"The buildings can burn, but you can't actually burn down Tassajara. Fire can never touch Tassajara's heart."Devin's words (taken from the LA Times article) ring true to me. Here's part of the reason why.
Lots of people like the Tassajara zendo and would hate to see it in ashes. Yet, this is a building which owes its life to a fire. A temporary replacement for the zendo which was destroyed by a local fire the year after Zen Center students fought hard to defend the monastery against the Marble Cone fire.
While we sit with the possibility of the fire reaching Tassajara we are playing with the idea of how we could take our cue from the seeds that need fire to open and use this fire to renew ourselves, our community and our places?