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  • Fall Training Period

    It’s the second week of the fall training period at Yokoji Zen mountain Center, and we’ve just completed a seven day sesshin. The word sesshin means to “Unify the Mind”. What I noticed in this...


  • Poem for Koun Taizan Maezumi Roshi by Tenshin Fletcher Roshi

    Koun Taizan

    20 years since your passing

    Mindlessly your teaching unfolds.

    Is it yours or the Ancient Buddhas?

    No need for possession or place,

    Yet when you...


  • Happy (Snowy) New Year!

    As 2014 fell away at the stroke of midnight and the time keeper for the New Year's Sesshin struck the twelfth bell and let out a jubilent cheer of "Happy New Year!", so began a new year,...


  • Soto Zen Buddhist Association Conference

    This fall, the bi-annual SZBA conference was held at Great Vow Monastery in Clatskanie, OR. A few days following my shiho (dharma transmission) week, I traveled north to represent Yokoji at the...


  • No Damage to the Center

    This past weekend, Hurricane Norbert delivered a lot of moisture into our vicinity. We took the precautions of canceling the Sunday schedule and moving the Yokoji residents (both human and canine)...


  • Sunday Schedule Canceled

    Due to the weather, the Sunday Schedule for September 7th is canceled. According to the latest weather forecast, we are expecting heavy rain from Sunday morning through Tuesday, with a flash flood...


  • Post-storm update

    A few weeks ago a storm passed through the valley and over the course of 25 minutes, rained heavily, triggering the most debris flow we have experienced since last summer. The storm was both cause...


  • Sunday Schedule Canceled—Sesshin 1-day Delay

    Due to the current weather, the Sunday schedule for tomorrow (August 3rd) is canceled. The sesshin due to start tomorrow will now start on Monday instead, with registration beginning at 3:30pm on...


  • Practicing Through the Yokoji Fire and Floods

    Two weeks ago marked the anniversary of the Mountain Fire. We have made huge progress since the devastation that occurred last summer and fall. The damage has been repaired, preventative...


  • Dharma Combat Spring 2014

    Congratulations to Susan Yushin Tipton who finished her period as the head trainee with the traditional dharma combat ceremony. The ceremony was held on May 18th, on the last day of both the May...


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