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  • Soggy Zen

    Even the blue sky of California has a bad day sometimes

    The Fall Training Period is now officially under way. The week leading up to it, was as predicted, exhausting, which...


  • Training Period Looms

    The Fall Training Period is creeping up on us with a single solitary week standing between us and it. Training Period at Yokoji, I'm convinced, is a truly valuable way to spend the better part of...


  • Jizo Day

    Today was Jizo Day. Every year we hold a special service, honoring Jizo Bodhisattva, the one who protects and nurtures. In Buddhism, we have a number of different Bodhisattvas who embody various...


  • Change is Afoot

    What is it they say about sleeping dogs?

    We held the monthly memorial service for Maezumi Roshi today. On the 14th of every month, we hold a service at the memorial site,...


  • Ol' Smokey

    Our new resident, Kate

    As I was walking to the office yesterday morning at about 8:50am I noticed a light haze in the sky around the peaks of the mountains. I figured it must...


  • The complicated business of business

    I've had a busy week in the office. Next Sunday we have our quarterly board meeting, at which I usually present the financial report to see how we are doing in line with the budget that was set at...


  • Summer Sesshin

    We just finished our first sesshin since the Spring Training Period. In the summer we have two or three weekend sesshin which typically start on the Friday night and finish on Sunday morning just...


  • Home Sweet Home

    Mystery moth that we found

    I got back last week from a 4 week vacation in sunny old England. I say that ironically, for those unfamiliar with the far from tropical climes of...


  • Yokoji's 2011 summer team!

    Fortunately a good crew will continue to live at Yokoji! And I would like to shed a light on them as they will be the ones who continue to make it possible for you to come and practice at...


  • The crew is getting smaller...

    This month four of us are finishing residency at the Center. Tomorrow Chiso san, our Japanese monk, will be the first to leave. He has been with us for a month and was a real asset--totally...


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