This January, 2020 we will hold a KoSesshin at Tahoma Zen Monastery in observance of the traditional Rohatsu sesshin. There will be three full days concluding with an early morning Bodhi Day Ceremony on Sunday the 19th. Attendance can be for the whole period or any fraction that works for you. We ask that those interested in attendance in any capacity please email us with your desired attendance. During these days drop-in attendance is available in the morning period before breakfast and the evening period after dinner.
The schedule for the first two days (January 16th and 17th) will follow our standard Day of Practice Schedule with an extended period of zazen into the late evening of the third day (January 18th). Sunday, January 19th, we will have Choka and zazen an hour earlier at 4am followed by a Bodhi Day Celebration and an informal breakfast. For those who wish to sit with the local sangha we will wrap everything up with Zazenkai at 8am.
For attendance of a day or more, we require registration. Part time attendance is allowed. Please email email@example.com to signup and let us know your attendance plans.
There is no fee for this sesshin but donations of food, funds or time are always welcome.
Drop in attendance
If you wish to drop in for a period of zazen, the following times are available: 4:50am to 7:55am: Choka and two periods of zazen 5:20pm to 8:30pm: Three blocks of two periods of zazen with kinhin in between.
You can sit for one hour in any of these blocks, please arrive during the kinhin, or before Gosei and leave during kinhin or at the end of the period. Sesshin attendees will be continuing directly to the next event and we ask that you directly leave and not interact with sesshin participants.
Call for Assistance
We could use your help for this sesshin. We would like to have prepared dishes: soups, salads, casseroles and other food that can be stored for a few days. We would also gratefully accept food donations of sweets for tea, coffee and snacks for breaks, fruit and vegetables that we can use at meals and really any other food items we could put to use for sesshin
Additionally if you are planning to attend we would like people to help with meal preparation, tea serving, chant services and the like. If you have taken part in any of these activities or would like to learn please let us know. Everyone will need to help in one way or another and we will do in situ training as needed.
Please come and join us at Tahoma Zen Monastery for our annual New Years Celebration. We will begin with a potluck in the kitchen. The Monastery will provide hot spiced cider and a dish or two. Please bring a vegetarian main, side, snacks or desert.
Then we will retire to the Zendo for a series of zazen and kinhin. You can always “sit out” a period of zazen, leaving during a stretch break or kinhin and taking a break, having a snack, or what-have-you, returning during another kinhin or stretch break.
At 11:30 we will have a short chant service and ceremony followed by the traditional 108 strikes on the temple Kansho Bell at midnight.
Do come for all or any part of the evenings activities as your schedule allows. Directions to the Monastery can be found here: Directions to Tahoma. If you have any questions do contact us: Contact Information.
New Years CelebrationSchedule 6:30pm Potluck in the kitchen 7:30pm cleanup 8:00pm Zazen; Zazen; Kinhin 9:00pm Zazen; Zazen; Kinhin 10:00pm Zazen; Zazen; Kinhin 11:00pm Zazen; 11:30pm New Years Chanting 12:00am Bell Ringing
In celebration of the Winter Solstice we will have our quarterly day of extended sitting. On Saturday December 21st, we will add several periods of uninterrupted zazen throughout the day. The regular daily schedule will be followed as normal and drop in attendance for any or all activities is encouraged. As always feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
As always practitioners are welcome to come for Friday evening zazen and stay through Sunday zazenkai. Those planning on attending all day, or desiring an extended weekend of practice at Tahoma are requested to contact us to make any needed arraignments.
* In the case that there are no signs up for the entire day we will shorten the schedule to allow for the monastery staff to not be overburdened. In that case the starred events will not be held. Do contact us us if you wish to drop-in for those events to make sure they are being held..
As the concluding day of our observance of the Autumn Kessei this full day of zazen will run from 4:20a.m. until approximately 8:30p.m. with formal Breakfast and Lunch. We do require advance notification for anyone who intends to take part.
Intensive training sessions known as sesshin continue for periods of eighty, ninety, and one hundred twenty days. Since the goal of all those who take part is to clarify the great matter, while the sesshin is in progress no one leaves the temple gates, and no one speaks unnecessarily. Practice is carried on with a spirit of dauntless, indomitable courage.
Autum Kessei 2019
The autumnal equinox opens the Autumn Kessei, a three month training period that runs through Rohatsu sesshin. While we don’t do sesshin every month here and Roshi is only here to lead us at the beginning of the autumn kessei, intensity is much more a decision we make, an orientation toward practice, than anything else. In this spirit those of us at Tahoma will rededicate ourselves to the practice and offer a greater opportunity for practice during this period. We will switch to the Autumn/Winter schedule for our Practice Day’s in October, November and December which offers more zazen as well as officially beginning earlier on the previous Friday to encourage and deepen a three day weekend retreat. Periodically will offer other days more devoted to zazen, keep an eye on this site for details as they are announced. We will again observe Rohatsu Sesshin (dates and details forthcoming) and will conclude the year with our annual New Years potluck and all evening zazen concluding with a midnight bell ringing. Details for all of these events will be post here as we work out the details as well as in forthcoming issues of our newsletter. But let me reiterate that intensity is a state of mind and all of us can begin right now. Dedicate yourself to deeply investigating your true nature this autumn and do so with great sincerity and determination.
The next regularly schedule practice day will be August 24th. This full day of zazen will run from 4:50a.m. until 8:30p.m. with formal Breakfast and Lunch. As we move into summer our focus continues to be working in the garden for the monasteries needs. Thus for this Day of Practice we will allow enough Samu time to make sure all the plants are watered, weeds pulled and the like along with our normal “inside cleaning.”
The September 2019 training period at Tahoma Zen Monastery begins on Thursday the 5th, and concludes Monday the 23rd. The online application can be found here: Sesshin Application
FULL TIME RESIDENTIAL TRAINING is available September 5 – 23, 2019
OSESSHIN: Thursday, September 5 – Thursday, September 12, 2019
Kokuho is Thursday evening, September 5. Osesshin, led by Harada Roshi, concludes the evening of Thursday, September 12. Full time participation is required. Apply here: Sesshin Application
CALLIGRAPHY DEMONSTRATION, Friday, September 13th, 1:00 p.m. Nalanda West
3902 Woodland Park Ave North
Seattle, Washington, 98103
KOSESSHIN: Friday, September 13 – Monday, September 16, 2019
Kokuho is Friday evening, September 13. Three full days of sitting led by Harada Roshi. Apply here: Sesshin Application
JUSEN GARDEN BLESSING & OPENING, September 17th, 10:00 a.m.
KOSESSHIN – Wednesday, September 18 – Monday, September 23, 2019
Kokuho is Wednesday evening, September 18. Five full days of sitting led by Daichi Zenni. Apply here: Sesshin Application
The application deadline is Friday, August 2. Acceptance emails will be sent soon after the deadline date. Please send your sesshin fee once you have been notified of your acceptance. The maximum cost for the month is $600. The cost of Osesshin is $400. The cost of kosesshin is $60/day.
Schedules, guidelines for conduct, and directions to the monastery can be found here: Sesshin Guidelines.
Attending Osesshin is a commitment to full time participation. Kosesshin allows for less than full time participation. In order for kosesshin to run smoothly we request that you provide your arrival and departure dates and approximate times, and keep us updated of changes. Temple housing is limited so we appreciate your flexibility. Any help with set up before or clean up following sesshin is greatly appreciated. There may be a wait-list for any “segment” of this month of practice. People on the wait-list will be contacted immediately as spaces become available.
The next regularly schedule practice day will be June 15th. This full day of zazen will run from 4:50a.m. until 8:30p.m. with formal Breakfast and Lunch. As we move into summer our focus continues to be working in the garden for the monasteries needs. Thus for this Day of Practice we will allow enough Samu time to make sure all the plants are watered, weeds pulled and the like along with our normal “inside cleaning.”
Continuing our regularly scheduled day of practice we will devote Saturday April 20th to zazen. As we move into spring our efforts turns to preparing the garden for the monasteries needs. Thus for this Day of Practice we will follow closer to a Samu Sesshin Schedule and devote several hours in the morning to work practice in the garden. People are welcome to come just for the garden work as this is also one of our Garden Saturdays for the month of April.
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 along with the commentary by the Sixth Patriarch Hui-neng, in The Sutra of Hui-neng, 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.
The Schedule for this day will be:
Seated in Zendo; Gosei
Han; Zazen; Zazen
Samu (Clappers; meet at deck)
Samu ends (Clappers)
Seated in Zendo; Gosei
Seated in Zendo; Gosei
Reading; Zazen; Zazen; Kinhin; Zazen; Zazen*
Supper (optional, free-style)*
Seated in Zendo; Gosei
Zazen; Zazen; Kinhin;
Zazen; Zazen; Kinhin; Zazen; Zazen
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: email@example.com
* 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.