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The One Treasure of Daily Life

Posted on 31 May 2024 | 3:03 pm


Cause and Effect

Tenshin Roshi talks about Case 2 of the Gateless Gate, "Hyakujo's Fox."

Posted on 28 April 2024 | 12:19 pm


Basic Practice and Tying Up Loose Ends

Posted on 23 March 2024 | 4:20 pm


Fukanzazengi Part 2

Posted on 26 February 2024 | 1:01 pm


Fukan Zazengi Part 1

Tenshin Roshi talks about Master Dogen's writing, Fukan Zazengi, or Universal Promotion of Zazen.

Posted on 26 January 2024 | 4:27 pm


Buddhas Are Not Elsewhere, You Are You

Tenshin Roshi talks about case seven of the Blue Cliff Record, "Asking about Buddha."

Posted on 29 December 2023 | 1:44 pm


Halloween / Obon / Día de los Muertos

Tenshin Roshi talks about the Buddhist festival of Obon, which, at Yokoji we link to Halloween and Día de los Muertos. The text referenced is "The Five Buddha Families," from The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

Posted on 28 November 2023 | 12:15 pm


What is Your Light?

Posted on 31 October 2023 | 5:05 pm


Faith Plus

Tenshin Roshi continues talking on the Record of Rinzai.

Posted on 29 September 2023 | 12:32 pm


Faith

Tenshin Roshi talks about Master Rinzai and shares readings from the Record of Rinzai.

Posted on 31 August 2023 | 4:28 pm


Standing On Your Own Feet

Tenshin Roshi talks on case 12 of the Gateless Gate, "Zuigan Calls Himself 'Master.'"

Posted on 28 July 2023 | 12:53 pm


The Supreme Way is Without Difficulty

Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 2 of the Blue Cliff Record, "The Supreme Way is Without Difficulty."

Posted on 30 June 2023 | 4:57 pm


What Remains?

Tenshin Roshi discusses case 30 of The Book of Equanimity, Daizui's Kalpa Fire.

Posted on 29 May 2023 | 1:30 pm


Mistake

Tenshin Roshi talks about case 98 of the Blue Cliff Record, "Two Mistakes."

Posted on 28 April 2023 | 7:50 pm


Wholehearted Effort and Transmission

Tenshin Roshi talks about the start of the training period and the importance of transmission in the Zen tradition. Roshi opens the talk with Mumon's verse from case 41 of the Gateless Gate, "Coming from the West and pointing directly to it – all the trouble comes from the transmission; The one who disturbs the monasteries is originally you."

Posted on 28 March 2023 | 12:27 pm


Sit Like a Kid

Tenshin Roshi talks about Case 21 of the Book of Equanimity, "Ungan Sweeps the Ground".

Posted on 24 February 2023 | 2:29 pm


The Plain Food of Daily Living

Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 78 of the Book of Equanimity, "Ummon's Farm Rice Cake".

Posted on 29 January 2023 | 4:23 pm


A Lifetime Strategy

Tenshin Roshi talks about case 14 of the Book of Equanimity, "Attendant Kaku Serves Tea".

Posted on 29 December 2022 | 1:17 pm


Practice as Daily Life

Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 52 of the Book of Equanimity, "Sozan's Dharmakaya".

Posted on 26 November 2022 | 1:24 pm


The Closest Thing

Tenshin Roshi talks on case 1 of the Blue Cliff Record, "The Highest Meaning of the Holy Truths".

Posted on 27 October 2022 | 4:14 pm


The Forge of Training Period

Tenshin Roshi talks on "Baso's Illness", case 36 of the Book of Equanimity.

Posted on 28 September 2022 | 8:27 am


Finding Your Balance

Tenshin Roshi talks about case 66  of the Book of Equanimity, "Kyuho's Head and Tail".

Posted on 28 August 2022 | 1:18 pm


Standing Back-to-Back

Tenshin Roshi talks on case 17 of the Gateless Gate, "The National Teacher's Three calls".

Posted on 26 July 2022 | 3:36 pm


Is this Common or Holy?

Tenshin Roshi talks on case 22 of the Book of Equanimity, "Ganto's Bow and Shout".

Posted on 30 June 2022 | 6:59 pm


Not Getting Lost in Words

Tenshin Roshi talks about case 3 of the Book of Equanimity, "An Invitation for the Patriarch".

Posted on 30 May 2022 | 7:57 pm


The Buddha Way is Coffee and Toast

Tenshin Roshi talks about Master Dogen's "Everyday Activity".

Posted on 30 April 2022 | 10:10 am


Tracking Down an Ancestor

Tenshin Roshi talks about case 23 of the Gateless Gate, "Think Neither Good Nor Evil".

Posted on 29 March 2022 | 1:55 pm


Being Time Part 5

Posted on 1 March 2022 | 4:13 pm


Being Time: Part 4

Tenshin Roshi talks more on Master Dogen's Uji, or "Being Time". This is the fourth talk in the series.

Posted on 13 February 2022 | 2:19 pm


Being Time: Part 3

Tenshin Roshi talks more on Master Dogen's Uji, or "Being Time". This is the third talk in the series.

Posted on 13 February 2022 | 2:11 pm


Being Time: Part 2

Tenshin Roshi talks more on Master Dogen's Uji, or "Being Time". This is the second talk in the series.

Posted on 13 February 2022 | 2:01 pm


Being Time: Part 1

Tenshin Roshi talks on Master Dogen's "Uji", or "Being Time". This is the first talk of a series.

Posted on 30 January 2022 | 3:19 pm


Reaching For a Pillow

Tenshin Roshi talks on case 54 of the Book of Equanimity, "Ungan's Great Compassionate One".

Posted on 28 December 2021 | 3:10 pm


Watch Out! A Snake!

Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 59 of the Book of Equanimity, "Seirin's Deadly Snake".

Posted on 30 November 2021 | 2:29 pm


The Pillar that Supports Heaven and Earth

Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 31 of the Book of Equanimity, "Ummon's Free-Standing Pillar".

Posted on 31 October 2021 | 1:49 pm


Attention!

Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 4 of the Book of Equanimity, The World-Honored One Points to the Earth.

Posted on 29 September 2021 | 5:51 pm


The Inquisitive Mind

Tenshin Roshi talks on Parts 1 and 6 of Master Dogen's Bendowa or "On the Endeavor of the Way."

Posted on 25 August 2021 | 5:42 pm


In The Midst of Activity

Tenshin Roshi reads from the Writings of Zen Master Hakuin:

“I am not trying to tell you to discard completely quietistic meditation and to seek specifically for a place of activity to carry on your practice. What is most worthy of respect is a pure koan meditation that neither knows nor is conscious of the two aspects, the quiet and the active. That is why it has been said that the true practicing person walks but does not know they are walking, sits but does not know they are sitting.

For penetrating to the depths of one’s own true self-nature and for attaining a vitality valid on all occasions, nothing can surpass meditation in the midst of activity.”

Posted on 19 August 2021 | 6:37 pm


All-Inclusive Study

Tenshin Roshi speaks on the first two sections of Henzan or All-Inclusive Study, from Moon in a Dewdrop, Writings of Zen Master Dogen.

Posted on 22 July 2021 | 12:48 pm


You Are You!

Tenshin Roshi talks on case 7 of the Blue Cliff Record, "Asking About Buddha".

Posted on 22 June 2021 | 4:39 pm


Deanne Shinzan Larsen — Dharma Combat

Head Trainee for the spring period at Yokoji, Deanne Shinzan Larsen, spoke on the koan, "Tozan's Illness" and engaged in Dharma Combat with the assembly (via Zoom).

Posted on 30 May 2021 | 7:49 pm


The True Person

Tenshin Roshi talks on case 38 of the Book of Equanimity, "Rinzai's True Man".

Posted on 3 May 2021 | 8:25 pm


Looking Deeply, Being Seen

Tenshin Roshi talks on case 52 of the Book of Equanimity, "Sozan's Dharmakaya".

Posted on 29 April 2021 | 6:01 pm


Who's in Charge

Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 12 of the Gateless Gate, Zuigan Calls Himself "Master".

Posted on 6 April 2021 | 3:42 pm


Realization Embodied

Tenshin Roshi touches on the koan, "Nansen Kills the Cat" and talks about the essence of practice.

Posted on 21 March 2021 | 2:07 pm


Sitting Zen

Tenshin Roshi talks on zazen, the foundation of Zen practice.

Posted on 13 March 2021 | 1:12 pm


Where Were You Born?

Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 32 of the Book of Equanimity, "Kyozan's State of Mind".

Posted on 28 February 2021 | 12:22 pm


What Kind of This is That?

Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 23 of the Blue Cliff Record, "The Summit of the Mystic Peak."

Posted on 22 February 2021 | 5:37 pm


There Are No Zen Teachers

Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 11 of the Blue Cliff Record, "Gobblers of Dregs".

Posted on 8 January 2021 | 12:07 pm


It's All Up to You

Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 86 of the Book of Equanimity, "Rinzai's Great Enlightenment".

Posted on 8 January 2021 | 11:54 am


Tenshin Roshi talking on a Sunday morning