The autumn training period culminates with the Rohtasu sesshin commemorating the Buddha’s awakening. This is always the most intense retreat of the year in which one brings the years worth of training to bear. This year Rohatsu at Tahoma will run from December 4th through the 11th. As has been the case with all Rohatsu’s at Tahoma the days get longer and more intense as we go through the week. For this year, the first three days of this retreat will be drop in only with periods in the morning and evening. The remaining days will be our regular full time Rohatsu schedule with drop in and residency options. All in-person attendance requires you to be fully vaccinated with the booster. The entire retreat will be broadcast via zoom. The Zoom link will be posted on the website in the days prior and sent out in the Tahoma Events weekly mailing
Each evening of the retreat in the first period after golden hour we will read from Hakuin Zenji’s Rohatsu Exhortations (available here). During the full days of retreat the dharma talks will be from Torei Zenji’s Discourse on the Inexhaustible Lamp of the Zen School continuing with the chapter on Faith and Practice. Previous talks on this text can be found here. Day 6 and 7 will feature 10am instructional talks continuing the Autumn Training period theme of Calming and Contemplation. The previous talks can be found here.
February finds us deep in the icy depths of winter, a time for hibernation, inside work and contemplation. A perfect time for deep, sustained practice. We will hold a Winter Retreat on this second week of February and take this opportunity for intensive practice. This retreat will be online only and will be more oriented toward the virtual experience. As we come into February there will be a detailed post with the full schedule, practice details and study material. This information will also be published in February Newsletter (subscribe here). To have our virtual events and their zoom links emailed to you join our Events Mailing list (subscribe here).
Tentative Broadcast Schedule 5am to 7am: Choka; Zazen 9:30am to Noon: Instructional Talk; Zazen 2pm to 4:00pm: Dharma Talk; Zazen 5:30pm to 8:30pm: Zazen
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.