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  • This is Us

    Last month a lone gunman killed 50 people at 2 mosques in Christchurch (our largest city in the South Island). In New Zealand, we have always prided ourselves that these kind of things never happened in our islands—thinking, I suppose, that we had some kind of in-built egalitarian and socialist ethic which would never breed that kind of intolerance. We were wrong…..


  • News & Events | April 2019

    In recent weeks, Apple Canyon has seen the shift of seasons from winter to spring. There are signs of life all around—yellow daffodils are opening and the plum tree is in bloom. This change is quite welcome for all who live here as the winter was especially difficult this year with extensive repair work in the aftermath of the February storms. Throughout the unfolding of recent weather related challenges and the effort involved with meeting each challenge, our practice continues….


  • Storm Repair Update

    The repair effort by Tenshin Roshi, residents and volunteers, continues as we recover from the severe storm damage last month. Encouraging progress, made possible by your generous donations, is being made along several fronts as we repair our access road and grounds, armor essential areas against further erosion, and build preventative measures against future damage….


  • News & Events | March 2019

    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…..


  • Storm Damage Update

    As some of you may know, a devastating storm moved through much of California over this last week. Yokoji saw unprecedented, sustained and heavy rain—up to 9 inches over the course 36 hours. Coupled with snow melt from higher elevations, this caused torrential water flow to erode essential areas of our grounds and access road…..


  • News & Events | February 2019

    In the midst of winter and the quieter interim period, life at Yokoji continues to change and evolve—sometimes the shifts are subtle, and sometimes more pronounced. Even in the heart of winter, when the land is dormant and the nights are long, an abundance of growth and energy just beneath the surface of the natural world lends its pulse to the unfolding of this season…..


  • News & Events | January 2019

    Happy New Year! During our annual New Year’s Sesshin, participants filled the Buddha Hall, sitting in quiet celebration of life itself. Touched by the beauty of light snowfall in our canyon and warmed by the crackling fire from the wood stove, with concentration and stillness in body and mind, all embraced the mysterious turning of time, sitting zazen as midnight approached…..


  • From the Kitchen: Vegan Creamy Cauliflower and Leek Soup

    Cauliflower’s distinct fractal dimension has been noticed by mathematicians. Cauliflower, a nutritional powerhouse, is a variety of cabbage with an edible head of condensed flowers and flower stems…..


  • When Sitting Becomes Difficult

    Recently, on Sunday morning, someone asked how to sit when the mind is anxious and it feels nearly impossible to be still. As human beings, we have all experienced times when sitting is very...


  • News & Events | December 2018

    Following the conclusion of Fall Training Period at Yokoji, there is a palpable feeling of settling down. As trainees return to the stream of our busy world, the quiet and stillness of the mountain is felt in the midst of this transition. It is now Winter Interim Period, and a core group of residents remain to continue the important work of caring for the Center through the holiday season and beyond…..


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