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Jusen’s Garden Dedication

photo by Gensho Florance

Jusen’s Garden Dedication

One of the visions for Tahoma Zen Monastery is that it will have a columbarium so that sangha members as well as the worldwide sangha who are so interested can be interned on the Monastery grounds.  The columbarium will be surrounded by a garden with aspects of both the Pacific Northwest and Japan. This garden is the first phase of the project and work began on it in earnest this summer thanks, to  the generous contributions of long time sangha member Jusen Bland.  There has been both professional workers involved in clearing and grading the land and much sangha labor during the September 2019 Training month preparing the site for a dedication ceremony. On September 17th we held a dedication and blessing of the garden.

 

Jusen (far left) and Shodo Roshi. Photo by Sozui
Remembering the ceremony in our newsletter, sesshin leader, Gensho Florence wrote the following words:

A wet day for a garden blessing. The sky gods sent rain to the earth gods as Roshi led a blessing for the new garden donated by Jusen. We setup a temporary tent and altar so we could appreciate the rainy day.
 
photo by Jiyu Romm

Roshi offered rice and salt to the earth, gave a poem of thanks and acknowledgement-

 Namu Jizō Jusen-en.

 Doing good deeds in the ten directions, we pay back our debt to the Buddha.

 Especially in this place the ten thousand spirits sleep in peace,

 All persons and all the heavens return to one root.

 Katz!

-and together we chanted The Heart Sutra.

A beautiful selection of maples and camillas are waiting to be planted in October. They’ll fill the space directly in front of the altar above with the columbarium in the space at the back near the trees.

photo by Gensho Florence

If you would like to contribute to the Columbarium project at Tahoma please visit our Donations page. If you would like to volunteer to help with the garden please contact us.

Written by Gensho Florence.
photos by Gensho Florence,  Jiyu Romm and Sozui.

Autumn Kessei 2019

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.
-Hakuin Zenji

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.

Autumn Kessei 2019: October Day of Practice


October 2019 Practice Intensive at Tahoma 

Due to a scheduling conflict we will not hold the October Day of Practice on the usual third Saturday but on the second Saturday, October 12th. This full day of zazen will run from 4:20a.m. until approximately 9:00p.m. with formal Breakfast and Lunch. As we are now in the Autumn Kessei (intensive period) we will be extending the hours of this one day sesshin as well as shifting to the winter samu schedule. Additionally we will formally begin at 4:50pm on Friday October 11th and conclude at 10am after Zazenkai on Sunday. This allows for a full 36 hour weekend Practice Intensive.

We would welcome any donations of prepared meals for the  Practice Intensive (soups, salads or casseroles, or other easy to ready dishes) and would also welcome any assistance with the monastery posts especially mokugyo and tenzo but also temple bells and han. Please contact us at tahoma@whidbey.com with any offers of assistance.

We will continue our study of the Diamond Sutra during the autumn intensive as well as its companion text in the Maha Prajnaparamita The Empty Bowl. We are utilizing the Red Pine translation and commentary for  both the Diamond Sutra and The Empty Bowl if you’d like to engage in this with your own copies of the texts. Additionally we are exploring the commentary by the Sixth Patriarch Hui Neng, in The Sutra of Hui-neng translated by Thomas Cleary.

Further details on practice at Tahoma over this weekend can be found at the end of this post.

The Schedule for this 36 hour weekend intensive will be:

Friday October 11th

5:20pm Seated in Zendo; Gosei
5:30 Zazen; Zazen; Kinhin;
6:30 Zazen; Zazen; Kinhin;
7:30 Zazen; Zazen;
8:30 Kaichin in kitchen
Yaza

Saturday October 12th

4:20 Seated in Zendo; Gosei
4:30 Choka (Sutras); Han; Zazen
5:30 Kinhin; Zazen; Zazen
6:30 Kinhin; Zazen
6:55 Breakfast
Breakfast Cleanup
8:30 Samu (Clappers; meet at deck)
10:00 *Samu ends (Clappers)
10:20  *Seated in Zendo; Gosei
10:30 *Zazen; Zazen; Kinhin;  Zazen
12:00 Lunch
Kitchen Cleanup
1:50 Seated in Zendo; Gosei
2:00 Reading; Zazen; Zazen; Kinhin; Zazen; Zazen
4:00 Supper (optional, informal)
5:20 Seated in Zendo; Gosei
5:30 Uninterrupted Zazen; Han; Kinhin;
6:30 Zazen; Zazen; Kinhin;
7:30 Zazen; Zazen; Kinhin;
8:30 Zazen
9:00 Han; Closing Sutra;
9:15 Kaichin in kitchen
Yaza

Sunday October 13th

4:50am Seated in Zendo; Gosei
5:00 Choka (Sutras); Han; Zazen
5:55 Kinhin; Zazen; Zazen
6:30 Breakfast
Breakfast Cleanup
8:00 Zazenkai
Zazenkai tea

* Note
For Zazenkai prep there is a minimum amount of work that needs to be done. In the case of it not being completed during the scheduled samu time, samu will continue for another half an hour and everything will be shifted accordingly.

Anyone can drop in for any of these zazen periods and stay for as long as they are able. If you plan to stay for any meals, we ask that you email beforehand.  Those here for choka will be assumed to be here for breakfast, those here for morning samu will be assumed to be here for lunch. We will assume anyone who arrives without prior notification is just dropping in for a period or two. Do notify staff during the samu period or breaks about your plans if they differ from these assumptions.

We encourage people to arrive on Friday evening 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. On Sunday there are no monastery activities after Zazenkai and attendees should plan to depart shortly thereafter. Arrangements need to be made in advance for any further residency.

Please email us If you’d like to attend, especially if you will be coming early, staying later, going to be here for a meal, or for any questions:
tahoma@whidbey.com

August 2019 Day of Practice


August Day of Practice at Tahoma 

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.”

Resuming the Day of Practice after our hiatus for the May Training Period we will continue our study of 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:

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)
10:40 Samu ends (Clappers)
11:00  Seated in Zendo; Gosei
11:10 Zazen; Zazen
12:00 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

*  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.

September 2019 Training Month at Tahoma

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.

 

Thank you,
Rozan Lenny Gerson
lenogerson@gmail.com

June 15th Day of Practice


June Day of Practice at Tahoma 

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.”

Resuming the Day of Practice after our hiatus for the May Training Period we will continue our study of 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:

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)
10:40 Samu ends (Clappers)
11:00  Seated in Zendo; Gosei
11:10 Zazen; Zazen
12:00 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

*  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.

Public Teisho at Tahoma

Six Paramitas

Public Teisho by Shodo Harada Roshi

During Osesshin Shodo Harada Roshi will give a daily Teisho (Dharma Talk) on a selection from the Blue Cliff Record (the edition we use is the Thomas Cleary translation if you’d like a copy for reference). These talks are free and open to the public. Anyone can attend. 1 pm daily for 7 days May 6th – May 12th. Approximately 1.5 hours with English translation by Daichi Zenni. Arrive 10-15 minutes early, parking is to the right just past the entrance sign. There will be hosts there to help you with parking and to guide you to the zendo.  Chairs and cushions available in the Zendo.