This winter at Tassajara the weather has been very unusual–glorious, mild and clear, which we have all so deeply enjoyed. The pool has been in continuous use, and on warm days there are even sunbathers . Yet the enjoyment was mixed with deep concern about the drought. The trees never really dropped their leaves, Tassajara Creek was low and murky, and the deer were so hungry that for several months they were living side by side with us in the valley, seemingly undisturbed by our presence.
Then the recent storms brought us lots of very welcome rain. Read more
Diane Renshaw, whose intimacy with Tassajara began in 1978, has known the valley and surrounding wilderness through her practice of Zen and as a professional ecologist. Involved in an ongoing wild plant project at Tassajara, she both nurtures and is nurtured by the land. She also clearly enjoys a vital exchange of ideas and insights with both her retreat participants and her co-leaders of the much anticipated annual retreat, Wildflowers and Birds of Tassajara. Together with Gloria Lee and Judith Randall, Diane offers the retreat again this year on May 8 – 12 (Thursday – Monday). Here is an intriguing taste of what those days may bring. Read more
Last weekend Zen Center spent two days honoring former and new abbots as they respectively stepped down from and stepped up to the “mountain” of leadership. Read more
As part Zen Center’s Widening the Circle Capital Campaign, Green Gulch Farm is undertaking a major renovation of Cloud Hall, the largest and most centrally located residential structure at Green Gulch. Adjacent to the Zendo, Cloud Hall houses up to 35 residential Zen practitioners, some of whom stay for a number of days or weeks, and some who are in residence for many years. Read more
At City Center, Suzuki Roshi holds a central post in the daily life of the temple—in many ways, but the most tangible way may be through his wooden likeness looking out from the Kaisando, or Founder’s Hall, in the center of the building, on the second floor. His presence is acknowledged daily, or numerous times daily, as residents and visitors routinely pass by (first stopping to bow). For many years, the statue has rested in seated position on what was intended only as a temporary altar support, covered in heavily embroidered cloth. Read more
Grand Opening – March 16, 2014, 3 pm- 5 pm
A notice from Zenju, a recent former shuso (head student) at City Center in 2012, and teacher at the East Bay Meditation Center:
Please consider joining us for a week or more between April 12 and May 3 for this special Work Period to make necessary improvements to structures and tend to the surrounding land. Read more
The funeral ceremony for Myogen Steve Stücky was held at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center on Sunday, February 9, at 3 pm. The two-hour ceremony was live streamed on the web and projected on screens for the overflow seating in Cloud Hall at Green Gulch and in the dining room at City Center—all while a steady downpour refreshed the land amid one of the most severe regional droughts on record. A reception afterward filled both the Green Gulch dining room and the Wheelwright Center. A posting on the Subtle Eye blog offers some records from the day honoring the memory of Myogen: Read more
So many tempting places I want to stop and explore. Why not turn into the charming small town of Carmel and wander through boutiques, art galleries, ice cream shops, or walk on the beach? Or stop at the Carmel Mission. Or drive along the seventeen mile coast highway, past Pebble Beach Golf Course. Let’s stop at a winery, set among terraced vineyards. There’s so much beauty in the fields, fences and lacy trees. The cows and horses slowly wade through knee deep grass. But we are on a mission.
We turn right off the Carmel Valley Highway onto Tassajara Road. My excitement increases, because this way will take us to the Zen Buddhist Center. The ranch homes and wineries give way to trailers and cabins. We come to a fork in the road with mileage signs but no indication where they lead. We take the left, fourteen mile road. A sign does inform us that the road is impassible in the rainy season. Read more