News & Events | March 2019
March 01, 2019 by kojin-heath
This past week saw a welcome change in the weather—clear, sunnier skies and warmer temperatures—a sharp contrast to the unusually severe winter conditions we recently experienced. Many of you are already aware of the devastating storm that Yokoji experienced earlier this month. Since then we have been able to hire a professional work crew to bring in heavy machinery and are encouraged by the steady progress we have made in repairing the storm damage. Tenshin Roshi, along with staff and residents, continue daily repairs and maintenance to the grounds as we work to fortify against erosion, repair water lines, and make the access road passable once again.
We have been working steadily on repairs in the hopes of at least having the access road repaired by our March 7-Day Sesshin, however the ford at Hurkey Creek is still flooded and impassable, and we await Caltrans to make it accessible. Unfortunately, this means that we have had to cancel our March 7-Day sesshin, and have now rescheduled the Spring Training Period Entrance Ceremony for March 10th. We hope you will join us then as we install David Jindo Butler as our Head Trainee, and we invite you to join the community as we make individual vows to re-commitment to practice during our upcoming Spring Training Period. Though we have encountered some setbacks this winter season, it is in such times of adversity that our collective practice sustains us.
We would like to extend our deepest and heartfelt gratitude to all of you that have donated to our storm damage fundraiser. Your financial contributions have helped us to make strong progress in essential repair efforts, allowing us the financial cushion to hire heavy equipment and skilled workers, in addition to purchasing culverts and gravel to repair and fortify the access road leading to Yokoji. It is wonderful see our Sangha pull together and support Yokoji in this time of need, helping us preserve this place of authentic Zen practice. While we have raised an encouraging amount already, our work is far from complete, and there will likely be additional costs as we move forward. If you are financially able, we ask that you make a donation to our storm damage fund, so that this place of Zen Buddhist training can continue to stand strong on this mountain for future generations.