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  • Ask not what your practice can do for you…

    Part of living at Yokoji for a long period of time is witnessing the changing residency. At the beginning of fall training period, Yugen introduced the “current crew”. With fall training...


  • Dharma Combat

    A reminder that this Sunday at Yokoji, Jean Yuho Ford will engage in Dharma Combat with the assembly. That's you guys. Please come along to support Yuho and the other trainees by taking part in...


  • Wood Smoke

    The fall training period continues to unfold here at Yokoji as temperatures drop and the old familiar scent of wood smoke starts to compliment morning and evening zazen. The second Sesshin of the...


  • The Fall Trainee Line-up

    With the Fall Training Period underway, we have a number of new residents, some here just for a month or two and some here for the long haul. Jokai and I went around this morning - camera in my...


  • End of Summer

    One of the things you notice if you live at Yokoji for a while is just how many people come and go through the temple gates. Obviously, we have visitors: day trippers, retreat participants, hikers...


  • Trenchtown Rocks

    At the end of May we launched our summer fundraising campaign, "Build & Maintain: 2012". It is now early July and we have already raised over $10,000 (which was our target) and done the...


  • Different Hats

    Spring Training period is already a distant memory. One delusion I like to practice in training period is that when Interim training period comes along, I will have lots of time to do everything....


  • Dharma Combat

    Kokai's Dharma combat ceremony is coming up this Sunday, May 13th, at 11am. Please come along and support him (try and be in the zendo by 10:45am) and feel free to ask a question during the dharma...


  • Alive or Dead

    The April sesshin is about to finish. People have come and gone and the passing of the 7 days has felt both fast and slow. There is a sense of the infinite contained within the strict regime of...


  • Working Title

    One of the great gifts of a long period of residency at Yokoji, is the chance to experience formal zen training in many different states of being. Joy, anger, fatigue, frustration, boredom,...


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