Sangha Week at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center

The June practice week at Tassajara, the mountain monastery in California which opens its doors to sincere visitors in the summer, was a wonderful experience for our intrepid group of 14. We arrived on Monday June 15, and shared the morning schedule of meditation, followed by work, with the monks and residents of the monastery for 5 days. In the afternoon, our schedule was loose; we hiked, participated in classes and discussions, swam in the stream or at the pool, and finished with a dinner with guests, followed by evening zazen or a dharma event. On Saturday June 15, we drove over the mountain and returned to our various homes, refreshed and invigorated. Sangha Week allowed our Houston sangha (along with friends from around the country) to slowly melt into the Tassajara Sangha, becoming one sangha, practicing together.

Rev. Gyōzan Royce Johnson and Debbie Rios, fording the stream.

Rev. Gyōzan Royce Johnson and Debbie Rios, fording the stream.

Kent Rutter and Zack Becker, Tassajara kitchen.

Kent Rutter and Zack Becker, Tassajara kitchen.

Andrew and Rick preparing to cross over.

Andrew and Rick preparing to cross over.

Our 2019 travelers — minus a couple who were elsewhere.

Our 2019 travelers — minus a couple who were elsewhere.

Friends Pam Walton and Abbot Gaelyn in front of the dining room.

Friends Pam Walton and Abbot Gaelyn in front of the dining room.