Rochester Zen Center Teisho (Zen Talks)

Rochester Zen Center Teisho (Zen Talks)

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Dharma talks by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede and others. Roshi Kjolhede is abbot of the Rochester Zen Center and dharma heir of Roshi Philip Kapleau.


October 2019 Sesshin, Day 7, Amala-sensei: Ziyong’s Ship of Compassion
Oct 5 • 42 min
Teisho by Sensei Amala Wrightson
October 2019 Sesshin, Day 6, Amala-sensei: Subtle Sound: The Zen Teachings of Maurine Stuart, edited by Roko Sherry Chayat
Oct 4 • 44 min
Teisho by Sensei Amala Wrightson
October 2019 Sesshin, Day 5, Amala-sensei: Subtle Sound: The Zen Teachings of Maurine Stuart, edited by Roko Sherry Chayat
Oct 3 • 49 min
Teisho by Sensei Amala Wrightson
October 2019 Sesshin, Day 4, Amala-sensei: Subtle Sound: The Zen Teachings of Maurine Stuart, edited by Roko Sherry Chayat
Oct 2 • 48 min
Teisho by Sensei Amala Wrightson
October 2019 Sesshin, Day 3, Amala-sensei: Subtle Sound: The Zen Teachings of Maurine Stuart, edited by Roko Sherry Chayat
Oct 1 • 49 min
Teisho by Sensei Amala Wrightson
October 2019 Sesshin, Day 2, Amala-sensei: Meetings with Remarkable Women: Buddhist Teachers in America, by Lenore Friedman
Sep 30 • 50 min
Teachings of Maurine Stuart
October 2019 Sesshin, Day 1, Amala-sensei: Meetings with Remarkable Women: Buddhist Teachers in America, by Lenore Friedman
Sep 29 • 49 min
Teachings of Maurine Stuart
Zazen As Pure Science Experiment
Sep 22 • 43 min
The dichotomy of science and religion, empiricism and direct experience, falls apart in the practice of Zen. Curiosity, wonder, investigation–these are the essentials of both science and the mystical spiritual traditions such as Zen.
What If Global Warming Is Irreversible?
Sep 15 • 48 min
If it is, how would that change our behavior? Each one of us will die someday anyway, so how do we work with that? Jonathan Franzen presents the worst-case scenario, but then there are other points of view.
September 2019 Sesshin, Day 1: Encouraging Words: Zen Buddhist Teachings for Western Students, by Robert Aitken
Sep 7 • 35 min
Dharma talk by Eryl Kubicka
Teisho by Roshi Philip Kapleau, November 1976 Sesshin, Day 5: Mumonkan #8 “Keichu’s Cart”
Aug 18 • 37 min
Teisho by Roshi Philip Kaleau, played on Founder’s Day – August, 18, 2019.
Global Buddhism: A Display of Emptiness
Aug 11 • 45 min
Based on a 2017 Tricycle article by Kurt Spellmeyer: “Globalism 3.0: The Secret to World Harmony Isn’t Oneness. It’s multiplicity.”
July 2019 Sesshin, Day 7: Blue Cliff Record #80, “Joshu’s “A Newborn Baby””
Aug 3 • 44 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
July 2019 Sesshin, Day 6: Mumonkan #10, “Sozan and Poor Seizei”
Aug 2 • 42 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
July 2019 Sesshin, Day 4: Zen Essence: The Science of Freedom (trans. by Thomas Cleary)
Jul 31 • 45 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
July 2019 Sesshin, Day 3: Zen Essence: The Science of Freedom (trans. by Thomas Cleary)
Jul 30 • 45 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
July 2019 Sesshin, Day 2: Zen Essence: The Science of Freedom (trans. by Thomas Cleary)
Jul 29 • 48 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
July 2019 Sesshin, Day 1: Chanting as Zen Practice
Jul 28 • 47 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
Zendo Air Conditioning and Won Buddhism
Jul 21 • 47 min
First Half: Our recent efforts to cool the zendo in sweltering weather. Second Half: Won Buddhism, a Korean strain of the Dharma.
The Blindness of Other-ist Views
Jun 23 • 50 min
Conceptualizing people of conflicting political views or of different race, ethnicity, or gender as “other” leads us to more easily react with hostility to what they say, especially in the anonymous and reckless world of social media. Based on the age-old…
June 2019 Sesshin, Day 7: Blue Cliff Record #44, “Kasan’s ‘Beating the Drum’”
Jun 15 • 33 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
June 2019 Sesshin, Day 6: Mumonkan #7, “Joshu’s ‘Wash Your Bowl’”
Jun 14 • 44 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
June 2019 Sesshin, Day 5: Mud and Water: The Teachings of Zen Master Bassui (trans. by Arthur Braverman)
Jun 13 • 45 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
June 2019 Sesshin, Day 4: Mud and Water: The Teachings of Zen Master Bassui (trans. by Arthur Braverman)
Jun 12 • 47 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
June 2019 Sesshin, Day 3: Mud and Water: The Teachings of Zen Master Bassui (trans. by Arthur Braverman)
Jun 11 • 46 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
June 2019 Sesshin, Day 1: Mud and Water: The Teachings of Zen Master Bassui (trans. by Arthur Braverman)
Jun 9 • 46 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
Practice and Faith Nourishing Each Other
Jun 2 • 51 min
In Zen, faith grows through practice experience, even as faith sustains practice. They co-evolve continuously, sustaining each other. This is Hakuin’s “oneness of cause and effect,” out of which awakening can emerge.
Coming to the Path Talk by Sudama Ngo
May 26 • 53 min
Sudama, an ordained priest at the Center, gave this account of coming to the Dharma and coming to the Center. For more of her story, see these two Zen Bow articles: https://www.rzc.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Just-Money-Luna-Ngo.pdf…
Dharma talk by Eryl Kubicka, “Responding and Resilience in Parenting”
May 12 • 43 min
Based on a New York Times article “Which is Better; Rewards or Punishments? Neither” by Heather Turgeon. It describes a middle way of engaging with children, essentially based on responding out of our true nature and intuition without getting stuck in…
Conspiracy Theories: Why Believe Them?
Apr 28 • 41 min
Recently we’ve seen conspiracy theories gaining wider currency in our country, which is just the latest surge in a long history of such theories. What spawns such ideas, and why do so many people believe in even the most far-fetched ones?
Where Christ and Bodhidharma Meet
Apr 21 • 44 min
An Easter Sunday look at apophatic theology, the Christian view of God as essentially unknowable or ineffable, which also insists that human language is inadequate to describe God. This insight overlaps with Zen and the famous words of its Founder: “I…
April 2019 Sesshin, Day 7: Mumonkan #2, “Hyakujo’s Fox” Part 2
Apr 6 • 46 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
April 2019 Sesshin, Day 6: Mumonkan #2, “Hyakujo’s Fox” Part 1
Apr 5 • 44 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
April 2019 Sesshin, Day 5: Swampland Flowers: The Letters and Lectures of Zen Master Ta Hui (trans. by J.C. Cleary)
Apr 4 • 50 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
April 2019 Sesshin, Day 4: Bankei Zen (trans. by Peter Haskel)
Apr 3 • 52 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
April 2019 Sesshin, Day 3: Bankei Zen (trans. by Peter Haskel)
Apr 2 • 47 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
April 2019 Sesshin, Day 2: Bankei Zen (trans. by Peter Haskel)
Apr 1 • 47 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
April 2019 Sesshin, Day 1: Bankei Zen (trans. by Peter Haskel)
Mar 31 • 42 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
Friendship: A Remedy for Cultural Disruption and Loneliness
Mar 17 • 42 min
Those who perpetrate mass shootings such as the one in New Zealand last week are often “loners.” But more people than ever in our country and elsewhere, while more “connected” than ever via social media, suffer from social isolation, which in turn can…
The Value of Getting Lost
Mar 10 • 49 min
Losing our bearings in the world, either literally or figuratively, can provoke anxiety, but it also opens us to new vistas. Zazen at its best draws us into this state of wonder-ing, where we have the promise of losing our self and finding true freedom.
March 2019 Sesshin, Day 2: Everyday Zen, by Charlotte Joko Beck
Mar 3 • 49 min
Dharma Talk by Trueman Taylor
March 2019 Sesshin, Day 1: Everyday Zen, by Charlotte Joko Beck
Mar 2 • 53 min
Dharma Talk by Trueman Taylor
Dharma Talk by Tom Kowal, “Dharma and Depression – Part 2”
Feb 17 • 59 min
Dharma Talk by Tom Kowal
Dharma Talk by John Pulleyn: “Why Buddhism Is True”
Feb 10 • 60 min
Commentary on the book, Why Buddhism Is True by Robert Wright – a look at Buddhism from the standpoint of evolutionary psychology.
Secular Creeds as Substitutes for Religion
Jan 27 • 43 min
In his article “America’s New Religions,” Andrew Sullivan argues that all of us–conservatives, liberals, and even atheists–have our “religions”: belief systems, ideologies, or tribal affiliations that we “worship” beyond reason because they give meaning…
January 2019 Sesshin, Day 7: Mumonkan #6, “The Buddha Holds Up a Flower”
Jan 12 • 46 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
January 2019 Sesshin, Day 6: Mumonkan #5, “Kyogen’s Man Up a Tree”
Jan 11 • 39 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
January 2019 Sesshin, Day 5: Blue Cliff Record #61, “Fuketsu’s One Particle of Dust”
Jan 10 • 44 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
January 2019 Sesshin, Day 4: Discourse of Master Hsu Yun from The Practice of Zen (trans. C.C.Chang)
Jan 9 • 48 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
January 2019 Sesshin, Day 3: Zen Master Hakuin – Selected Writings ( trans. Yampolski)
Jan 8 • 37 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
January 2019 Sesshin, Day 2: Mud and Water: The Teachings of Zen Master Bassui (trans. Arthur Braverman)
Jan 7 • 48 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
January 2019 Sesshin, Day 1: Short Autobiographies of Two Chinese Zen Masters
Jan 6 • 44 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
The Zen Poetry of Ryokan
Dec 16, 2018 • 54 min
Ryokan was an eccentric 18th-century enlightened Zen hermit-monk who is still beloved in Japan for his poetry. In this collection of his verses, One Robe, One Bowl, he captures both the beauty and pathos of human life, and like his younger contemporary…
December 2018 Sesshin, Day 4: Catching a Feather on a Fan: A Zen Retreat With Master Sheng Yen, by John Crook
Dec 8, 2018
Dharma talk by John Pulleyn
December 2018 Sesshin, Day 3: Catching a Feather on a Fan: A Zen Retreat With Master Sheng Yen, by John Crook
Dec 7, 2018 • 45 min
Dharma Talk by John Pulleyn
December 2018 Sesshin, Day 1: Being Dharma: The Essence of the Buddha’s Teachings, by Ajahn Chah
Dec 5, 2018 • 43 min
Dharma Talk by John Pulleyn
Mumonkan #32, “A Non-Buddhist Questions the Buddha”
Dec 2, 2018 • 54 min
A non-Buddhist comes to awakening before the Buddha, sitting in silence, while his longtime disciple Ananda, standing in attendance, remains dumbfounded. How notions of identity can bind us. Who awakens? No one!
Jukai, Buddhist (Non-)Identity, and the Power of Vows
Nov 24, 2018 • 45 min
The ceremony of Jukai (Taking the Precepts) is basically an initiation into the Dharma. To be a Buddhist is to commit to aligning oneself with what is real–direct experience, not thoughts. It is to see things as they are in order to be with things as they…
November 2018 Sesshin, Day 7: Mumonkan #48, “Kempo’s One Road”
Nov 10, 2018 • 47 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
November 2018 Sesshin, Day 6: Shoyoroku #20, “Dizang’s ‘Most Intimate’”
Nov 9, 2018 • 46 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
November 2018 Sesshin, Day 5: Zen Letters: Teachings of Yuanwu (trans. J.C. & T. Cleary)
Nov 8, 2018 • 43 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
November 2018 Sesshin, Day 4: Zen Letters: Teachings of Yuanwu (trans. J.C. & T. Cleary)
Nov 7, 2018 • 46 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
November 2018 Sesshin, Day 3: Zen Letters: Teachings of Yuanwu (trans. J.C. & T. Cleary)
Nov 6, 2018 • 43 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
November 2018 Sesshin, Day 2: Zen Dawn: Early Zen Texts from Tun Huang (trans. J.C. Cleary)
Nov 5, 2018 • 49 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
November 2018 Sesshin, Day 1: Zen Dawn: Early Zen Texts from Tun Huang (trans. J.C. Cleary)
Nov 4, 2018 • 44 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Commentary on texts from the first Zen Masters.
Miaozong’s Dharma Encounter, Amala-sensei
Oct 28, 2018 • 54 min
Throughout much of history women’s bodies have been viewed as impure and dangerous by prevailing androcentric cultures, west and east, and unfortunately there still are many examples of this attitude in Buddhism today. In this story from the Song Dynasty,…
Caring, Engaging, Voting
Oct 14, 2018 • 35 min
The minimal response we can offer our descendants, who are under more threats than ever, is to vote. This is a contemporary way to “enter the marketplace with helping hands,” the ultimate stage of Dharma practice.
October 2018 Sesshin, Day 7, Amala-sensei: Satsujo Overcomes Hakuin
Oct 6, 2018 • 39 min
”Before the tongue has moved the teaching has finished” — but take care — short of full awakening there is still work to do.
October 2018 Sesshin, Day 6, Amala-sensei: Chiyono’s No Water No Moon
Oct 5, 2018 • 55 min
Being willing to let things fall apart
October 2018 Sesshin, Day 5, Amala-sensei: Attaining the Way: A Guide to the Practice of Chan Buddhism (by Master Sheng Yen & Others)
Oct 4, 2018 • 46 min
Teisho by Sensei Amala Wrightson
October 2018 Sesshin, Day 4, Amala-sensei: Attaining the Way: A Guide to the Practice of Chan Buddhism (by Master Sheng Yen & Others)
Oct 3, 2018 • 49 min
Teisho by Sensei Amala Wrightson
October 2018 Sesshin, Day 3, Amala-sensei: Attaining the Way: A Guide to the Practice of Chan Buddhism (by Master Sheng Yen & Others)
Oct 2, 2018 • 48 min
Teisho by Sensei Amala Wrightson
October 2018 Sesshin, Day 2, Amala-sensei: Attaining the Way: A Guide to the Practice of Chan Buddhism (by Master Sheng Yen & Others)
Oct 1, 2018 • 50 min
Teisho by Sensei Amala Wrightson
October 2018 Sesshin, Day 1, Amala-sensei: Attaining the Way: A Guide to the Practice of Chan Buddhism (by Master Sheng Yen & Others)
Sep 30, 2018 • 48 min
Teisho by Sensei Amala Wrightson
Blue Cliff Record #55, “Dogo’s ‘I Won’t Say’”
Sep 23, 2018 • 47 min
The relative nature of the terms “living” and “dead,” and how one monk’s struggle with them led him to enlightenment.
Integrating Life and Practice: Women’s Voices – Eryl Kubicka
Sep 9, 2018 • 34 min
A Dharma talk by Eryl Kubicka on the second day of the September 2018 two-day sesshin.
Teisho by Roshi Philip Kapleau, June 1975 Sesshin, Day 7: Mumonkan #36 “Goso’s ‘No Words or Silence’”
Aug 19, 2018 • 43 min
Recording of a teisho given by Roshi Philip Kapleau on the last day of the June 1975 sesshin and played on Founder’s Day, August 19, 2018.
Our Marvelous Microbiome: A Web of Mutual Causation
Aug 12, 2018 • 47 min
How our concepts of individual self-identity and linear causality are being dissolved by the wondrous workings of our gut microbes. Readings from I Contain Multitudes, by Ed Yong.
July/August 2018 Sesshin, Day 7: Shoyoroku #13, “Linji’s ‘Blind Donkey’”
Aug 4, 2018 • 43 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede from the July/August 2018 sesshin. Commentary on a koan from The Book of Serenity.
July/August 2018 Sesshin, Day 6: Blue Cliff Record #18, “The National Teacher’s Seamless Monument”
Aug 3, 2018 • 42 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede from the July/August 2018 sesshin. Commentary on a koan from the Blue Cliff Record.
July/August 2018 Sesshin, Day 5: Zen Essence (trans. T. Cleary)
Aug 2, 2018 • 44 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
July/August 2018 Sesshin, Day 4: Zen Letters: Teachings of Yuanwu (trans. J.C. & T. Cleary)
Aug 1, 2018 • 44 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
July/August 2018 Sesshin, Day 3: Zen Letters: Teachings of Yuanwu (trans. J.C. & T. Cleary)
Jul 31, 2018 • 48 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
July/August 2018 Sesshin, Day 2: Zen Letters: Teachings of Yuanwu (trans. J.C. & T. Cleary)
Jul 30, 2018 • 42 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
July/August 2018 Sesshin, Day 1: Zen Letters: Teachings of Yuanwu (trans. J.C. & T. Cleary)
Jul 29, 2018 • 41 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
The Latest Scandal in American Buddhism
Jul 22, 2018 • 51 min
A look at the sexual misconduct, widely disclosed this month, of the head of Shambhala International, one of the major Tibetan Buddhist lineages, and the fallout in that Sangha.
June 2018 Sesshin, Day 7: Blue Cliff Record #67, “The Great Bodhisattva Fu Lectures on the Diamond Sutra”
Jun 16, 2018 • 39 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
June 2018 Sesshin, Day 6: Mumonkan #19, “Ordinary Mind is the Way”
Jun 15, 2018 • 42 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
June 2018 Sesshin, Day 5: Zen Essence (trans. T. Cleary)
Jun 14, 2018 • 48 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
June 2018 Sesshin, Day 4: Zen Essence (trans. T. Cleary)
Jun 13, 2018 • 42 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
June 2018 Sesshin, Day 3: The Original Face: An Anthology of Rinzai Zen (trans. T. Cleary)
Jun 12, 2018 • 43 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
June 2018 Sesshin, Day 2: The Original Face: An Anthology of Rinzai Zen (trans. T. Cleary)
Jun 11, 2018 • 43 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
June 2018 Sesshin, Day 1: The Original Face: An Anthology of Rinzai Zen (trans. T. Cleary)
Jun 10, 2018 • 40 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
Teisho by Sunya Kjolhede Roshi: Reclaiming Our Resilient Spirit
Jun 3, 2018 • 50 min
Teisho by Sunya Kjolhede Roshi: Reclaiming Our Resilient Spirit
Dharma Talk by John Pulleyn: “Working with Habits”
May 13, 2018 • 65 min
Dharma Talk by John Pulleyn: “Working with Habits”
Fear and Avoidance As the Engines of Risk-Taking Behavior
May 6, 2018 • 51 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
The Tyranny of Convenience, the Allure of What’s Easiest
Apr 29, 2018 • 49 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
Dharma Talk by Tom Kowal, “Dharma and Depression”
Apr 22, 2018 • 72 min
Dharma Talk by Tom Kowal, “Dharma and Depression”
April 2018 Sesshin, Day 7: Mumonkan #46, “Step Forward From the Top of a Hundred-Foot Pole”
Apr 14, 2018 • 37 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
April 2018 Sesshin, Day 6: Mumonkan #28, “Ryutan Blows Out a Candle”
Apr 13, 2018 • 46 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
April 2018 Sesshin, Day 5: The Practice of Zen (trans. C.C. Chang)
Apr 12, 2018 • 43 min
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede