Monthly Dharma talks by Tenshin Fletcher Roshi at Yokoji-Zen Mountain Center. Yokoji is a year-round Zen Buddhist Training Center in the Southern Californian mountains.
The Inquisitive Mind
Tenshin Roshi talks on Parts 1 and 6 of Master Dogen's Bendowa or "On the Endeavor of the Way."
In The Midst of Activity
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.”
Tenshin Roshi speaks on the first two sections of Henzan or All-Inclusive Study, from Moon in a Dewdrop, Writings of Zen Master Dogen.
You Are You!
Tenshin Roshi talks on case 7 of the Blue Cliff Record, "Asking About Buddha".
Deanne Shinzan Larsen — Dharma Combat
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).
The True Person
Tenshin Roshi talks on case 38 of the Book of Equanimity, "Rinzai's True Man".
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Disappointing characterization of BLM
I will admit I have only so far listened to Zoom Talk #10 and was completely put off by the host’s weak discussion of BLM and oppression. He immediately started discussing how oppression could happen against AnYoNE, even white people, and it is sooo absurd to oppress another person, (obvious) and that THOUSANDS OF YEARS AGO white people were slaves TOO. What a disappointing way to deflect the Black Lives Matter message calling for justice for Black people in the present day, not to mention that the large majority of BLM demands are around addressing structural inequalities and maintained systems of racism, not about direct person to person discrimination (although that’s important too). It was disappointing to hear a white person re-direct the BLM conversation to “And WHiTE PeOPle wERe SLAvEs too” and completely mischaracterize what people are demanding in this moment. With all respect (and as a fellow white person) I hope the host reconsiders how his framing here may be inaccurate and harmful to the larger movement for racial justice.