Please join us for a full day of practice as we begin the Winter Training Period this February 18th. During this retreat we will be continuing our study of Torei Enji’s Discourse on the Inexhaustible Lamp of the Zen School wrapping up the chapter on Faith and Practice and continuing on to the next chapter on The Realm of Delusions. Information and previous talks on this text can be found here.
All of the events of this retreat are open for in-person and drop-in attendance if you are fully vaccinated. We continue to broadcast these retreats via Zoom for those unable to join us in person. We will begin the online broadcast during regular Friday evening zazen and conclude after Sunday’s Zazenkai allowing for one to be able to extend ones practice beyond the full day.
This sesshin was canceled. Look for our next sesshin in May.
Dear One Drop Sangha and Friends,
The February 2023 Osesshin at Tahoma Zen Monastery begins with kokuho on the evening of February 5th and concludes the evening of February 12th. Please note that we will consider only applicants who are fully vaccinated, including with the latest bivalent booster.
Osesshin: Sunday, February 5th – Sunday, September 12th, 2022 Kokuho is Sunday evening, February 5th. Osesshin, led by Harada Roshi, concludes the evening of Sunday, February 12th. Full time participation is required. The cost of Osesshin is $400.
The application deadline for Osesshin is Monday, January 2nd. You will receive an email regarding your acceptance or waitlist status soon after the deadline date of January 2nd. Please send your sesshin fee once you have been notified of your acceptance. Payment information will be included in the acceptance email.
The Day after our Winter Retreat came to a close we woke up to an active snowfall. It has been fairly mild since the very cold week at the end of December and signs of spring were everywhere: daffodils and tulips popping up everywhere, buds and new growth on all the trees, little flowers on the umi and cherry trees, leaves bursting out on a few shrubs and trees and so on.
The snow this morning was very wet with slush everywhere. This late in the winter (a month to spring!) dry powder is a real rarity. But as the sky lightened it cooled down a little further and light dryer snow continued to fall.
We begin the Spring Training period with a virtual weeklong winter retreat recommitting ourselves to our great vow. For this retreat we will focus on the foundations of our practice. There will be a morning instructional talk that will emphasize right view, the condition of our minds that facilitate practice, right effort, the way that we direct our attention and energy to fruitful practice and the cultivation of being in alignment with what is. There will be opportunities throughout the week for feedback, questions and dialog during this period. The afternoon dharma talks will build on the morning instruction with discourse on the essentials of practice: great trust, the fury of great determination and great uncertainty. We will use numerous sources for these topics, but the Chan Whip Anthology by Jeffery Broughton will be the primary text.
Participants are encouraged to commit for as much of the retreat as they are able to do. Once you’ve committed to a schedule stick to it. We can get as much out of a virtual retreat as any period of sustained practice, but it is up to us. The schedule that will be followed at the monastery can be found here which you can use to coordinate self-directed work practice, physical practice, meals and breaks. Observe noble silence throughout, for sesshin is a retreat from words and language as much as anything else. In all activities take the single minded approach of practice.
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
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
Once again the planning team write with sad news – we are cancelling the upcoming sesshin.
Roshi and Chisan are unable to travel to the USA, and have asked that we cancel the February Sesshin at Tahoma and the ko-sesshin in Los Angeles and Mexico.
The current wave of Omicron has created significant travel restrictions that have led to this unhappy decision. Japan is now requiring all returnees to quarantine at a designated hotel upon re-entering the country and flights between Osaka and the West coast are reducing to one per week.
Along with these difficulties the potential for a large surge in cases creates a real possibility of break-through infections at our gatherings with real health risks to all present.
Roshi and Chisan have said they hope to come in May, they ask that we keep that time available and plan to meet together then.
With deep regret, Tahoma Zen Monastery Sesshin Planning Committee
The February 2020 training period at Tahoma Zen Monastery will consist of an OSesshin led by Shodo Harada Roshi.
OSESSHIN: February 5th – February 12th, 2020 Kokuho is Wednesday evening, February 5th. Osesshin concludes the evening of Wednesday, February 12th. Full time participation is required.
The application deadline is Sunday, December 29th. Acceptance emails will be sent soon after the first of the year. Please send your Osesshin fee once you have been notified of your acceptance. The cost of Osesshin is $400.
Schedules, guidelines for conduct, and directions to the monastery can be found on the Sesshin page.
Please consider arriving a day early to help with set up or staying a day after to assist with clean up. Any help you can provide towards this effort would be greatly appreciated. Temple housing is limited and we appreciate your flexibility. There may be a wait-list. People on the wait-list will be contacted immediately as spaces become available.
One Drop Zendo Los Angeles: February 13th – February 15th, 2020 Kokuho is Thursday evening. Space is limited and you must be registered to attend. For further information, please contact Jikun.