Tenshin Roshi talks on the second day of the 7-day Rohatsu held at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center. Roshi brings up case 9 of the Blue Cliff Record, but only around half way through the talk, first addressing practice during sesshin. 

Direct download: Joshus_Four_Gates.mp3
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Tenshin Roshi talked three times on Master Dogen's "Genjo Koan" during October 2013. This is the third talk in the series, given on Sunday October 13th at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center.

Direct download: 131013-Genjo-koan.mp3
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Tenshin Roshi talks on the challenges that Yokoji faces after the fire and subsequent floods and debris flows. The talk is a reminder that practice continues, and that is what we take forward into hardships and challenges.

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Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 28 of the Book of Equanimity, "Gokoku's Three Shames". This talk was given in the aftermath of the Mountain Fire and Tenshin Roshi focuses on a part of the koan that brings up what the function of a temple guardian is, or might be, and the expecatations we have of someone who stands in that position.

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Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 41 of the Gateless Gate, Bodhidharma Puts the Mind to Rest.

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Tenshin Roshi brings up the first case of the Blue Cliff Record about the founding father of Zen, Bodhidharma, in this talk given on Father's Day 2013.

Direct download: Highest_Meaning_of_the_Holy_Truth.mp3
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On Sunday May 26th, we celebrated Wesak at Yokoji. Wesak is a tradtional Buddhist festival that commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Shakyamuni Buddha. Tenshin Roshi gave this talk later that morning, and talks about the life and practice of the historical Buddha.

Direct download: Wesak.mp3
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During the April 2013 sesshin, Tenshin Roshi spoke about awareness and how it is relates to practice. Roshi also looks at the current useage of the term "awareness" and the importance of not seeing it in a fixed or cliched way.

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Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 86 of the Blue Cliff Record, Ummon's "The Kitchen Pantry and the Main Gateway". This talk was given during the March 2013 sesshin at Yokoji.

Direct download: The_Kitchen_Pantry_and_the_Main_Gateway.mp3
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This month Tenshin Roshi talks on Master Dogen's "The Time Being", or Uji. The talk, given on Sunday February 24th at Yokoji, goes through the first four sections of the short fasicle. Tenshin Roshi talks about how the writing relates to our Zen practice, rather than approaching the work in a scholarly way.

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