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  • 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...


  • Beth Joshi Mulligan - Dharma Combat Ceremony

    In preparing for the my Dharma Combat ceremony, I found that the word ceremony has its origins from the Latin ‘caeromonia’ which is related to the word cura or cure, the act of healing or...


  • Beth Joshi Mulligan - Fall training period week 9

    I’m writing to you on this chilly Thanksgiving Day from my home office. I have many things to be grateful for every day, but today -especially, the magnitude of the opportunity I had to practice...


  • Beth Joshi Mulligan - Fall training period week 7

    Fall training period week 7

    This morning I lost my Rakusu. In case you don’t know, a Rakusu is a garment a Zen Buddhist wears after they have taken the precepts formally with their...


  • Beth Joshi Mulligan - Fall training period week 6

    The word and the phenomenon of change are vividly with me today as I write this. The time has changed, so when we get up to sit in the morning, the dawn is just breaking, instead of walking to...


  • Beth Joshi Mulligan - Fall training period week 5

    “Practice doesn’t have to look like anything.”

    Last night as I was driving back to Yokoji, I saw a huge white barn owl flapping its enormous wings in the night sky. A few miles...


  • Beth Joshi Mulligan - Fall training period week 4

    As I head into week five of the fall training period, I have a joyful heart. At least right at

    this particular moment which is all I have anyway. (Regardless of what my shamelessly...


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