Rohatsu 2022

Rohatsu Sesshin 2022

December 4th-11th, 2022

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.

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Autumn Equinox 2022

Autumn Night, Setting Moon

Poised low in emptiness, a radiant moon
glistens incandescent in a drop of dew.

Trying to settle in, magpies startle away.
Fireflies float through open blinds, cold

shadow sparse in courtyard scholar-trees.
Fulling-stick rhythms tighten next door.

How will we ever meet in a land so vast?
Lingering out emptiness, I gaze and gaze.

Meng Hao-Jan
from The Mountain Poems of Meng Hao-Jan translated by David Hinton

2022 Winter Retreat

February 14th-20th, 2022

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: ZazenĀ 

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