getting longer but these are the cold, hard times. Especially right now where there is so much suffering that often has to be endured on ones own. It is vital to remember what is important. Today, December 24th, we held a memorial for Mumon Roshi and read these words from him:

All who promise to seek the wisdom of awakening and to serve all human beings are without exceptions Bodhisattvas. Those laymen and women who join our zazen are also Bodhisattvas–Bodhisattvas who study prajña-wisdom.

In the Buddha mind there are two aspects; wisdom and compassion, just as the sun shines making light and heat. To seek for wisdom or “Bodhi” is to train oneself in the practice of awareness. Compassion is the practical manifestation of wisdom. To attempt to save sentient beings is to practice Buddha’s wisdom, even if we are not awakened to it ourselves. “Compassion is not far from us. It is here in our hands whenever we practice.”

Mumon Yamada Roshi, from Lectures on the Zazen Gi in How to Practice Zazen, p. 6

In this time around the solstice people everywhere practice compassion through acts of charity, kindness, helping out others as they can. Likewise when we attend to that which needs attending, preparing the monastery, our homes, our lives for winter, we are manifesting this wisdom, this practice of compassion. At this time, when staying away from others is the most compassionate action we can take, prajna-wisdom is essential.

These times too will pass and we will again gather together to laugh, hug, share a meal, sit together. As the New Year dawns may we all deepen in our maturity, renewing our vows to practice for all beings and with no trace of effort manifest this wisdom.

On New Years Eve we will ring the Kansho Bell 108 times, dispelling all delusions for a moment. Join us if you will. There will be no formal activities beforehand but the zendo will be open for unstructured sitting throughout the evening. Masks and Social Distancing required.

2021 Calendars Now Available

Harada Roshi’s 2021 One Drop Zen calendars are now available!
Our Mind – New and Fresh Every Day
20”x 26”   Hand Screened on high quality paper. 

To order calendars, please contact Myosho at:

1 calendar sent to one U.S. address  $25 (postage & handling included)
10 calendars sent to a single U.S address.  $135 (postage & handling included)
(Calendars can be mailed inside the U.S. or to Canada, only.  Please note that postage & handling will be higher for delivery to Canada.)

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