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Tahoma-san Sōgen-ji Zen Monastery is a traditional Rinzai Zen Training Zen Monastery in North America. 

The monastery was founded in 1995 by Taigen Shōdō Harada Rōshi, the abbot of Sōgen-ji, a Rinzai Zen training monastery in Okayama, Japan, and Daichi Zenni, his senior student and translator. Harada Roshi and Daichi Zenni both trained under Mumon Yamada Roshi of Myoshin Ji. Located on Whidbey Island just north of Seattle in Washington State, U.S.A., Tahoma Zen Monastery maintains a daily schedule of morning and evening meditation (daily schedule can be seen here), intensive meditation training with Shodo Harada Roshi three times a year (in February, May, and September, to be on the mailing list for info click https://onedropzendo.us2.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=dd39207973062b98763b15272&id=519f3ac11d ), and short (5-6 day) sesshin with Daichi Zenni in between February, May, and September. Announcements are sent out in Monastery Messages (sign up for mailing list here) or by emailing tahoma@whidbey.com or calling the Monastery on Whidbey at (360) 331-4142. 

Members support the local community by providing respite retreats for caregivers and the operation of Enso House, a home for people who are dying.

Harada Roshi was formally installed as Abbot of Tahoma Zen Monastery on September 14, 2011, although he continues his intensive teaching schedule at Sogenji and around the world. His disciples Daichi Roshi and Dairin Zenji were installed as Assistant Abbots at that time. 

Contact Tahoma - San Sogenji Zen Monastery

phone: 360.331.4142
email:   tahoma@whidbey.com

Website: https://www.tahomazenmonastery.com


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ZAZEN Schedule: 

Morning Chanting and Zazen from 5:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.

Evening Zazen is 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Zazen (sitting meditation) is in 25 minute periods 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. https://www.tahomazenmonastery.com/tahoma-monastery/#residency


Sundays at 8:00 a.m- 9:00 a.m. Followed by Tea from 9-10 am (currently online )

Zazenkai includes sutra chanting, zazen, walking meditation, and a short reading of texts by Shodo Harada Roshi.  Afterwards there is an opportunity for questions, discussion, and conversation.

OSESSHIN (generally)

 3:20: Wake Up Bell 

3:50 On Cushion

4:00 Sutras

5:00 Baito/Zazen/Sanzen

6:55 Breakfast 

8:00 Samu

9:20 On Cushion

9:30 Zazen

11:55 Lunch

12:35 On Cushion

1:00 Teisho

3:00 Exercise

3:55 Supper

5:50 On Cushion

6:00 Golden Hour

7:00 Zazen/Sanzen

9:00 Sarei/Sutras

KoSesshin Schedule with Daichi Zenni

3:20 A.M. On Cushion
4:00 Choka (morning chanting)
4:40 Zazen
5:00 Zazen, Sanzen
7:00 Breakfast

 7:40 Personal cleaning

8:15 Samu (work)
10:00 break

10:20 Zazen

12:30 Lunch

4:00 Freestyle supper
4:50 On Cushion
5:00 Zazen
6:30 zazen, sanzen
8:30 Sarei (tea)
9:00 Kachin
9:30 Yaza

All day sit; third Saturday of the month, except for Sept, Feb, May (training periods). 

Contact Information

Telephone:  +1 (360) 331-4142
Email: tahoma@tahomazenmonastery.com
Web:  www.tahomazenmonastery.com

Finally, a few words about NAMES:

Traditionally, Buddhist monasteries in Japan and China have been named after mountains. Keeping with this tradition, the name “Tahoma” was selected for the name of the monastery on Whidbey Island. Tahoma is the original, ancient name for Mt. Rainier which can be seen from a bluff near the Monastery land. Considered sacred for millennia, the mountain has deep and broad meaning in the Native American tradition, whose name Tahoma can be interpreted as “Having Unseen Powers” or “The Place Where Waters Begin.”

The suffix “-san” of “Tahoma-san” means “mountain” in Japanese. In Japanese the Kanji (多法摩山) for Tahoma-san means “place of abundant Dharma”.

“Sōgen-ji” is used in the formal name to emphasize the connection between the American monastery on Whidbey Island and its “parent” monastery in Japan.

“Rōshi” is a Japanese honorific title used in Zen Buddhism that literally means “old teacher” or “elder master.” Shodo Harada's surname is Harada. Born in August 26, 1940 in Nara, Japan, his given name was Seichō. After training for 20 years with his teacher Yamada Mumon Roshi, he was given the monk name Shōdō, meaning “True Way.” Occasionally, he also uses the name “Taigen,” a second name given by his teacher.

 Ho On Sha Toku - Received in Thankfulness 

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Tahoma San Mountain from Tahoma-San Sogenji Bluff

Roshi's vision from the early 80s was a monastery in United States where monastics would practice quieting the mind together and lay people could come for an hour, a day, a week, a month, or a year to settle and quiet themselves. 

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