Posts Tagged ‘fires’

Tassajara reopens, still needs to recover lost funds

Tassajara Zen Center, which closed to visitors for several weeks and was saved from burning by the efforts of fire crews and a few “fire-fighting monks,” has reopened for visitors. The buildings and facilities of the center [map], which was first opened in the late 1960s by San Francisco Zen Center monks who adapted a crumbling summer resort into the largest Zen monastery in the U.S., were mostly untouched by the fire, which burned over and past the monastery on July 10. An archive of news stories is here.

But being closed for several weeks during the summer tourist season means much lost revenue for the non-profit center, which hosts visitors throughout the summer and uses the money to run its Zen study programs for the rest of the year. A plea for donations has recovered only 50% of lost revenue. You can donate by clicking the button at the bottom of their firefighting story.

Previously:
‘Glasses’ is a ‘Zen comedy’ at SFIFF
Hartford Street Zen Center remembers John King
Visiting the San Francisco Zen Center
Zen masters, freedom, and blogging

Pic of smoky ride down 80

Earlier this week descending from Tahoe I took this shot wondering if the smoke in the air would show up in the shot. Much of California is sitting under this smog, let’s hope for a weather pattern that helps snuff these fires. It’s looking apocalyptic in the regions of the state around these fires.

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Disco inferno

Califnornia wildfires, 1 July 2008The Calif. Dept. of Forestry, in charge of fighting the hundreds of fires around the state, has posted a PDF of the major incidents as of this morning. An interactive Google Map is also available.

Meanwhile, the sky in the Bay Area cleared Sunday and yesterday. Today it’s overcast and foggy… And after last week’s horribly smoky conditions, now I don’t know if this overcast is part smoke or what.

One of the endangered spots is Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. They have a fire blog, Sitting with Fire; a feature in the L.A. Times a few days ago documented the outpost’s preparations for the worst. The resort-cum-monastery is closed at least until July 11.

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