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.

Direct download: Gokokus-three-shames.mp3
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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.

Direct download: 130411-sesshin-awareness.mp3
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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.

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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