by Sachico Ohanks
For many, the path of practice at City Center begins with a Work Practice Apprenticeship. The Zen students who choose this singular course of action come from a wide range of circumstances, backgrounds, and converging life conditions. Each has a “way-seeking” story to tell.
Report on the 91st Practice Period
by Shinchi Linda Galijan, Tassajara Director
“Throughout Zenshinji,* the Dharma safely resides, bringing all peace…”
On this bright winter afternoon, the doans* are practicing for Nenju, the ceremony to mark the end of another Tassajara week. The narcissus are in full bloom, their delicate fragrance scenting the air. Bobcats are mating above the first overlook, northern flickers and canyon wrens are singing their hearts out, and the 91st Practice Period, led by Senior Dharma Teacher Ryushin Paul Haller, feels wondrously strong and joyous.
Article by Simon Moyes
Sketch by Paul Discoe, Photo by Jim Hollingsworth
Whether arriving for a summer stay or a three-month winter Ango (traditional Practice Period) the arrival at Tassajara is dramatic. We leave the paved road and drive for a little over an hour, from 1,500 feet altitude to 5,000 feet, and down again, enjoying expansive views of the mountain wilderness. The 14-mile single-track road ends in the heart of a valley, at the gate of Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, Zen Heart-Mind Temple.