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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


Alive or Dead

Tenshin Roshi speaks on Case 55 of the Blue Cliff Record, "Won't Say".

Posted on 31 December 2020 | 7:19 pm


Sweeping it All Away

Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 28 of The Blue Cliff Record, "Not Mind or Buddha".

Posted on 16 December 2020 | 5:01 pm


Becoming What We Already Are

Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 9 of the Gateless Gate, "Daitsu Chisho".

Posted on 16 December 2020 | 4:55 pm


What Can We Hold On To?

Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 2 of The Blue Cliff Record, "The Supreme Way is Without Difficulty". Jokai Sensei steps in to answer questions toward the end of the talk as an end to the Fall Training Period.

Posted on 16 December 2020 | 4:47 pm


Kisen Dharma Combat

Stefanie Kisen Fredella was the Head Trainee for the Fall Training Period of 2020. This recording is of her Dharma Combat ceremony. Kisen talks on the koan "Ryuge Passes the Chin Rest"
(https://zmc.org/blog/2020/11/koan-for-dharma-combat-fall-2020-training-period/) and engages the assembly in dharma combat.

Posted on 26 November 2020 | 1:22 pm


Meticulous Practice

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

Posted on 20 November 2020 | 6:41 pm


Obon and Halloween

Tenshin Roshi talks about Obon, a traditional Buddhist festival which we have aligned with our western celebration of Halloween. Check on the blog at https://zmc.org/blog for a post coming soon with the Gate of Sweet Nectar which is mentioned in the talk.

Posted on 20 November 2020 | 6:20 pm


Theres No Place to Hide

Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 66 of the Book of Equanimity, "Kyuho's Head and Tail." This dharma talk was given on October 25, 2020.

Posted on 8 November 2020 | 1:30 pm


The Robe and The Bowl

This dharma talk was given on October 18, 2020 by Tenshin Roshi at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center. Roshi talks on Case 23 of The Gateless Gate, "Think Neither Good Nor Evil."

 

Posted on 8 November 2020 | 1:25 pm


Taking Care of the Self

Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 83 of The Book of Equanimity, "Dogo's Nursing."

Posted on 21 October 2020 | 2:50 pm


Who is the Buddha?

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

Posted on 21 October 2020 | 2:25 pm


Identity of Relative and Absolute

Tenshin Roshi talks on the "Identity of Relative and Absolute", a verse written by Sekito Kisen in the 8th century and one that is chanted daily in Soto Zen temples and training centers.

Posted on 3 October 2020 | 3:42 pm


Standing on the Other Shore

Tenshin Roshi talks on case 51 of the Book of Equanimity, Hogen's "By Boat or Land".

Posted on 29 September 2020 | 5:24 pm


Going With the Flow

Tenshin Roshi talks on case 77 of the Book of Equanimity, "Kyozan Holds His Own."

Posted on 25 September 2020 | 9:00 am


Way of Realization

Tenshin Roshi talks on the "Way of Realization", a short expression of the dharma that he wrote. The full text can be seen here: https://zmc.org/blog/2020/09/news-events-september-2020/

Posted on 22 September 2020 | 10:56 pm


Going Beyond Attainment

Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 28 of the Book of Equanimity, "Gokoku's Three Shames."

Posted on 3 September 2020 | 1:59 pm


The Snake of the South Mountain

Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 24 of the Book of Equanimity, "Seppo's Poison Snake."

Posted on 28 August 2020 | 12:43 pm


A Compassionate Response

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

Posted on 17 August 2020 | 1:26 pm


Tenshin Roshi talking on a Sunday morning