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.

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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.

Direct download: Time_Being.mp3
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Tenshin Roshi brings up Case 13 of the Book of Equanimity, "Rinzai's Blind Donkey." In the case, Rinzai is close to death and speaks with his Dharma successor, Sansho. The talk was given on Sunday January 27th at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center.

Direct download: Rinzais_Blind_Donkey_2013.mp3
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Tenshin Roshi spoke on Master Dogen's Genjo Koan, or in English, Actualizing the Fundamental Point, over the course of six different talks. This is one of them, given in December 2012 at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center. Genjo Koan is one of the fascicles from the Shobogenzo, and can be found in the smaller distilled collection, Moon in a Dewdrop.

Direct download: Genjo_Koan.mp3
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Tenshin Roshi talks about the life of Shakyamuni Buddha from Case 1 of The Record of the Transmission of the Light (Denkoroku). The talk was given during the final sesshin of the Fall Training Period at Yokoji, which is our Rohatsu (Buddha's enlightenment) sesshin.

Direct download: Rohatsu-2012.mp3
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Tenshin Roshi talks at the October 2012 7-day sesshin at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center. Instead of talking on a case koan, Tenshin Roshi brings together some themes that were arising in the sesshin.

Direct download: October_2012_Sesshin.mp3
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Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 66 of the Book of Equanimity, "Kyuho's Head and Tail". The talk was given during the September sesshin 2012 at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center.

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Tenshin Roshi spoke eariler in the year on Case 1 of the Gateless Gate, 'Joshu's Dog' or 'Mu'. This talk picks up the full version of the koan as presented in the Book of Equanimity, case 18.

Tenshin Roshi is the abbot of Yokoji Zen Mountain Center, a Soto Zen Buddhist training center in the mountains of Southern California.

Direct download: Joshus_Dog_1.mp3
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Tenshin Roshi, abbot of Yokoji Zen Mountain Center, talks on case 21 of the Book of Equanimity, 'Ungan Sweeps the Ground'. If you enjoy this podcast, please subscribe at iTunes and leave us a rating to help other people find us.

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