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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.


-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.

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