If you wish to come sit at Tahoma for the first time, please arrive 30 minutes early, and someone will show you how to enter the zendo, sit comfortably, and a short introduction to breathing from your tanden (lower belly). Please wear loose comfortable dark or plain colored clothing. Chairs and Zazen benches available.
Where: Tahoma Zen Monastery Zendo 6499 Wahl Rd, Freeland, WA 98249. Park near the entrance and walk past the office and kitchen down the road to the Zendo. There are bathrooms in the Zendo lobby. Remove shoes, enter the lobby, then bow at the entrance to the Zendo toward the altar and find a comfortable available seat. There is a sutra book for chanting under your cushion.
Watch this introductory video by Taigen Shodo Harada Roshi on How to Sit Zazen, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LL2XUTeoUsM
And you can contact the monastery for zen and meditation instruction. Please come regardless of your experience! Sit down and quiet your mind.
DAILY ZAZEN SCHEDULE
Choka (chanting) starts at 5:00 a.m. and finishes around 5:40 a.m.
Zazen meditation is from 5:40 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.
Evening Zazen is 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
We do zazen (sitting meditation) in periods of 25 minutes with a few minutes of break in between. Please be in the Zendo and on a cushion ten minutes before zazen begins. If you arrive after a period has started, please wait in the entrance area on a cushion until the period ends before coming into the Zendo. Chairs and kneeling benches are available.
Residents of the Monastery follow this schedule; however, non-residents are welcome to drop in anytime for one or more periods without previous announcement.
ZAZENKAI- Good for beginning and continuing students of Zazen
Sundays at 8:00 a.m. Two short sits with a short Chi gung exercise between. Tea at 9:00 a.m.
Please come 10 minutes early.
Zazenkai includes sutra chanting, zazen, walking meditation, and a short reading of texts by Shodo Harada Roshi. Afterwards, tea and sweets are served in the dining hall, and there is an opportunity for questions, discussion, and conversation.
Typical schedule of short SESSHIN
4:00 am Wake up bell
4:20 am On cushion
4:30 am Sutras
5:10 am Zazen
6:55 am Breakfast
7:30 am Clean-up
8:00 am Samu
9:30 am Break
9:50 am On cushion
10:00 am Zazen
12:40 pm Break, Naptime
1:30 pm Zazen
2:45 pm Break
3:00 pm Long kinhin/exercise
4:15 pm Optional Supper
5:20 pm On cushion
5:30 pm Zazen
9:00 pm Yaza