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  • Independence Day

    Yesterday we, along with the rest of the country, celebrated the 4th of July. I’ve never been a big fan of national holidays, primarily because I ‘ve never had a job where I got time off....


  • Celebrating Vesak at Yokoji

    Today we celebrated Vesak, the commemoration of the Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death. Renka and Enguetsu rose early to create a wonderful floral bower for the Buddha, depicted as a child...


  • Zen International

    We pride ourselves on being an internationally-minded Zen Center, but even we were surprised when we realized that of our 8 current residents, there were 7 different nationalities...


  • A Day of Zen Practice

    Spring is in full flow here at the Center. It’s quite an easy transition to say goodbye - at least for now - to the snow and its attendant difficulties. Migrant birds are returning to the canyon...


  • Bees and Blossoms

    We have an old tree that is in the middle of the triangular patch of ground in front of the office that looks like it is dead. It is charred all up the trunk, looking like it was struck by...


  • Spring Training Unfolds

    A couple of weeks into Spring Training Period and life at the Center is very full. We began on March 3rd with a Training Period Entering which we did a little differently with the installation of...


  • Weather Update

    The Sunday program will go ahead as usual tomorrow. We did get snow but the roads are plowed. There is still some mud and slush and a few spots of snow to contend with, so please drive with care.


  • Speed Kills

    With Spring training period looming, it is time to reflect upon intentions. What is it that needs to be done in the next three months? I've got my answer.


  • New Shiny Blog

    The first big snow storm of the year in the finals few weeks of the Winter Interim Period here at Yokoji. The Spring Training Period is coming up. Find out who will be leading it this time...


  • Fundraising, grant writing and a smattering of snow

    Even though winter does not officially begin until December 21st, there is nothing autumnal about what I can see through the office window today. The sky is a smoky white color, concealing the...


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