Yokoji-Zen Mountain Center



  • No Change

    Today the center was pretty much as we had left it—it seems the storm that hit yesterday either missed the valley or simply had little effect.

  • The Next Day

    Yesterday was bad, but today was almost unbelievable. The road is barely even recognizable as a road at this point, with channels many feet deep criss-crossing it at various points and many parts totally washed out exposing culverts and previously buried phone wires.

  • A Turn for the Worse

    Following yesterdays storm, Apple Canyon Road is closed. The whole valley is full of debris flow, the paved road only navigatable after it was cleared by Caltrans. The mile long road to the center was barely accessible this morning. Yokoji was hit harder than ever.

  • After the Storm

    Over the weekend, we experienced the heaviest rain fall since the storm that followed the fire. In fact, Tenshin Roshi who was present for part of the storm thought it was some of the heaviest rain he has ever seen at Mountain Center. The good news: we incurred almost no damage.

  • Sunday Schedule Cancelled

    The program at Yokoji is cancelled for Sunday August 25th. There are flash flood warnings for our area from early Sunday morning through Monday night. They are predicting debris flow in our area...

  • Uncertainty Remains

    The report that we had hoped would be available last week from the US Forest Service has still not materialized. In fact, we are now unsure if there is even going to be the public meeting as it...

  • Post-Fire Report Postponed

    We were informed yesterday that the Forest Service report on recommendations for Apple Canyon will be finished, and the public meeting scheduled for, some time toward the end of next week. We have received some very useful information from a number of p

  • Where We Stand Today

    As of today, we have resumed the summer interim schedule at Yokoji. The Sunday Schedule will be going ahead as usual this weekend. We have canceled the August sesshin and Day of Zen Practice as we do not want to host anyone beyond the residents right now. Read on for the reasons why.

  • Latest from Zen Center cleanup

    Yesterday, Tom Kloefkorn, a local plumber and member of Yokoji repaired the wells and got the water flowing into the tanks. The entire line from the wells to the tanks—a few hundred feet—was...

  • Mountain Fire at Zen Center: Update

    Over the last couple of days, a small crew worked through the day and into the night at Yokoji, evacuating when the rain intensified bringing the risk of mud slides. We worked along side fire crews to try and mitigate the damage: picnic tables, debris and rocks were washed down through the grounds, blocking the flow of water through the stream bed.

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