Ellen Richter began her zen practice with Kobun Chino Roshi 40 years ago in Santa Cruz. Later she resided at the Zen Center of Los Angeles for two years where she was lay ordained by Maezumi Roshi and studied with Joko Beck. After a three-year stay in Japan, Ellen returned to Santa Cruz to raise her son, David, and to continue working as an early childhood educator. In 2013 she was ordained as a priest by Angie Boissevain.
These 5 talks are from our June 2018 Genzo-e Sesshin with Kokyo Henkel, Head Teacher at Santa Cruz Zen Center, where we studied a section of Dogen’s Shobogenzo titled: “The Ten Directions” (Jippo). ‘A Zen ancestor once said, “The entire world of the ten directions is the radiant light of the self. The entire world of the ten directions is within the radiant light of the self. In the entire world of the ten directions, there is not a single person that is not the self.”’ Listen & explore...
Shoho Michael Newhall is Jikoji’s Resident Teacher. In this talk from May 20th 2018, Michael talks about case #45 from the Mumonkoan: "Shakyamuni Buddha is a servant of that one. Who is that one?" To illustrate the topic, Mike draws on the 4 Brahmaviharas, aspiration, and the 4 Engagements.
Carolyn Dille is a poet and writer who facilitates creativity retreats and workshops for both groups and individuals. She has been practicing Buddhist and other meditative forms for over 30 years and teaches dharma in the Vipassana Insight and Soto Zen traditions. She holds dharma transmission from Angie Enjo Boissevain and is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s CDL program.
Andy Acker is one of our residents at Jikoji and recently ordained as a priest in the lineage of Kobun Chino, Roshi. He holds a B.A. in Psychology and Religion from Naropa University and a Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In this talk, Andy speaks about the mysterious Chinese Zen figure of Layman Pang as a gateway to discussing connections and differences of lay and monastic practices within Buddhism.