October Day of Practice 2018

October Day of Practice at Tahoma 

Continuing our regularly scheduled day of practice we will devote Saturday October 20th  to zazen.  As Autumn deepens and the nature of impermanence is visible all around we should take some time to go deep into our practice. 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:

October 20th Practice Day Schedule

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
8:15 Samu (Clappers; meet at deck)
9:30 Same ends (Clappers)
9:50  Seated in Zendo; Gosei
10:00 Reading; Zazen; Zazen; Kinhin; 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
Yaza

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:
tahoma@whidbey.com

Winter Training at Tahoma

DAILY MONASTIC PRACTICE 

Monday through Saturday:  6:30pm to 8:30pm. (zazen; kinhin; zazen)
Tuesday through Sunday: 5:00am to 7am (Chanting followed by zazen)
Sunday Zazenkai (community sitting): 8am to 9am (followed by tea)

 

MONTHLY DAY OF PRACTICE 

For Zen practitioners it is of immeasurable value to maintain a regular zazen schedule of various durations. Thus, along with the three Training Months and the Daily Practice Schedule we are reintroducing a monthly Practice Day. The monthly Practice Days will occur on the third Saturday of each month.  NEXT Practice days are Saturday October 20, then Nov 17

Please email (Tendo Zenji) If you’d like to attend in October, especially if you will be coming early or staying later or if you have any questions: tahoma@whidbey.com

January TAHOMA ROHATSU:

Tahoma Rohatsu in early in January 2019. 5 days Jan 8-13.

FEBRUARY TRAINING:

Approximate dates for Feb 2019:

“we arrive 2/4
sesshin kokuho 2/5
Sesshin for one week 2/6-12″

Subject to change.

Thank you

Thank you to all who participated in the September training period.

42 people came for 7 day Osesshin

32 people for 5 day Kosesshin (2.0)- with Osesshin schedule

25 people for 5 day Daichi Zenni Kosesshin

Much good practice! Thanks to all for working so steadily and especially on going to the breath

Thanks to Harada Roshi for being Jikijitsu and to Tendo for leading

Sokei

 

Image is a past sesshin at meal time

Samu Day September 1st 2018

The September 2018 training period at Tahoma Zen Monastery begins on Wednesday the 5th.  We will have a day of samu on Saturday, September 1st so that we may all work together to ready the monastery for this period of training.  Samu is a natural extension of our training allowing us to freely move from work on the cushion to simple work with our hands, to the complex interactions of our daily lives. This day of samu will allow us to engage in this deep work and to share our efforts with the sangha.  So please join us for any portion of the work period that you can.

Samu Day Schedule

5:00am Choka
6:00am Zazen
7:00am Formal Breakfast
8:30am Samu begins
12:30pm Lunch

We will be on the regular monastery schedule on this day and everyone is welcome to come for any part of it. If you would like to come for choka and take part in the formal morning meal do let us know you are coming for planning purposes. The monastery will provide simple food for an informal lunch. Food donations for this day, or for sesshin are more than welcome!

Please email us at tahoma@whibey.com with any questions or to let us know if you plan to attend prior to the samu period.

Directions to the monastery can be found here.

August Day of Practice

August Day of Practice at Tahoma 

Continuing our regularly scheduled day of practice we will devote Saturday August 18th  to zazen.  With the September training period just around the corner this is a great way to begin to deepen your practice in preparation. 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:

August 18th Practice Day Schedule

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
8:15 Samu (Clappers; meet at deck)
9:30 Same ends (Clappers)
9:50  Seated in Zendo; Gosei
10:00 Reading; Zazen; Zazen; Kinhin; 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
Yaza

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:
tahoma@whidbey.com

Tahoma-san Sogenji, USA One Drop Newsletter August 2018

As we leave July and enter August, historically the hottest and driest period of the year in Washington, the zendo has warmed up and as we sit it becomes all too easy to dwell on the body. But these last couple couple of weeks when the body demands unwavering attention I am reminded of the reading from the Linji Lu (Rinzai Roku) from our July Day of practice:

“Buddhas and patriarchs are people who refrain from contrivances (buji). Therefore, whether they act with or without delusion, or whether they refrain from action with or without delusion, their karma is pure. There are a bunch of blind monks who stuff their stomachs with food and sit down in zazen. They try to stop the flow of their thoughts and to prevent delusions from arising. They hate noise and seek tranquillity. This is the way of heretics.”

As we look ahead to the August Day of Practice and further ahead to the September Training Period, it is with this determination that we must bring to every sit, to every action.  It isn’t something that we can cultivate in only pristine circumstances, it isn’t something we can cultivate at all. Wherever we are, whatever task we are engaged in, we must bring ourselves completely to it.  Linji goes on to say:

“This very you who right now is listening to my talk, how can you cultivate it, how can you acknowledge it, how can you adorn it? It is not to be cultivated, not to be acknowledged, not to be adorned. If it can be adorned, then everything can be adorned. Make no mistake!”

(quotes from the Rinzai Roku translated by Eido Shimano Roshi)

-Tendo Zenji

August 3 is the deadline for September training applications –  the list will be sent out a few days later by Rozan https://www.tahomazenmonastery.org/sesshin/sesshin-application/

Saturday August 18th is a full day of training at Tahoma.  Schedule is here: https://www.tahomazenmonastery.org/2018/07/14/july-day-of-practice-schedule/

Tendo Zenji and Bruce continue to take care of Tahoma with help from Kogen and Esho.

-Sokei

Monthly Day of Practice at Tahoma

Monthly Day of Practice at Tahoma 

For Zen practitioners it is of immeasurable value to maintain a regular zazen schedule of various durations. Thus along with the three Training Months and the Daily Practice Schedule we offer a Practice Day the third Saturday of each month. (durning September and May when there is a full month of training there will be no day of practice.)  Our standard schedule for these day’s will be:

Practice Day Schedule

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
8:15 Samu (Clappers; meet at deck)
9:30 Samu ends (Clappers)
9:50  Seated in Zendo; Gosei
10:00 Zazen; Zazen; Kinhin; 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
Yaza

The Monastery’s regularly scheduled periods of zazen from 5 am to 7am 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 monastery’s 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:
tahoma@whidbey.com

July Day of Practice

Monthly Day of Practice at Tahoma 

For Zen practitioners it is of immeasurable value to maintain a regular zazen schedule of various durations. Thus along with the three Training Months and the Daily Practice Schedule we offer a Practice Day each month. This next day of training will occur on Saturday July 21st. The Schedule for this day of will be:

July 21st Practice Day Schedule

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
8:15 Samu (Clappers; meet at deck)
9:30 Same ends (Clappers)
9:50  Seated in Zendo; Gosei
10:00 Zazen; Zazen; Kinhin; Zazen; Zazen
11:55 Lunch
Kitchen Cleanup
1:50 Seated in Zendo; Gosei
2:00 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
Yaza

The Monastery’s regularly scheduled periods of zazen from 5 am to 7am 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:
tahoma@whidbey.com

Sogenji fine in flooding

Sogenji after the Taifun
July 8, 2018, 4:46 pm ~ by

http://onedropzen.org

Thank you all for sending in so many concerned email and good wishes for the floods in Japan. Sogenji is fine, a lot of water went under the Denneshitsu, the sanzen room and the lake overflowed, some of the carps ending in the river behind, as the neighbors informed the Roshi. Japan having now the natural disaster information system active, so all night long messages were sent to mobile phones, informing everyone about the floods and asking people to check whether they need to search for higher grounds. The water masses are huge coming from the mountain behind Sogenji, yet because Sogenji is situated slightly higher, the water is draining in the direction of the inland sea.

Thank you for sending your good wishes.