November 9th Update: Power has now been restored at Tahoma and all activities are proceeding as normal.
The evening of the 4th there was a massive wind and rain storm that brought down many, many trees on the island. The power has been out since the early morning and the current estimate for its restoration is November 7th. That it should be noted is two days from the time of this post. The lack of power will affect some of the events here this week.
In general we will continue to follow the schedule here. There is no heat in the zendo and it is now expected to turn very cold. In the main I would encourage people to wait until the power is restored before attending any events. We will update here on the blog as well as on the Events Mailing List once power is firmly restored.
Zazenkai: There will be no Zazenkai online or in person on November 6th.
Morning Practice with Seattle One Drop Water Moon: We are going to postpone this to the following Tuesday: November 15th.
As per Washington State and Federal guidance we are suspending all in-person events at Tahoma Zen Monastery for at least the next 6 weeks. This includes all events in March and in April. We will be continuously assessing the situation and will make determinations for events in May and beyond as the situation develops.
Maintaining our practice during this time is of utmost importance and I encourage everyone to keep sitting. Please read Roshi’s words on the importance of maintaining our practice during this crisis. As we are all seamless in the ground of being when we sit, wherever we are, we sit for all beings. There is great power in sitting together in space and time. In this time when we must be separated in space, we can still sit together in time. In order to facilitate this we will be taking some of our activities virtual.
Zazenkai will be going virtual. By the end of this week we will be setup to broadcast this via the Zoom platform. There will be a post every Saturday with the link for this weeks Sunday 8am Broadcast. There will be more details in the initial post, but I encourage everyone to download the Zoom apps. It can be used on all the major phones, tablets and computers. Download here: Zoom Client Download Center
Selected other events will also go virtual. We will announce other events as they make sense for this format.
Feel free to reach out to us with any questions or if you are in need of any guidance for practicing in these troubled times: Contact Us.
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