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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Tenshin Roshi talks on Fear and Attachment at the beginning of 2016 at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center.

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Tenshin Roshi talks on a case koan about the life of the ancient master, Vasubandhu.

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Tenshin Roshi gave this talk in November 2015 at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center.

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Tenshin Roshi gave this talk on Sunday October 18th at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center.

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Tenshin Roshi gave this talk at the opening of the Fall Training Period at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center on Sunday September 20th, 2015.

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Tenshin Roshi gave this talk on Jizo Day, August 2015 at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center.

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Tenshin Roshi gave this talk in July, 2015 at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center.

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Tenshin Roshi talks on a koan from the Blue Cliff Record in this talk given in June, 2015 at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center.

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Tenshin Roshi gave this talk in May 2015 at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center.

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Tenshin Roshi talks on case 21 of the Book of Equanimity, Ungan Sweeps the Ground. The talk was given on April 12th, 2015, at the end of the April sesshin at Yokoji.

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Tenshin Roshi talks on case 31 of the Gateless Gate, "Joshu Investigates the Old Woman". This talk was given in March 2015 during a sesshin at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center.

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Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 23 of the Book or Equanimity, "Roso Faces the Wall".

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Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 11 of the Blue Cliff Record, Master Obaku's "Gobbler's of Dregs".

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Tenshin Roshi talks on the first case of the Denkoroku, or The Record of the Transmission of the Light in honor of Shakyamuni Buddha's enlightenment which is celebrated in our tradition on December 8th.

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Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 30 of the Gateless Gate, "Mind is Buddha".

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Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 66 of the Book of Equanimity, "Kyuho's Head and Tail". The talk was given on October 19th, 2014 at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center.

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Tenshin Roshi gave this talk on Sunday September 14th at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center. Roshi brings up Case 62 from the Book of Equanimity, "Bako's No Enlightenment".

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Tenshin Roshi talks on this Rakuho's Acquiescence, a "finishing koan" (a koan for refining understanding) from the Book of Equanimity.

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Given a few days after Independence day, Tenshin Roshi talks on the subject of independence, using the koan "Zuigen's Master" from the Gateless Gate as a starting point.

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Tenshin Roshi brings up case 65 from the Blue Cliff Record, "A Non-Buddhist Questions the Buddha". The talk brings up the question of how important is 'religious' activity in comparison to insight.

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Tenshin Roshi spoke about practicing in the place that you stand on Mother's Day, May 11th, 2014. The talk was given at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center where a dharma talk is given every Sunday morning for the sangha and general public.

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The April 2014 sesshin concluded with Tenshin Roshi giving the precepts to two of his students. This talk was given during the sesshin and Roshi brings up the matter of the precepts.

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Tenshin Roshi talks on being self reliant, referencing the koan, 'Baso's White and Black' from the Book of Equanimity. The talk was given at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center on March 9th, 2014.

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At the time of year when it seems everyone is suffering from a cold or the flu, Tenshin Roshi talks about sickness from a practice perspective. This talk was given at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center on February 16th, 2014 during the regular Sunday Schedule.

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The February 2014 podcast from Yokoji Zen Mountain Center. Tenshin Roshi talks on "Ummon's Sounds and Shapes", case 82 of the Book of Equanimity.

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Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 52 of the Book of Equanimity, "Sozan's Dharmakaya". The talk was given on December 1st, 2013 at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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