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David Jokai Blackwell

Vice Abbot

Jokai Blackwell began studying Zen Buddhism in England in 1998, becoming a formal student of Tenshin Fletcher, Roshi in 1999. He was a resident of Yokoji from Spring 2000 until Winter 2004, during which time he completed his term as Shuso (head trainee). After four years living and working in Los Angeles, Jokai returned to full-time study at Yokoji. He received Tokudo (priest ordination) in 2010 and completed koan study in 2013. Jokai continues his studies under the guidance of Tenshin Fletcher, Roshi

Recent Posts by Jokai

  • Celebrating Vesak at Yokoji

    Today we celebrated Vesak, the commemoration of the Buddha's birth, enlightenment and...


  • A Day of Zen Practice

    Spring is in full flow here at the Center. It’s quite an easy transition to say goodbye - at...


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Jim Yugen Lakey

Administrator

Yugen started practicing Zen in Liverpool in 2005 with David Keizan Scott Sensei. In February 2008, Yugen moved to California to train with Tensin Roshi at Yokoji. Having trained in the UK as a vegetarian cook, Yugen started out as the tenzo, or head cook, at Yokoji before moving over to administrative duties in 2009. In 2010, Yugen received tokudo (priest ordination) and later that year completed his shuso training. Yugen completed koan study in 2014.

Yugen also co-owns a small web design studio, Apple Canyon Designs.

Recent Posts by Yugen

  • Dharma Combat Spring 2014

    Congratulations to Susan Yushin Tipton who finished her period as the head trainee with the...


  • Jukai: Taking the Precepts

    Congratulations to Susan Yushin Tipton and Muriel Sokei Sasaki who received the Buddhist...


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