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  • Bats, Batteries and Broken Stuff

    How do you know that winter is on its way, up here at Yokoji? Is it the drop in temperature, the frosty mornings and the blazing fires heating the rooms? Is it the days which get shorter and...


  • Tractor Woe, Bird Woe

    What A Mess!

    You know how you sometimes plan the whole week ahead, in a degree of detail that although not accounting for each hour per se, you can see clearly how everything...


  • Roshi Cross the Mersey

    Real Men Mix Cement

    Tenshin Roshi left for England yesterday to lead a 6-day sesshin with the UK sangha. Every year Roshi goes out to Crosby, a small village near Liverpool,...


  • Jukai Pics

    Early on Tuesday morning the heavens opened and the rain came pouring down. And down. It has pretty much stopped now but there are still heavy clouds overhead which are forecast to start clearing...


  • Goodbye Sesshin, Hello Jukai

    The end of another sesshin is almost upon us. We still have another 5 weeks of the Fall Training Period left – four more weeks of regular ...


  • Gakki

    Tomorrow we have Maezumi Roshi's monthly memorial service which we will do in the Buddha Hall. This involves a gakki (which according to Google is a 'Memorial service for important teacher in the...


  • Sesshin: Part II

    Last night was the opening of the October 7-day sesshin, number two of the three sesshin that are the cornerstones of each training period at Yokoji. It has been a busy few days! As I mentioned in...


  • Tree Limbs and Hand Rails

    The happy workers of Yokoji unite.

    This week seems to be flying by before I even have a chance to write about it. We have a 7-day sesshin starting on Sunday so this is a short...


  • Thunder and Lightning

    I am in the process of shooting a short video for the Center, something I can put on the website and various other places on the internet to show what life at the Center is like. A companion piece...


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