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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

  • Walk for Yokoji

    Yokoji Zen Mountain Center continues to upgrade its facilities in the post-flood years after the 2013 fire. At this time, one of the water tanks has been decommissioned due to leaks and the other one is nearing the end of its life. Yokoji needs to replace both, at a cost of approximately $10,000.


  • Happy (Snowy) New Year!

    As 2014 fell away at the stroke of midnight and the time keeper for the New Year's Sesshin...


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