News & Events | January 2020
January 08, 2020 by Jack Morrow
Season’s greetings from wintry Yokoji! As is our tradition, marking the conclusion of 2019 and the dawn of 2020, staff, residents, and participants gathered for Yokoji’s annual New Year’s Sesshin. All present were able to enjoy several days in concentrated stillness with the beauty of stunning mountain snowscapes all around.
While December brought a white Christmas and significant snowfall throughout the month with recent new snow accumulation, we are glad to report that the access road is presently open for all. Tenshin Roshi’s efforts to clear the roadways continue to be greatly appreciated.
Earlier in December, several of our longer-term residents spent time away to see family and friends. We welcome them back, refreshed and ready to take on all the Winter Interim Period brings.
Our Fall Fundraiser has been a great success so far. We are truly fortunate to receive the open-hearted generosity of so many of our members and supporters. Your thoughtful offering helps us keep the gates of Yokoji open—it means that this powerful container of remote mountain practice may continue to teach us.
Wherever we are the dharma is transmitted seamlessly. In our canyon, local deer forage for food, meals are prepared and shared, and snow falls and melts away. How does practice appear where you find yourself now? Please join us in the months to come.
As a sangha, we embrace 2020 with a sense of optimism and excitement. As we look toward Spring Training period, we anticipate a wonderful calendar of events. It is always a gift to see members and old friends who may not have visited for a while. Do come up and support the Center. This is an open invitation. We wish you all a very happy and peaceful New Year, and wherever you find yourself, please take good care.