September 30, 2010 by Yugen
We are currently experiencing some minor turbulence. There is stormy weather approaching. Luckily, the storm that is creeping up is quite literally a weather front rather than a metaphorical status update regarding the Yokoji community as we head in to the fourth week of training period. We are, as it happens, all doing well. At least I am doing well, and since no one is in tears and we still have the same amount of trainees that we started with, I will presumptuously extend this sense of well-being to all. In fact, we will be two trainees up as of later on tonight. Travis Suiryu Eiseman and Judy Weiss will be coming to Yokoji for an indefinite period of time, both former residents of the Center who are coming back for more. Travis is a monk and senior student, and as many of you know, is pretty mean with a chainsaw. He is more tree arborist than leatherface, though, to put any wandering minds at rest.
We have another large guest group coming up this weekend. Chapman University run a leadership retreat at the Center twice a year and have been doing so for a long time. Dr. Mark Maier leads the retreat and the students always seem to love coming up to the mountains. Again, we have a few volunteers lined up to help out which is great news.
Tenshin Roshi is off to Long Beach today to give a talk to the still nascent sangha. It normally takes a while for a core of trainees to commit to a center of practice and as the Long Beach Zen Group has only been going for about six months it will likely take a bit of time before it is really established. There can be a lot of folks coming through the door, but it takes while before people start to stick and form the bones of a community. There are already a number of people who are attending regularly which is good to see. Hopefully the Long Beach Zen Group is here to stay.