Tahoma Sogenji monastery

A 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.

Sundays at 8:00 a.m.

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. Tea can last up to one hour, 9-10 am. 

Kosesshin Schedule

3:50 A.M. On Cushion
4:00 Choka (morning chanting)
4:40 Zazen
5:00 Zazen, Sanzen
7:00 Breakfast

7:40 Personal cleaning
8:00 Temple Cleaning
8:30 Samu (work)
10:15 tea break- until 10:45 A.M.
12:00 Samu ends

12:30 Lunch
4:00 Freestyle supper
4:50 On Cushion
5:00 Zazen (3 periods)
6:30 Zazen, sanzen
8:30 Sarei (formal tea), Zazen
9:00 Kachin (evening chanting)
9:30 Yaza (night sitting)

Osesshin  Schedule: 

3:50: Wake Up Bell

4:20 On Cushion

4:30 Sutras/Baito

5:00 Zazen/Sanzen

6:55 Breakfast 

8:00 Samu


9:2On 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



5:00 pm Orientation and supper
5:50 pm On cushion
6:00 pm Zazen
9:00 pm Yaza

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
11:55 Lunch
12:40 pm Break
1:30 pm Zazen/Reading of Harada Roshi's Teachings
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

4:00 am Wake up bell
4:20 am On cushion
4:30 am Sutras
5:10 am Zazen
6:30 am Informal Breakfast

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