Tahoma Zen Monastery


Located on 60 acres of land on Whidbey Island, the Tahoma Monastery is a Zen training center for people in the United States and the West. In 1997, Ross was invited to the home monastery of Sogen-ji, near Okayama, Japan, to experience monastic life first-hand. In collaboration with master teacher Shodo Harada Roshi, he designed the site plan based on traditional temple layout. In addition, five buildings were designed to fit their Northwest location while reflecting their Japanse roots.

To date, much of the infrastructure and the Kitchen Building has been constructed and modular buildings have been brought in to make the center operational. Local landscape designer, Fran Abel, has been coordinating the installation of the landscape and gardens.