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  • News & Events | November 2019

    It feels amazing that we are now approaching the end of our Fall training period. We have enjoyed welcoming our regular guest groups to Yokoji as they are more like old friends than visitors.Fall is definitely upon us and the temperatures have cooled as well as the days becoming more windy.


  • News & Events | December 2019

    The beginning of this holiday season brought freezing temperatures and heavy snow to Yokoji. We are now in the winter interim season. Looking ahead, please feel encouraged to visit Yokoji whenever you can.


  • Sunday Program Cancelled

    Due to poor road conditions from the recent snow storm, tomorrow’s Sunday Program has been canceled.


  • News & Events | October 2019

    We are now well into our Fall traing period, and are looking forward to welcoming our friends back to Yokoji this guest season.


  • News & Events | September 2019

    As we move towards the end of our summer interim period, we are now preparing for our fall training period. This will begin with our 7-day Sesshin beginning on Sunday 8th SeptemberAs soon as our Fall Training period begins, our guest groups will increase and that is always something we welcome at Yokoji. Our guest groups and visitors continue to support our practice and as many of them are regular visitors, it is like welcoming back old friends.


  • News & Events | August 2019

    As we move into August, approaching the midway point of Summer Interim Period, the mountain is bathed in warmth and light. We have had an eventful and fulfilling summer so far, recently hosting a retreat during which our affiliate groups came together in early July.


  • News & Events | July 2019

    Recently, numerous maintenance and repair projects have predominated work practice, allowing students ample opportunity to actualize zazen off the cushion through ordinary, day-to-day activity, while continuing the precious work of maintaining the grounds and buildings of Yokoji. Whether you join us for Sunday program and cleanup, or spend a few days at Yokoji, life at the Center is a wonderful opportunity to embrace the fact that Zen practice has no boundaries. When we open ourselves to life itself, we are enriched and transformed.


  • Just As It Is

    Another question I’ve been asked is, “When did you start practicing Zen?” Again, I’m not really sure how to answer that. Do I date it from the time when I started reading books about Zen Buddhism and intellectually embraced the philosophy? When I started to sit in meditation and first tried to “think not-thinking?” How about when I began sitting with other people and started going through the motions? Or when I found my teacher? My first training period? Jukai? I really can’t tell you the exact date when I started to feel it in my bones and not simply think it in my brain. Is the question, “When will you stop practicing Zen?” any easier? When I die? Maybe! Again, there isn’t a clear beginning or end to this, as far as I can tell.


  • News & Events | June 2019

    With plentiful rainfall over the last few months Apple Canyon is flourishing. There are bright signs of life all around. As we go about our daily schedule immersion in residential life lends itself to a real appreciation of the natural rhythms of the valley. As the cherry blossoms bloom and fall to the ground, flowering hillsides give way to a sea of tall grass rippling in the wind. The ever-present shifting of the days and seasons mirrors the nature of our training. At this time of year we embrace a necessary shift in momentum— as Spring Training Period opens into Summer Interim Period and guest season comes to a close, our emphasis becomes the essential, daily work of maintaining the buildings and grounds.


  • Spring Fundraiser | 2019

    Once built, temples and training centers require constant maintenance. Protecting this place of practice is our shared responsibility. The Kubota tractor has been a true servant and hero for Yokoji. Originally purchased in 1986, the tractor has been in almost constant use, particularly through the fires, storms, and floods of these recent challenging years. After more than 3 decades of labor and major repairs, this vital piece of equipment is finally at the end of its useful life.


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