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August 13, 2010 by Yugen Lakey

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Yokoji Zen Mountain Center

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 peaceful bliss and talking about being one with everything?" Sure. Sometimes. But the rest of the time, 99% of the time to be exact, we are up to our elbows in a variety of tasks.

The plan is to give you, the humble and (I hope) faithful reader, an insight in to the goings on in a residential Zen Training Center. Please feel free to leave comments. Enjoy!


  • Helen Lakey:

    22 Aug 2010 10:49:58

    Loved the blog!

    Re the bloggers’ universe: coincidentally, I just read a book review for ‘The Shallows:How the Internet changes the Way We Think, Read and Remember’. Its thesis: we skitter over information now, so that our brains have become less good at sustained concentration; remembering information processed; and deep reading. “Distracted from distraction by distraction.”

    In many ways – the very antitheses of Zen. But, as you suggest, the ‘real world’ is the one we have to operate in. A dilemma, then young Yugen?!

    But then your narrative style – illustrating everyday life at YZMC, the satisfaction of work, the joy from a dog’s wagging tail, ‘kind of liking’ rising at 5.10!? seems to get to the heart of ‘real living’. For me, your blog is a reminder of the joy of the mundane as opposed to the ‘gratification’ of stuff we buy to make ourselves feel good.

    Be cheered that many may yet hang on your every word.

  • Victoria Posthuma:

    23 Aug 2010 04:19:48

    this blog is so lovely, and well written. finding the center in midst of a chaotic time in my life has been one of the most pivotal life experiences that’s ever occured for me.

    i have an anchor now.. and it’s laced with simplicity, beauty, grace, gratitude and harmony.

    thank you.

  • Arthur WaYu Kennedy:

    24 Aug 2010 19:29:43

    Yugen, Thanks for doing this blog and especially for your kind words about me.

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