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Winter Training at Tahoma


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)



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


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



Image is a past sesshin at meal time

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

Saturday August 18th is a full day of training at Tahoma.  Schedule is here:

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


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

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:

Sogenji fine in flooding

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

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.

Sesshin Application – September 2018

Dear One Drop Sangha and Friends,

The September 2018 training period at Tahoma Zen Monastery begins on Wednesday the 5th, and concludes Monday the 24th. The online application can be found here:

FULL TIME RESIDENTIAL TRAINING is available September  5 – 24, 2018*

OSESSHIN: Wednesday, September 5 – Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Kokuho is Wednesday evening, September 5.  Osesshin, led by Harada Roshi, concludes the evening of Wednesday, September 12.

KOSESSHIN: Thursday, September 13 – Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Kokuho is Thursday evening, September 13.  Five full days of sitting led by Harada Roshi.

KOSESSHIN – Wednesday, September 19 – Monday, September 24, 2018
Kokuho is Wednesday evening, September 19. Led by Daichi Zenni.  *This kosesshin will conclude on the 23rd or 24th.  To be confirmed at a later date.

The application deadline is August 3.  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 $500.  The cost of Osesshin is $350. The cost of kosesshin is $50/day.
September 28, 2018
One Day Sesshin with Daichi Zenni
Water Moon Dojo, Seattle
Register for this event by sending email to:
Schedules, guidelines for conduct, and directions to the monastery can be found here,
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 and 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 part of this month of practice. People on the wait-list will be contacted immediately as spaces become available.
Thank you,
Rozan Lenny Gerson
Tahoma One Drop Zen Monastery
6499 Wahl Road
Freeland, WA 98249
Phone:  360.331.4142

September 2018 Training at Tahoma

September Training Period

Applications here:

Subscribe for mailing list here to receive announcement with details-

Once the application deadline listed on announcement has passed, and applications have been processed, a follow up email with more information will be sent.

Please read this blog for sesshin guidelines. It’s expected that you plan your stay to participate in sesshin preparation and clean up at the monastery.

Harada Roshi Sesshin:
Kokuho for Osesshin: Wednesday, 5 September

Osesshin: 7 days:
Thursday, 6 September – Wednesday, 12 September: ending in late evening of 12 September.
Full time participation ONLY.

Kokuho for the Roshi’s five day kosesshin: Thursday, 13 September

Kosesshin: 5 days, Friday, 14 September – Tuesday, 18 September, ending in evening of 18 September. Part-time participation accepted.

Daichi Zenni Kosesshin: 4-5 days
Kokuho: 19 September Wednesday
20 Thurs, 21 Fri, 22 Sat, 23 Sun, 24 Mon

[Tentatively; 24th. may be cancelled] 
Part-time participation accepted. 

Water Moon Dojo One Day Sesshin with Daichi Zenni, Sept 28, Seattle

Tahoma Sogenji San Zen Monastery

6499 Wahl Road
Freeland WA 98249

(360) 331-4142

Thank you

One Day Zen Retreat with Zen Priest Daichi Zenni at Water Moon Dojo

One Day Zen Retreat (Kosesshin) with Zen Priest Daichi Zenni.

Monday May 28 (Memorial Day) Water Moon Dojo, 4232 6th Ave NW. Seattle. 10 am – 9 pm.

10 am orientation, zazen, 12 noon lunch, 2 pm zazen, 4 pm light supper, break, 5:30 sanzen instruction (sanzen is one on one teacher instruction) and zazen, 6:30 sanzen with Daichi Zenni, 8:15 tea and chanting.

Register: tel: (731) 599-2837