Yokoji Zen Mountain Center: A Short Film
December 03, 2010 by Yugen
Apologies for a blatant lack of blogging over the past few days which have amounted to a length of time-elapsed better counted by weeks and parts thereof than the casual 24 hour period. So what is new in the mountains, I ask myself as I try and think of what to write? Well...
Ben Smith left for Chicago yesterday having completed his Fall Training Period scholarship. It was great having him here and I've got a feeling we may not have seen the back of him (I mean that in a nice way). Jishin is off for a few days and Travis and Judy are back so we have 6 residents this week - Travis, Judy, Graham, Jim Prall, Pierre and myself. We have a couple of residents scheduled to arrive later in the month, one for 1-2 months and the other for a possible open-ended stay. It is great having residents here in the winter, and having enough to cover each other as folks head home for Thanksgiving, Christmas etc. We have our New Year's sesshin coming up at the end of the month which is often the most attended of the year, so we will all be here for that. At least that is the plan.
I am still waiting on a tool to come to fix the tractor which seems to have gotten stuck in the slow and sticky seasonal mail that USPS provides at this time of year, quite understandably. So if you come up in the next few days, or if you visited in the last week, and wonder(ed) why the road is so bumpy - that is why. I hope to get it straightened up as soon as possible. Judy is taking care of house keeping, Travis and Pierre are working sometimes with Roshi finishing off the water run-off channel above the stone wall, and sometimes cutting and splitting wood. Graham is now working in the office, being trained up in the wonders of book keeping and general administrative tasks. I have been working on a fundraiser project for the winter that will be going out soon, as soon as it has been approved. Graham and I have split the duties for covering Jishin in the kitchen while she is away, although in the interim period it is only lunch that is served, so it's not much to do. So in summary, we are all well rested after a bit of time off and are straight back in to the swing of things here at the Center.
I have finally completed the short film about life at Yokoji. I will post it on the website properly in the next few days, but it is posted below for your review. It is in HD so it might take a while to load depending on your connection (it is about 230MB) but you can download it rather than stream it if you prefer. Then you can watch it in full screen glory!