In July of 2008, Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, the oldest Soto Zen monastery outside of Japan, and a key practice center for San Francisco Zen Center and the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki-roshi, was threatened by the Northern California wildfires in the Los Padres National Forest, where Tassajara ZMC is located. Five Zen priests heroically protected the monastery as the fire burned fiercely all around Tassajara. Through lineage, practice and dharma friendships, Tassajara ZMC is close to the heart of our sangha at Ancient Dragon Zen Gate.
Now, much work is underway and financial contributions are urgently needed. The ADZG board of directors recently sent funds on behalf of the sangha to support the restoration of Tassajara ZMC and maintain the functioning of San Francisco Zen Center. SFZC's website (http://www.sfzc.org/) has links to photos and accounts of events related to the Tassajara fire and as well as information for those wishing to make personal donations to alleviate the fire's impact. For a dramatic account of how the five monks saved Tassajara, see the SFZC Website.