Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 4 of the Book of Equanimity, The World-Honored One Points to the Earth.
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Tenshin Roshi talks on Parts 1 and 6 of Master Dogen's Bendowa or "On the Endeavor of the Way."

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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.”

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Tenshin Roshi speaks on the first two sections of Henzan or All-Inclusive Study, from Moon in a Dewdrop, Writings of Zen Master Dogen.

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

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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).

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Tenshin Roshi talks on case 38 of the Book of Equanimity, "Rinzai's True Man".

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Tenshin Roshi talks on case 52 of the Book of Equanimity, "Sozan's Dharmakaya".

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

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Tenshin Roshi touches on the koan, "Nansen Kills the Cat" and talks about the essence of practice.

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Tenshin Roshi talks on zazen, the foundation of Zen practice.

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Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 32 of the Book of Equanimity, "Kyozan's State of Mind".

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Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 23 of the Blue Cliff Record, "The Summit of the Mystic Peak."

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Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 11 of the Blue Cliff Record, "Gobblers of Dregs".

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Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 86 of the Book of Equanimity, "Rinzai's Great Enlightenment".

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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."

 

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tenshin Roshi takes questions from the assembly.

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Tenshin Roshi talks on one of the basic principles of Buddhism, cause and effect.

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Tenshin Roshi talks on case three of the Book of Equanimity, "An Invitation for the Ancestor".

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Tenshin Roshi speaks on a koan from the Book of Equanimity during the New Year's Sesshin at Yokoji.

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A dharma talk from Tenshin Roshi given during the Rohatsu Sesshin at Yokoji in 2019.

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Tenshin Roshi talks on the fundamentals of Zen practice.

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Tenshin Roshi delivers this talk on the sixth day of the September sesshin, 2019.

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Tenshin Roshi talks on The Heart Sutra.

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Tenshin Roshi talks on "Beiko's No Enlightenment" from the Book of Equanimity.

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A talk given on June 23rd, 2019 by Tenshin Roshi at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center.

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Tenshin Roshi gives a talk on Mother's Day, 2019.

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Tenshin Roshi talks about the community's experience over the winter with the heavy storms that caused major damage.

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Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 30 of the Book of Equanimty, "Daizu's Kalpa Fire" in relation to current circumstances.

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The final talk from the Fall 2018 Training Period from Tenshin Roshi.

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Tenshin Roshi gives his final Dharma talk two days before the new year during the New Year's Sesshin at Yokoji.

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Tenshin Roshi gives a talk on Thanksgiving weekend on the subject of wisdom.

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Tenshin Roshi addresses the assembly on a Sunday morning at Yokoji.

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Tenshin Roshi gives the first talk of the Fall Training Period 2018.

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Tenshin Roshi talks at the end of the Beginner's Mind Sesshin that was held at Yokoji in July 2018.

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Tenshin Roshi takes questions from the members and residents of Yokoji on a Sunday morning.

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Tenshin Roshi talks about how to use the change we experience in our life as food for practice.

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Tenshin Roshi talks during the final sesshin of the Spring Training Period, 2018.

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Tenshin Roshi takes questions from the trainees and members on a Sunday morning at Yokoji.

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Tenshin Roshi takes questions from the assembly on a Sunday morning at Yokoji.

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Tenshin Roshi takes questions from those present at Yokoji on a Sunday morning.

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Tenshin Roshi talks on practice in daily life.

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Tenshin Roshi talks on Zen practice and compassion during the New Year's Sesshin bridging 2017/2018.

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A dharma talk given by Tenshin Roshi at the end of the 2017 Rohatsu Sesshin at Yokoji.

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Tenshin Roshi takes questions from the assembly in this talk given in October at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center.

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Tenshin Roshi delivers a dharma talk during the first sesshin of the Fall Training Period at Yokoji about the touchstones of practice.

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Tenshin Roshi talks on Jizo Day about the role of vows in our lives.

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Tenshin Roshi takes questions from the assembly and talks on the benefits of practice.

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Tenshin, Roshi takes some questions from the Sangha before talking on Master Dogen's Genjokoan.

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Tenshin Roshi talks on the koan "The Stone Bridge of Joshu" from the Blue Cliff Record.

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A talk by Tenshin Roshi given during the March 2017 sesshin at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center.

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Tenshin Roshi takes questions from the sangha members on a Sunday morning at Yokoji.

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Tenshin Roshi talks on the relationship between thought and emotion in a question-and-answer-based talk given during the Sunday morning program in February 2017.

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Tenshin Roshi spoke about distractions in the context of Zen practice during the Beginner's Mind Sesshin that took place at Yokoji in January 2017.

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Tenshin Roshi talks on the Heart Sutra in a talk entitled, "The Heart of the Matter". The talk was given on the first day of the New Year's Sesshin at Yokoji.

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Tenshin Roshi talks about the cutting edge of practice and the importance of showing up. The talk was given during the Rohatsu sesshin, the retreat that celebrates the enlightenment of Shakyamuni Buddha.

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Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 95 of the Book of Equinimity, "Rinzai's One Stroke".

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Tenshin Roshi talks about approaches to practice—namely koan and just sitting meditation (shikantaza)—at the end of the September 2016 Sesshin at Yokoji.

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Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 32 of the Blue Cliff Record, "Standing There".

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This talk was given on July 3rd, 2016 at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center by Tenshin, Roshi.

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This talk was given by Tenshin Roshi on Sunday July 26th, 2016 at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center.

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Tenshin Roshi have this talk on the second day of the final sesshin of the Spring Training period at Yokoji in May 2016.

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

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Light and Dark

Tenshin Roshi talks on case 86 of the Blue Cliff Record, Ummon's "The Kitchen Pantry and the Main Gateway". The talk was given on March 9th, 2016 during the first sesshin of the Spring Training Period.

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Tenshin Roshi talks on Consciousness on Valentine's Day, 2016.

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