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  • A Path to Precepts by Rebecca Greenslade

    As I sit down to write, I am still mulling over the echoes of a conversation I had over breakfast with a guest from the group we were hosting this past weekend. He asked me what led me to Yokoji...


  • Deepening Practice...or not? by Beth Joshi Mulligan

    Recently I was asked to give a talk on “Deepening Practice” at a Dharma center. My first thought was, “I don’t know what that means.” Followed by ,”I guess I’ll have to decline or...


  • A Few Words from Yushin

    Jokai, Dylan, and I just returned from a lovely, uplifting, much needed vacation. Jim (Yugen) and Melissa kindly invited us to stay at their place near Joshua Tree while they were away on their...


  • Functions of a Zen Temple by Beth Joshi Mulligan

    There are many functions of a Zen temple; one of them is, it is a safe and strong place to hold us when we’re going through difficulties. It also provides some structure through ritual which for...


  • A Book Recommendation From Yushin

    I recently encountered (through the world of books) a person and writer whom I respect. I find it fascinating to read the words of someone who is authentically exploring what it means to be a...


  • Reflections From Yushin

    The days are lengthening and this week’s bright sun and warmth is a welcome respite from weeks of the colder temperatures one might expect in the mountains in February. Though it feels like...


  • Beth Joshi Mulligan - Working with Koans

    It has been 6 weeks’ yesterday since the fall training period ended. I’m home on this cold Monday night writing in front of the wood stove in my living room while a group of practitioners are...


  • Weather Conditions Effecting - Sunday, January 10th

    The recent storm dumped somewhere between 9 and 12 inches of snow at Yokoji. After clearing the road with our snow plow, a further inch of snow then fell and froze on the ground. The present...


  • Beth Joshi Mulligan - There is an old Zen saying...

    There is an old Zen saying (I think) “Before enlightenment: chop wood carry water, after enlightenment: chop wood carry water”. Or to quote the title of a great book by Buddhist teacher Jack...


  • Weather Conditions - Sunday, December 13th

    There is some frozen snow and there are some icy patches on the dirt road approach to Yokoji this morning. Please exercise caution if you are coming in today for the Sunday morning...


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