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Rain. New Carpet. More Rain.

December 17, 2010 by Yugen

Jim Lakey Rev. Jim Yugen Lakey
Yokoji Zen Mountain Center

Rain. New Carpet. More Rain.

The dogs definitely prefer the snow to the rain

Having basked in the warm, blue-skied Californian month of December for the past couple of weeks, it was clear that at some point it would get a bit more wintry. That has now happened. I drove in to Idyllwild this afternoon to run some errands and on the way back it looked like Apple Canyon was acting as a drain hole for the whole of Garner Valley, with the dark clouds being sucked between the peaks and spat out on the other side, over Palm Springs, or thereabouts. The weather is forecast to continue for the next week or so, which is good as it will make the road surface easier to work on with the grader blade. It has been a bit bumpy since the last storm when the tractor was down and we couldn't patch up the road. We'll have to wait until the rain is done though, as I learned the hard way what happens when you try and grade a dirt road with more rain on the way. It gets swampy. Quickly.

Laying the new carpet in the Buddha Hall

The guys were installing a new carpet in the Buddha Hall today. We have had the carpet here for a while now, and it was being saved as a rainy day project, and today was that rainy day. So as long as Taikan got his measurements right, we should have the installation finished by the weekend, so you can all come and enjoy the newness of it! It is pretty much the same color as the last one, a bit darker maybe, so we'll see how many folks notice the change. Many sesshin participants speak vividly of seeing faces, animals and other nebulous forms in the pile of the carpet in the Buddha Hall while their gaze is lowered during zazen. It is amazing how even a carpet can become a source of entertainment when there is absolutely nothing else to do. Breathe in... breathe out.... ohh! A Tyrannosaurus Rex chasing a three legged dog being pushed in a wheelbarrow by a giant turtle.... breathe in...breathe out...

Bryan Kokai Mestman is back with us for a chunk of the winter and we are expecting a new resident to arrive tomorrow, Angelika from Germany, so it is nice that the community is not dwindling like it so often does at this time of year. Cherie Keijo has been helping out a few days a week as well which has been great. Her family runs a chimney sweeping company in the local town of Idyllwild so she arranged for the sweep to come around and take care of all of our chimneys, which number 7 in total for all of the wood burning stoves. Thank you Keijo!


  • Doetsu:

    17 Dec 2010 01:58:11

    I would’ve chosen red… which is probably why I wasn’t asked. ;^)

    I sure miss you guys.

  • eric:

    17 Dec 2010 10:40:08

    I had a chuckle reading this entry as I also remember being entertained by the carpet, I’m relieved I wasn’t the only one who had such vivid hallucinations!

  • Doetsu:

    18 Dec 2010 00:17:44

    They’d be even better hallucinations if the new carpet were red.

    Just sayin’

  • Jindo:

    23 Dec 2010 05:40:58

    I don’t suppose you repainted the ceiling in there before installing the new carpet? You could have really let the paint fly with wild abandon and not worry about drop cloths!

  • Alston:

    23 Aug 2013 11:02:49

    great pic of the dog. terrific color palette and DOF.

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