Vice Abbot of Yokoji
Jokai Blackwell, Sensei
Born in Flint, Wales, David Jokai Blackwell Sensei began sitting zazen with David Keizan Scott Sensei in Liverpool, England in 1998. Shortly after, Jokai Sensei met Charles Tenshin Fletcher Roshi during his annual visit to the UK to lead sesshin. In 2000, Jokai Sensei decided to move to the United States to study residentially with Tenshin Roshi at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center.
During his formal training, encompassing over a decade of residential practice, Jokai Sensei completed koan study. In 2014, Jokai Sensei received Dharma Transmission (authorization to teach) in the White Plum lineage from Tenshin Roshi. His expression is informed by a thorough grounding in the traditional forms and diverse experience in business management and as a father and partner. Jokai continues to live, work, and teach at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center where he currently serves as Vice Abbot.