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  • Soto Zen Buddhist Association Conference

    This fall, the bi-annual SZBA conference was held at Great Vow Monastery in Clatskanie, OR. A few days following my shiho (dharma transmission) week, I traveled north to represent Yokoji at the...


  • No Damage to the Center

    This past weekend, Hurricane Norbert delivered a lot of moisture into our vicinity. We took the precautions of canceling the Sunday schedule and moving the Yokoji residents (both human and canine)...


  • Sunday Schedule Canceled

    Due to the weather, the Sunday Schedule for September 7th is canceled. According to the latest weather forecast, we are expecting heavy rain from Sunday morning through Tuesday, with a flash flood...


  • Post-storm update

    A few weeks ago a storm passed through the valley and over the course of 25 minutes, rained heavily, triggering the most debris flow we have experienced since last summer. The storm was both cause...


  • Sunday Schedule Canceled—Sesshin 1-day Delay

    Due to the current weather, the Sunday schedule for tomorrow (August 3rd) is canceled. The sesshin due to start tomorrow will now start on Monday instead, with registration beginning at 3:30pm on...


  • Practicing Through the Yokoji Fire and Floods

    Two weeks ago marked the anniversary of the Mountain Fire. We have made huge progress since the devastation that occurred last summer and fall. The damage has been repaired, preventative...


  • Dharma Combat Spring 2014

    Congratulations to Susan Yushin Tipton who finished her period as the head trainee with the traditional dharma combat ceremony. The ceremony was held on May 18th, on the last day of both the May...


  • Jukai: Taking the Precepts

    Congratulations to Susan Yushin Tipton and Muriel Sokei Sasaki who received the Buddhist precepts from Tenshin Roshi today at the conclusion of the April 2014 sesshin.

    Susan was given the...


  • Training Period Underway

    The Spring Training Period started as planned on Monday, March 3rd. It started on time according to plan B, that is, which was rapidly formed as the huge storm that swept through a few weeks back...


  • Weathered the Storm

    The storm has now spent itself—there are still clouds lingering and the occasional spell of light rain, but the worst has definitely passed. The grounds this morning were no more damaged than...


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