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  • Stormy Weather

    We are currently experiencing some minor turbulence. There is stormy weather approaching. Luckily, the storm that is creeping up is quite literally a weather front rather than a metaphorical...


  • Tibetans in Technicolor

    We are now in the height of guest season and things are busy. Like any other business involved in the hospitality industry (obviously not our raison d'être, but an actuality nonetheless), there...


  • Move Over Summer - Fall is Here.

    We have had few nights in the last month where the temperature would suddenly plummet during the night, going from a daytime 70-80ºF to a cold somewhere-in-the-50sºF kind of a feel. Summer...


  • That's Reverend Yugen to you

    Here are a couple of pictures from my tokudo ceremony today. I really enjoyed the whole thing and was touched that many people came out to be here and witness the ceremony. Thank you to everyone...


  • Hair On, Hair Off

    Tomorrow is a pretty big day for me. There are only so many milestones in a Zen career, or at least ones that are visible on the horizon from where I stand, and tomorrow I will reach a pretty...


  • Mr. Miyagi

    Today is the first full day of regular schedule training period. 5:00am wake up, zazen, service, breakfast, work, lunch, work, zazen, dinner, zazen, bed. In that order. With a bit of a break after...


  • The Power of Coffee

    Someone's got the right idea!

    Day 5. That is what popped into my head at 4:30am this morning as my alarm went off. Often during sesshin, before the day starts to flow and...


  • Stink Bugs and Sesshin

    We are now in sesshin. I don't feel so much like writing as there is not a lot to report. As anyone who has sat a sesshin will know, although there may be a bunch of internal goings on, there is...


  • Deep Yoga and Deep Cleaning

    I think we are ready. Tomorrow morning is the opening of the Fall Training Period and tomorrow night is the start of the first seven day sesshin. The Buddha Hall, entrance way and study hall are...


  • Ask and You Shall Receive

    Stone Walls don't build themselves.

    This week the residents get a break, working from 8:45am to 5:30pm with optional zazen in the evenings and mornings. Zazen is not...


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