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Jokai Blackwell Sensei

Vice Abbot

Jokai Sensei 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 Sensei returned to full-time study at Yokoji. He received Tokudo (priest ordination) in 2010 and completed koan study in 2013. Jokai Sensei continues his studies under the guidance of Tenshin Fletcher, Roshi

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Jim Yugen Lakey Sensei

Jim started Zen practice in Liverpool (UK) in 2005 with Keizan Scott Roshi. He moved to California in 2008 to train full-time with Tenshin Roshi at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center, completing his formal training in 2014 and receiving Dharma transmission in 2021. In 2015, Jim moved to Joshua Tree with his wife, Melissa, and runs a local sitting group, Mojave Zen. Jim and Melissa work together making wedding films as The Quail & The Dove.

Recent Posts by Yugen

  • Gratitude

    Reflections on my first few days of my week at Yokoji for Dharma Transmission.


  • Henrike Jishin Reef

    It’s with a heavy heart that we share the news that Henrike Jishin Reef died on December 7, 2020. Jishin was a resident at Yokoji from 2009-2011 and served as Head Trainee in the spring of 2011.


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