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
September 20th-26th, 2021 Tahoma Zen Monastery Online
The changing of the seasons into Autumn heralds the start of the most intense period of practice in the training year. Please join us online from September 20th though 26th, for a weeklong retreat. This retreat is offered virtually with limited in-person attendance, restricted to those in the local area, contact us if interested. With a virtual retreat one can take part as ones schedule, energy and interest allows. But, as always, we recommend committing to what you are able to attend and then holding fast to the sesshin spirit for that period. Sesshin is always and only as deep and powerful as you make it.
I encourage those who are able to give themselves completely to this week as they would to any sesshin. While of course everyone is welcome to attend events as circumstances allow, if you are able do engage in the full days schedule and maintain sesshin spirit throughout the self-directed portions. While there are many periods where one has to be the master of their own practice, set a routine for meals and engage in work around your place that coincides with the practice schedule. Undertake your own physical practice or follow the outdoor practice during periods when that is offered. Some suggestions and procedure for getting the most out of a virtual sesshin can be found in our Guidelines for Virtual Events and Orientation to Virtual Sesshin.
The retreat begins Monday September 20th at 5am and concludes Sunday morning after Zazenkai. All days apart from the final day with follow this basic schedule:
General Broadcast schedule (all times PDT) 5am to 6:55am: Choka and zazen 10:30am to noon: Zazen 2pm to 4pm: Dharma Talk and Zazen 6pm to 8:45pm: Zazen
The full, final schedule for the retreat with all the activities we will engage in at the monastery will be posted in the days before the retreat as well as mailed out in a stand alone email. This post will also include all of the essential information, Zoom Link and etc. Please email us with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
As we wish to share the dharma with everyone we are not setting a fixed cost for the retreat. However there are costs to us for food, utilities and operations. So please do consider making a donation online or in person with this in mind.
Join us in person at Tahoma Zen Monastery or online this May for a weekend retreat as we continue with the Spring Training Period.
For all in-person attendance you must be be fully vaccinated (two weeks past the final shot). For those interested in participating in-person please contact us to express your interest so we can accurately plan meals. For those who would like to stay on campus for the weekend please contact us to arrange accommodations
July 18th Virtual Daylong Retreat Tahoma Zen Monastery
Join us online for our July Daylong Retreat. All of the sitting periods will be broadcast online and we will follow the schedule of the recent virtual Sesshin. Drop-in attendance for the zazen and samu periods will be allowed though we will not be able to accommodate any communal activities beyond that. Drop-in attendance for Choka and the Dharma Talk are not available. Masks required for attendance at any events.