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  • 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,...


  • Soto Zen Buddhist Association Conference

    This fall, the bi-annual SZBA conference was held at Great Vow Monastery in Clatskanie, OR. A few days following my shiho (dharma transmission) week, I traveled north to represent Yokoji at the...


  • No Damage to the Center

    This past weekend, Hurricane Norbert delivered a lot of moisture into our vicinity. We took the precautions of canceling the Sunday schedule and moving the Yokoji residents (both human and canine)...


  • Sunday Schedule Canceled

    Due to the weather, the Sunday Schedule for September 7th is canceled. According to the latest weather forecast, we are expecting heavy rain from Sunday morning through Tuesday, with a flash flood...


  • Post-storm update

    A few weeks ago a storm passed through the valley and over the course of 25 minutes, rained heavily, triggering the most debris flow we have experienced since last summer. The storm was both cause...


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