July 11, 2008

Tassajara Zen Center threatened by wildfires.

Update: From http://surfire2008.wordpress.com/

Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, Big Sur, California

July 10, 2008, 5:30 pm Reported on the Tassajara blog from a friend of those who have stayed at the retreat center:
“I just spoke to Timothy Johnson, MoCo EOC, Fire Branch Manager who told me that the fire has now burned through Tassajara and that all 5 staff are safe and all buildings are intact. According to him the fire is no longer a threat to Tassajara since it has gone through the area.”
Confirmed by Tony Peet at 6:15:
“I just received a call from Tim Johnson of the fire command (Monterey County OES) and confirmed by the folks at Jamestown who told me that Tassajara has survived a run of the of the fire “right down the creek” and that it is essentially out of major danger because “all the fuel around it has burned”. All of the volunteers who stayed are safe. All of the (foil wrapped and gel coated) buildings are intact. There are still hotspots around, but it appears that the worst is over.
This all happened at approximately around 1:30p.m.

Someone just told me this morning that Tassajara, in CA—one of the first, greatest Buddhist retreat centers, founded by Suzuki Roshi, (author of one of the greatest “beginner’sBuddhist books ever)—is in danger.

Read update here. Excerpt: “Steph Wenderski, a 30-year-old native of Minnesota who has lived at the monastery for two years, admitted to occasional bouts of fear. But those periods, she said, invariably gave way to calm.

“You don’t have much time to think about what could be coming,” she said.

Local authorities asked that those staying behind in this spiritual center — a series of rustic wood and stone buildings in a remote canyon 14 miles up a roller-coaster dirt road from the nearest pavement — provide the names of their dentists for identification purposes.”

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