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  • 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...


  • Beth Joshi Mulligan - Fall training period week 3

    We’re heading into week four of the fall training period at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center and every day sometimes every hour or moment there are new things to be learned. Last week I wrote about...


  • Beth Joshi Mulligan - Fall training period week 2

    At the end of the second week of the fall training period at Yokoji, I attended the regular Sunday program in my new role as Head Trainee. For many years I have spent my Sunday mornings in this...


  • Fall Training Period

    It’s the second week of the fall training period at Yokoji Zen mountain Center, and we’ve just completed a seven day sesshin. The word sesshin means to “Unify the Mind”. What I noticed in...


  • Poem for Koun Taizan Maezumi Roshi by Tenshin Fletcher Roshi

    Koun Taizan

    20 years since your passing

    Mindlessly your teaching unfolds.

    Is it yours or the Ancient Buddhas?

    No need for possession or place,

    Yet when you...


  • Happy (Snowy) New Year!

    As 2014 fell away at the stroke of midnight and the time keeper for the New Year's Sesshin struck the twelfth bell and let out a jubilent cheer of "Happy New Year!", so began a new year,...


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