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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


Getting Straight to the Point

Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 65 of the Blue Cliff Record, "A Hindu Questions Buddha."

Posted on 9 August 2020 | 2:06 pm


The Nature of Existence

Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 18 of the Book of Equanimity, "Joshu's Dog."

Posted on 30 July 2020 | 12:50 pm


This Ordinary Mind is the Way

Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 19 of the Gateless Gate, "Ordinary Mind is the Way".

Posted on 23 July 2020 | 12:21 pm


The Living Expression of Koan

Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 11 from the Book of Equanimity, "Ummon's Two Sicknesses".

Posted on 8 July 2020 | 4:03 pm


Wandering At Your Ease

Tenshin Roshi speaks on case 25 of the Blue Cliff Record, "Hermit of Lotus Peak"

Posted on 2 July 2020 | 6:33 pm


The Unwritten Sutra

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

Posted on 26 June 2020 | 2:14 pm


Yokoji Zoom Dharma Talk #12

Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 68 from the Book of Equanimity, "Kassan's Slashing Sword".

Posted on 19 June 2020 | 7:04 pm


Yokoji Zoom Dharma Talk #11

Tenshin Roshi talks about the current state of affairs in the US and across the world.

Posted on 19 June 2020 | 6:59 pm


Yokoji Zoom Dharma Talk #10

Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 93 of the Book of Equanimity, "Roso's Not Understanding."

Posted on 4 June 2020 | 4:45 pm


Yokoji Zoom Dharma Talk #9

Tenshin Roshi talks on case 41 of the Book of Equanimity, "Rakuho's Last Moments".

Posted on 27 May 2020 | 2:17 pm


Yokoji Zoom Dharma Talk #8

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

Posted on 21 May 2020 | 11:52 am


Yokoji Zoom Dharma Talk #7

Tenshin Roshi talks about Case 87 of the Blue Cliff Record, "Medicine and Disease".

Posted on 5 May 2020 | 6:33 pm


Yokoji Zoom Dharma Talk #6

Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 79 of the Book of Equanimity, "Chosha Advances a Step".

Posted on 2 May 2020 | 7:16 pm


Yokoji Zoom Dharma Talk #5

Tenshin Roshi talks about case 13 of the Book of Equanimity, "Rinzai's Blind Donkey."

Posted on 20 April 2020 | 6:32 pm


Yokoji Zoom Dharma Talk #4

Tenshin Roshi gives another online talk amid the COVID-19 pandemic, talking on Case 33 of the Book of Equanimity, "Sansho's Golden Carp".

Posted on 17 April 2020 | 9:41 am


Yokoji Zoom Dharma Talk #3

The third Dharma Talk given by Tenshin Roshi via the Zoom online platform on April 5, 2020.

Posted on 11 April 2020 | 3:06 pm


Yokoji Zoom Dharma Talk #2

The second Dharma Talk given by Tenshin Roshi via the Zoom online platform on March 29, 2020.

Posted on 11 April 2020 | 2:39 pm


Yokoji Zoom Dharma Talk #1

The first Dharma Talk given by Tenshin Roshi via the Zoom online platform on March 22, 2020.

Posted on 11 April 2020 | 2:21 pm


Tenshin Roshi talking on a Sunday morning