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.

Direct download: Post-fire_Talk.mp3
Category:Buddhism -- posted at: 1:00am PDT

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
Category:Buddhism -- posted at: 4:00am PDT

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

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Category:Buddhism -- posted at: 1:00am PDT

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
Category:Buddhism -- posted at: 1:00am PDT

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
Category:Buddhism -- posted at: 4:00am PDT

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
Category:Buddhism -- posted at: 2:00am PDT

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
Category:Buddhism -- posted at: 6:00am PDT

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
Category:Buddhism -- posted at: 6:00am PDT

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
Category:Buddhism -- posted at: 5:00am PDT

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
Category:Buddhism -- posted at: 5:00am PDT

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
Category:Buddhism -- posted at: 2:00am PDT

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
Category:Buddhism -- posted at: 1:00am PDT

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.

Direct download: Kyuhos_Head_and_Tail.mp3
Category:Buddhism -- posted at: 8:32pm PDT

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
Category:Buddhism -- posted at: 5:00am PDT

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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Category:Buddhism -- posted at: 11:00pm PDT

Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 13 of the Book of Equanimity, 'Rinzai's Blind Donkey'. This talk was given on a Sunday morning  at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center.

Direct download: Rinzais_Blind_Donkey.mp3
Category:Buddhism -- posted at: 4:26pm PDT

Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 27 of The Blue Cliff Record, recorded during the the final Sesshin of Spring Trainind Period.

Direct download: Body_Exposed.mp3
Category:Buddhism -- posted at: 11:02am PDT

Tenshin Roshi talks on a number of issues around Zen practice in this talk from the April 2012 sesshin. Tenshin Roshi is the abbot of Yokoji Zen Mountain Center, a Zen Training Center in the mountains of Southern California.

Direct download: April_2012_Sesshin.mp3
Category:Buddhism -- posted at: 10:00pm PDT

Tenshin Roshi talks on 'Mumon's Zen Warnings'. The Zen warnings come at the close of the Gateless Gate, a collection of koans compiled by Master Mumon. They are a list of apparant contradictions, warning practitioners away from various pitfalls, leaving what seems like no place to stand.

Direct download: Mumons_Zen_Warnings.mp3
Category:Buddhism -- posted at: 5:08pm PDT

The Great Way Knows no Difficulty

Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 2 of the Blue Cliff Record, 'The Great Way Knows no Difficulty'. Tenshin Roshi is the abbot of Yokoji Zen Mountain Center in the mountains of Southern California.

Direct download: Great_Way_Knows_no_Difficulty.mp3
Category:Buddhism -- posted at: 6:24pm PDT

Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 1 of the Gateless Gate, 'Joshu's Dog', or 'Mu' as it also known. It is one of the most famous barrier koans in the Zen tradition.

Direct download: Joshus_Dog.mp3
Category:Buddhism -- posted at: 10:52am PDT

Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 57 of the Book of Equanimity, 'Genyo's One Thing'. The talk was given during the New Year's Sesshin at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center and Tenshin Roshi brings up the theme of hindrances and resolutions at the turn of the year.

Direct download: Genyos_One_Thing.mp3
Category:Buddhism -- posted at: 4:12pm PDT

Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 2 of the Book of Equanimity, 'Bodhidharma's Vast Emptiness'. It is the koan that the head trainee, Eishu Twentyman, also presented a few weeks later for his dharma combat ceremony. Tenshin Roshi is the abbot of Yokoji Zen Mountain Center, a year-round Zen Buddhist Training Center located in the mountains of Southern California.

Direct download: Bodhidharmas_Vast_Emptiness.mp3
Category:Buddhism -- posted at: 6:32pm PDT

Tenshin Roshi talks on case 55 of the Blue Cliff record, 'Won't Say'. Tenshin Roshi is the abbot of Yokoji-Zen Mountain Center.

Direct download: Wont_Say.mp3
Category:Buddhism -- posted at: 7:08pm PDT

Tenshin Roshi talks about different elements of practice and how practice is possible where ever you are, at any time. This talk is perfect for those of us who struggle with the idea of what practice is.

Direct download: PracticeInEverydayLife.mp3
Category:Buddhism -- posted at: 12:13pm PDT

Tenshin Roshi talks on case 10 from the koan collection the Gateless Gate - "Seizei the Poor". This talk was given on July 3rd, 2011 at the close of the Beginner's Mind Sesshin at Yokoji-Zen Mountain Center.

Direct download: Seizei-the-Poor.mp3
Category:Buddhism -- posted at: 1:00am PDT

Tenshin Roshi talks on 'Joshu's Dog' or 'mu', the first koan in the collection known as the Gateless Gate. It is a pivotal koan in Zen Training, and Roshi talks about the basics of practice and how this koan is used.

Direct download: Mu.mp3
Category:Buddhism -- posted at: 4:44pm PDT

Tenshin Roshi talks on the 'Identity of Relative and Absolute', the text written by Sekito Kisen in the 8th Century that we chant daily as part of our morning service.

Direct download: IdofRelandAbs.mp3
Category:Buddhism -- posted at: 11:00am PDT

Tenshin Roshi talks on the 'Heart Sutra', a core Buddhist text that is chanted daily in temples all around the world.

Direct download: Heart_Sutra.mp3
Category:Buddhism -- posted at: 12:30am PDT

Tenshin Roshi talks at the opening of the Spring 2011 Training Period at Yokoji about the importance of a period of time where practice is the main focus.

Direct download: BeginningOfSpring2011TP.mp3
Category:Buddhism -- posted at: 9:01pm PDT

Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 5 from the Gateless Gate, 'Kyogen's Man Up A Tree'.

Direct download: Kyogens_Man_Up_a_Tree.mp3
Category:Buddhism -- posted at: 8:17pm PDT

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

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Category:Buddhism -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

Tenshin Roshi discusses a variety of topics, threading together questions from the assembly and touching on the theme of New Year's resolutions.

Direct download: NY-Sesshin.mp3
Category:Buddhism -- posted at: 6:14pm PDT

Tenshin Roshi gave this talk during the 2010 Rohatsu Sesshin at Yokoji-Zen Mountain Center. The Rohatsu Sesshin is an annual event, a time when participants deepen their practice to commemorate the enlightenment of Shakyamuni Buddha.

Direct download: Rohatsu_Sesshin.mp3
Category:Buddhism -- posted at: 8:30pm PDT

Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 6 of the Blue Cliff Record, Master Ummon's 'A Good Day'. The talk was given during the October 2010 sesshin at Yokoji-Zen Mountain Center.

Direct download: A_Good_Day.mp3
Category:Buddhism -- posted at: 3:11pm PDT

Tenshin Roshi talks about Zen Ancestor Bashubanzu (Vasubandhu) from Keizan Zenji's 'Record of the Transmission of the Light' (Denkoroku).

Direct download: Bashubanzu_-_Denkoroku.mp3
Category:Buddhism -- posted at: 9:07pm PDT

Tenshin Roshi talks on Case 12 of the Gateless Gate, "Zuigen Calls Himself 'Master'". We will release a new podcast every month. Please subscribe or visit www.zmc.org/mediacenter to hear the talks.

Direct download: Zuigens_Master.mp3
Category:Buddhism -- posted at: 4:19pm PDT

July 25, 2010

"Buddha Holds up a Flower" - Case 6 from the Gateless Gate

Tenshin Fletcher Roshi, Abbot of Yokoji-Zen Mountain Center, talks on the koan "Buddha Holds up a Flower". This is the first podcast from Yokoji-Zen Mountain Center. We will be releasing one at the beginning of every month. Please subscribe or visit www.zmc.org/mediacenter to hear the talks.

Direct download: Buddha_Holds_Up_A_Flower.mp3
Category:Buddhism -- posted at: 3:52pm PDT