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  • 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...


  • Humming Birds and Four-Wheel Drive

    We have recently been lucky with volunteers coming up, especially at the weekends, and today was no exception. Craig Zenkei Courtright came up to clean windows. Anne Riley did some laundry and...


  • Fire Suppression and Fly Oppression

    Yesterday we received a visit from Steve, a contractor for the local fire prevention service. Following our annual camp inspection by environmental health, we were told that our kitchen needed...


  • Echoes in the Valley

    The tractor and backhoe have been reunited in the way that only a tractor and backhoe can be: with very heavy gauge bolts. Shinko Sensei, Tenshin Roshi's successor, who lived here at Yokoji for...


  • Blogging and Backhoes

    Blogging can be a somewhat cynical enterprise. This is a new realization for me, as a novice in the already-crowded universe of the blogger. Having created just a few posts so far, my inclination...


  • Wednesday is the New Monday

    After a couple of days off from the schedule, which is a luxury peculiar to the interim period, Wednesday morning can be grueling. For me it is a bit like jumping in to cold water - the initial...


  • Sunday Schedule

    The Sunday Schedule opens Yokoji to the public, and the rhythm and atmosphere of the Center changes. For the residents, dawn zazen is replaced with the opportunity for a little more sleep before...


  • Saturday

    Jonen and Jishin in the kitchen

    Saturday. Time to relax. Perhaps a bit of shopping, a walk in the park, dinner with friends. Not here. Saturday is a regular day at Yokoji -...


  • Here goes...

    Welcome to the Yokoji Zen Mountain Center blog! "Why", I hear you ask, "does a Zen Center need a blog? Aren't you too busy meditating, hanging out up in the clouds somewhere, dwelling in states of...


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