Dokusan / Daisan
An important aspect of Zen training is private interview or dokusan (daisan if the teacher is addressed as "Sensei" rather than "Roshi"). Having the opportunity to encounter a Zen Master on a one-to-one basis is a privilege reserved for students who attend sesshin or become members of Yokoji, as well as those who are residents. An interview is a time to present one's understanding and for guidance to be given. You can bring up any questions you have about your practice during interview. Private interviews are vital for a teacher to see where a student is at and to help them with their practice.
Watch an instructional video on how to enter for private interview.
Members of Yokoji have the opportunity to go in for interviews on Sunday mornings. Tenshin Roshi's attendant will open the line with a call during zazen and those members who would like to can come out and form a line. Members can also attend mid-week sitting periods and go in for interview at this time. If you would like to attend a mid-week zazen period block and would like to know Roshi's interview schedule for the current week, please contact the office.
If you have the opportunity to go in for dokusan, it is strongly recommended that you take it. Even if you are nervous about a private interview, it is worth persevering as there is no better time to test your understanding.