Deep Yoga and Deep Cleaning
September 05, 2010 by Yugen
I think we are ready. Tomorrow morning is the opening of the Fall Training Period and tomorrow night is the start of the first seven day sesshin. The Buddha Hall, entrance way and study hall are clean. Rachel and Kyren, two of our volunteers for the weekend, did a splendid job of cleaning windows, de-cobwebbing corners and other assorted cleaning tasks. It is important for everything to be clean and fresh, as each training period is a punctuation point in the year at Yokoji - new trainees arrive, new commitments are made, the energy is turned up a notch. Today another trainee arrived - Mr. Graham Grubb from Nashville, Tennessee. Graham plans to be at Yokoji for the training period and longer, so you will no doubt meet him soon in image and word on this very page.
The yoga group, Deep Yoga, arrived yesterday. These guys have been coming every Labor day weekend for years and it is always a pleasure to have them back. Their set-up involves a music system which used to provoke mild terror in my heart as we tried to keep enough juice in the off-grid batteries to power it. The first night introduction would always heavily emphasize the very real risk of a power cut which could plunge them in to a music-less darkness at any point. Now that we have our beefy diesel generator, such worries are a thing of the past. The only time we have power cuts now are when I forget to check the power levels for 4-5 days, which thankfully, isn't that often.
I received an email from one of our members bringing a problem with the new podcasts we have on iTunes to my attention. It turns out that something mysterious is happening with the mp3 on iTunes whereby the talk will start looping at one point, or the duration starts fluctuating. After hours of research I made some progress, but I'm waiting back to hear from the support department of our podcast server. Checking their forums, it looks like many others are waiting, too. So unfortunately, we are temporarily stuck with a bit of weirdness in the iTunes account. You can still hear the talk at www.zmc.org/mediacenter and download it at the same place. However, it is a real shame as the podcast is reaching new people and it's not going to look very professional. But there is nothing I can do about it right now. Ho hum.
Thanks to our volunteers for the weekend for all their help. Jishin and Christ were heaped with compliments from the group for their kitchen work from yet another happy guest group.