May 9th-12th, 2022 -In-person with online options-
Please Note that the monastery will be closed to the public during sesshin. We will resume public events May 24th.
The Spring Training period culminates with our May intensive retreats. Before the rigors of the weeklong OSesshin we will engage in a four day Samu KoSesshin. This retreat will be an opportunity to deepen your practice and give back to the monastery in this time when the grounds are so demanding. Whether you take part in this retreat as a focused period of integrated meditative and work practice or as the beginning an extended period of training this is an opportunity to set aside mundane affairs and deeply investigate this great matter.
This is a Samu KoSesshin which means that work practice is a major component of the retreat. This means that this is essentially an in-person retreat. However the in-zendo portions of the retreat will be broadcast over zoom. Those who are unable to join us in person are encouraged to take part in the online retreat. The emphasis will be on the in-person retreat and during the long samu period those taking part online should engage in self-directed work practice.
Dharma Talks Over the Spring Kessei we have been examining the Three Essentials of Zen Practice: Great Confidence, the Fury of Great Determination and Great Uncertainty. We began with Torei Enji’s Discourse on the Inexhaustible Lamp of the Zen school in our exploration of Great Confidence. We followed this with a deep dive into the Chan Whip Anthology by Jeffery Broughton with its emphasis on Great Determination. Now we turn to Great Uncertainty. We will continue to work with The Chan Whip supplemented with Dahui’s Treasury of the Eye of True Teaching translated by Thomas Cleary as we begin to explore this most vital of the Three Essentials.
Online 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. 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 2pm to 4:00pm: Dharma Talk; Zazen 6:00pm to 8:45pm: Zazen
Each month during the Spring Kessei we deepen our practice, ramping up toward our May Sesshin. On April 16th, we gather for a full day of practice. For this day we will follow our spring retreat schedule, which allows for more samu time as the demands of the ground in the spring are unrelenting. We will continue our examinations of the three essentials of Zen (Chan) Practice: Root of Great Confidence, Fury of Great Determination and Great Apprehension and Uncertainty. We will use Torei Enji’s Discourse on the Inexhaustible Lamp of the Zen School and theChan Whip Anthology by Jeffery Broughton as our primary texts.
All of the events of this retreat are open for in-person and drop-in attendance if you are fully vaccinated. While one can drop into any of the periods without prior notice, if you wish to attend the whole day, or through any of the meals you must contact us in advance. This will also be the first event since the summer for which we will be open for residential stays for those fully vaccinated. If you’d like to make it a weekend event from Friday through Sunday or an overnight please contact us to make arrangements.
We will continue to broadcast these retreats via Zoom for those unable to join us. 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.
To be placed on the waitlist for the OSesshin please complete the below application. You can register for the KoSesshin through May 7th.
Dear One Drop Sangha and Friends,
The May 2022 training period at Tahoma Zen Monastery begins with a Samu Kosesshin May 8th through May 12th. This Samu Kosesshin will take place prior to the arrival of Harada Roshi and Daichi Zenni. An Osesshin led by Harada Roshi follows. Please note that applications are available to those fully vaccinated with a booster.
Samu Kosesshin: Sunday, May 8th – Thursday, May 12th, 2022 Kokuho is Sunday evening, May 8th. Samu Kosesshin, led by Tendo and Tahoma staff, concludes the evening of Thursday, May 12th. Part time participation is permitted and encouraged. Please contact Tendo at email@example.com if you have questions about this Samu Kosesshin.
Osesshin: Saturday, May 14th – Saturday, May 21st, 2022 Kokuho is Saturday evening, May 14th. Osesshin, led by Harada Roshi, concludes the evening of Saturday, May 21st. Full time participation is required.
The application deadline for Osesshin is Sunday, April 10th. The application deadline for the Samu Kosesshin is May 7th. Osesshin acceptance emails will be sent soon after the deadline date of April 10th. Please send your sesshin fee once you have been notified of your acceptance. Payment information will be included in the acceptance email.
The cost of Osesshin is $400. There is no cost to attend the Samu Kosesshin. Those attending the Kosesshin may consider making a donation to the temple.
Apply Now: [Deadlne has passed]
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THIS OSESSHIN
*Following our long hiatus in gathering, any help with set up before or clean up following Osesshin would be greatly appreciated.
*As we plan for May Osesshin, the Tahoma staff is working to organize as safe a practice period as possible. The Covid situation is quite fluid. We are following the Washington State regulations and will continuously update our policies to conform. We are hopeful that we will be able to conduct our May 2022 Osesshin but recognize that our plans, as well as the dates, may need to change suddenly and without notice. For those purchasing airline tickets please be prepared to cancel your reservations.
*We recommend that persons who are immunocompromised or have chronic medical issues not attend this practice period.
*Please consider that the monastery does not have any facilities available to isolate should you become ill and does not have staff to assist in your care if you become ill. If you are not able to continue with the Osesshin schedule you will need to find a place to quarantine outside of the monastery.
*There is no financial aid available for the Osesshin.
*There may be a waitlist for this Osesshin. Those on the waitlist will be contacted immediately as spaces become available.
Thank you, Rozan Lenny Gerson Osesshin registrar Tahoma Zen Monastery
Join us online for a day of practice as we celebrate the start of Spring. Pushing on into the Spring Training period after our kickoff with our Winter Retreat we strive to keep up the pressure. We will continue to ramp up our practice as we head into the May Training month. For this day we will follow our spring retreat schedule, which allows for a bit more samu time as the demands of the grounds in the spring are unrelenting. We will continue our examinations of the three essentials of Zen (Chan) Practice: Root of Great Confidence, Fury of Great Determination and Great Apprehension and Uncertainty. We will use Torei Enji’s Discourse on the Inexhaustible Lamp of the Zen School and theChan Whip Anthology by Jeffery Broughton as our primary texts.
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
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
12.08.21 – Thanks to all who took part in our Rohatsu Sesshin, I dearly hope it was a fruitful experience. My apologize for being unable to broadcast the very final session, the Bodhi Day Ceremony. As I had feared the strong winds brought down trees all over the Island and we were without power for nearly 12 hours.
“Every sit builds toward sesshin; every sesshin builds toward Rohatsu.”
Tahoma will hold Rohatsu Sesshin on the traditional days, December 1st through 8th. This will be offered as an online retreat but there also be limited opportunities for those in the local area to attend in-person and our evening session will remain open to drop-in attendance (vaccination and masks required) As the culmination of the Autumn Kessei as well as the training year, we can all dedicate ourselves to an extended week of zazen. OSesshin is always an opportunity to go deep and push ourselves beyond our limits, Rohatsu even more-so as we are asked to leave it all on the table. A virtual sesshin does demand more from us in order to deeply take advantage of the opportunity. The broadcast provides a structure, just as attending a sesshin in-person does, but the commitment is up to the individual. If one is able commit to doing the entire sesshin, prepare yourself a space where you can minimize distractions. Have your meals planned out and the shopping completed. Work out a way to do kinhin and physical practice. Then just flow along with the schedule. During the Dharma talks we will continue our investigation of the Letters of Dahui and his teachings for lay practitioners without ready access to a teacher. Truly valuable teachings for these times and for lay practice in general.
Online Retreat Information
We will begin with a period of zazen and kokuho on November 30th. Kokuho will include any orientation information needed for online participants. During the week of retreat Zoom broadcast throughout the day will be in four blocks with the evening broadcast becoming longer and longer as as the week goes on.
Staying with the practice, moment by moment, fully engaged throughout the ninety day training period we will build on our momentum with a daylong retreat in November. The last event before Rohatsu it is a perfect way to work out the kinks and acclimate to online practice. As with the rest of the Autumn Kessei we will continue to investigate the Letters of Dahui and his teachings for lay practitioners without ready access to a teacher. Truly valuable teachings for these times and for lay practice in general. This retreat is offered virtually with limited in-person attendance, restricted to those in the local area, contact us if interested.
Keeping ones practice solid, energetic and ever deepening is why we push hard during the training period. Keeping up the momentum in October we offer a long weekend retreat. Two full days followed by a half day on Sunday to deepen or renew your commitment. We will continue our investigation of the Letters of Dahui and his teachings for lay practitioners without ready access to a teacher. Truly valuable teachings for these times and for lay practice in general. This retreat is offered virtually with limited in-person attendance, restricted to those in the local area, contact us if interested.
The Autumn Training period begins with our Autumnal Equinox Retreat starting Monday September 20th. This will kick off a 90 day period of intense practice where ones primary focus is training. This is a time to give oneself over completely to ones method. This retreat is offered virtually with limited in-person attendance, restricted to those in the local area, contact us if interested.
The online retreat will have four major broadcast blocks throughout the day: 5am to 7am: Choka and Zazen 10:30am to Noon: Zazen 2pm to 4pm: Dharma Talk and Zazen 6pm to 9pm: Zazen