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  • Fire and Ice

    I'm in the process of putting together the Community Journal for the first quarter of 2012 and the dharma talk for this issue is Tozan's 'No heat or cold'. Bill Shinjin Butler selects and...


  • Same sky different moon

    It is now almost three weeks since the end of the Fall Training Period. Long enough at Yokoji for it to become a distant memory, ungraspable like everything else. Three weeks is also long enough...


  • Solar Power and Final Seals

    I am excited to announce that yesterday we completed the solar install. I say completed, but it seems that really there is no such thing. The new panels are up and working, but we still have some...


  • Occupy Yokoji

    Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

    Tomorrow the residents will gather at the Inryo (Tenshin Roshi's House) for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. We are all enjoying a - hopefully - well-deserved...


  • We Got the White Stuff

    The Fall that has felt like an extension of late summer up until now has turned wintry quickly. The temperature has dropped in to the 30s (both highs and lows) and we have had a couple of days of...


  • Sesshin in Liverpool

    Tenshin Roshi and Keizan Sensei facilitated a sesshin in the UK last week. 50 people from all over the world (UK, Germany, Norway, Netherlands, Estonia, New Zealand, USA) attended and I'm very...


  • This rudderless ship is sailing just fine

    A still image from one of the videos I'm working on—Keijo doing zazen.

    Tenshin Roshi is away in England for a couple of weeks, returning on October 30th. Every year he goes...


  • Still using Internet Explorer? Read on...

    For the past few months I've been working on a new version of the zmc.org website. It is not a radical departure - it looks pretty much the same just with more pages and more content. The site is...


  • Mid Training Period Weather Report

    Tired with an increasing chance of afternoon thunderstorms.

    Well here I finally am, typing away at my first blog post for Yokoji (my first blog post ever in fact). I've been...


  • Rain, snakes and Subarus

    The snake in question

    One of the main problems of living on the side of a valley largely composed of dirt is that when rain hits it really takes its toll. This week we were...


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