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  • A Path to Precepts by Rebecca Greenslade

    As I sit down to write, I am still mulling over the echoes of a conversation I had over breakfast with a guest from the group we were hosting this past weekend. He asked me what led me to Yokoji...


  • Deepening Practice...or not? by Beth Joshi Mulligan

    Recently I was asked to give a talk on “Deepening Practice” at a Dharma center. My first thought was, “I don’t know what that means.” Followed by ,”I guess I’ll have to decline or...


  • A Few Words from Yushin

    Jokai, Dylan, and I just returned from a lovely, uplifting, much needed vacation. Jim (Yugen) and Melissa kindly invited us to stay at their place near Joshua Tree while they were away on their...


  • Functions of a Zen Temple by Beth Joshi Mulligan

    There are many functions of a Zen temple; one of them is, it is a safe and strong place to hold us when we’re going through difficulties. It also provides some structure through ritual which for...


  • A Book Recommendation From Yushin

    I recently encountered (through the world of books) a person and writer whom I respect. I find it fascinating to read the words of someone who is authentically exploring what it means to be a...


  • Reflections From Yushin

    The days are lengthening and this week’s bright sun and warmth is a welcome respite from weeks of the colder temperatures one might expect in the mountains in February. Though it feels like...


  • Beth Joshi Mulligan - Working with Koans

    It has been 6 weeks’ yesterday since the fall training period ended. I’m home on this cold Monday night writing in front of the wood stove in my living room while a group of practitioners are...


  • Weather Conditions Effecting - Sunday, January 10th

    The recent storm dumped somewhere between 9 and 12 inches of snow at Yokoji. After clearing the road with our snow plow, a further inch of snow then fell and froze on the ground. The present...


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