Bathhouse at Tassajara
by William Olkowski, posted 9.14
Tassajara is a Buddhist monastery southeast of Carmelin the Santa Lucia Mountains, CA. In the Japanese tradition, many monasteries were/are open to the public as a way to generate funds to support the monastery. The last time we were there, during the first Jerry Brown administration, they had rebuilt the bath house which this W/C picture depicts. The bath house has no nails but is put together with just wooden carved joints which is also traditional. If you can visit the monastery for the weekend do it as the surrounding area is wild and beautiful. The monks treat you with grace and the food is terrific and famous, although vegetarian, which we could tolerate for a few days.