February 2020 OSesshin

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. 

The application is here: sesshin application

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

February 2019 Day of Practice


February Day of Practice at Tahoma 

Continuing our regularly scheduled day of practice we will devote Saturday February 23rd  to zazen.  This year for the reading and study portion of the practice day we are going to be focusing on the Diamond Sutra. We will be utilizing the Red Pine translation and commentary if you’d like to engage in this with your own copy.  As always one is welcome to come before evening zazen on Friday and stay through Zazenkai on Sunday for a full 36 hours of practice. Further details on practice at Tahoma over this weekend can be found at the end of this post.

Do note that for this Day of Practice we will be using Tending Clouds as our zendo. Tending Clouds is the next building down the path from the kitchen. There will be signs and schedules posted on the main buildings to facilitate getting to the correct locations.

The Schedule for this day will be:

4:50 Seated in Zendo; Gosei
5:00 Choka (Sutras)
5:40 Zazen
5:55 Kinhin
6:00 Han; Zazen; Zazen
6:55 Breakfast
Breakfast Cleanup
8:30 Samu (Clappers; meet at deck)
10:30 Samu ends (Clappers)
10:50  Seated in Zendo; Gosei
11:00 Zazen; Zazen
11:55 Lunch
Kitchen Cleanup
1:50 Seated in Zendo; Gosei
2:00 Reading; Zazen; Zazen; Kinhin; Zazen; Zazen*
4:00 Supper (optional, free-style)*
5:20 Seated in Zendo; Gosei
5:30 Zazen; Zazen; Kinhin;
6:30 Zazen; Zazen; Kinhin; Zazen; Zazen
8:30 Kaichin in kitchen

The Monastery’s regularly scheduled periods of zazen from 5 am to 7 am and 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm will still be observed and anyone can drop in for either of these or any of the other zazen periods. You are also welcome to arrive on Friday before the Practice Day and/or stay though Zazenkai on Sunday, if you’d like to extend your practice. In all cases it is expected that the monasteries schedule will be followed.

Please email us If you’d like to attend, especially if you will be coming early or staying later or if you have any questions:

*  Note
 In the case that the only registered participants in the Day of Practice are Monastery Residents, the 2pm to 4pm  period will be freestyle zazen. Drop-ins are welcome to sit in the zendo, just know that it will be unstructured until Zazen at 5:20pm.