Dharma Talks at Jikoji

Dharma Talks are offered at Jikoji every Sunday at 11:40 am.  Our speakers represent a full cross section of Zen practitioners and perspectives ranging from the insight of our teachers immersed in a lifetime of study to the fresh glimpses of the world through the eyes of our newest residents.  The dharma talks are free and donations are gratefully accepted.  For a complete and chronological list of all talks from the last five years, please visit our audio archive at audio.jikoji.org.

DT: Peter Szydlowski

DT: Peter Szydlowski

Many years ago, Peter Szydlowski was ordained as a Zen Priest by Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi at Jikoji. On those infrequent occasions  when he is due to talk at a Sunday program or sesshin, he tends to focus on zazen, "just sitting", presence, and/or silence. He usually works outdoor kinhin into the schedule--he was, after all, a  National Park ranger for 16 years. He is still an avid hiker and traveler, "grampa" of five, and past Jikoji board president.

DT: Hans Vanja Palmers

DT: Hans Vanja Palmers

Zen Priest Hans Vanja Palmers, Dharma Heir of Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi , in 1989 together with the Benedictine monk David Steindl-Rast founded Puregg, Haus der Stille ('House of the Silence') in Austria.  Amongst other initiatives, Vanja Palmers is also co-founder of the meditation center Felsentor ('Rock Gate'), a small Zen-Buddhist inspired community which finds guidance in the meditative and contemplative traditions of all religions.

DT: Shoho Michael Newhall

DT:  Shoho Michael Newhall

Shoho Michael Newhall was ordained and transmitted by Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi. Prior to his installation as Jikoji’s Resident Teacher, he taught art and Buddhism at Naropa University, the Art Institute of Chicago, and other universities in the midwest. He leads sesshins and meditation workshops at Zen centers in the U.S. and Europe. Shoho has also practiced and studied with Keibun Otogawa in Japan, Dainin Katagiri Roshi, and Tenshin Reb Anderson.

DT: Junsei Jana Drakka 

DT: Junsei Jana Drakka 

Junsei Jana Drakka runs a 'street ministry' - popularly known as 'The Zendo Without Walls'- taking the Dharma teachings of loving kindness and total acceptance out of the temples and into the streets. Teaching in shelters, hospices and low-income  hotels offers the possibility of peace of mind to all without exception. Junsei travels widely sharing 'Harm Reduction Meditation' in universities, zen centers, hospitals and shelters.

Shuso Ceremony

Shuso Ceremony

Following Tanjo-e sesshin and after Jikoji's winter 2015 Ango practice period, Teachers Ian Forsberg and Michael Newhall will orchestrate a Shuso Ceremony to test the wisdom of Joe Hall, the Shuso.  Participants are invited to publicly question the Shuso about the most important dharma issues and problems, as well as the conundrums of daily life and practice.

Joe Hall

Joe Hall

Joseph W Hall is a resident priest at Jikoji Zen Center.  His energy is enthusiastically focused on the nexus between Lay Practice and the Monastic world and he is fascinated by the ways in which we interpret the world and the means by which physical motion trains the mind. He wakes up in the morning excited to witness the ongoing birth of American Zen. His favorite words are Sublime, Exquisite, and Ravissant.

Tersar Tulku Yingrik Drubpa Rinpoche

Tersar Tulku Yingrik Drubpa Rinpoche

Tersar Tulku Yingrik Drubpa was born into the Khangsar tribe of Golok, a pastoral, nomadic society in eastern Tibet. His Dharma name is Padma Thubten Rigdzin. From a young age, he received instruction in the precious Buddhist scriptures and sacred essential heart-essence teachings from many Lamas and Tulkus. He was recognized by Gomma Khanpo Lotsul as the reincarnation of Tulku Dordra. Lama Tashi Phuntsok predicted that Tersar would promote Buddhism around the world.

Tersar Tulku Yingrik Drubpa Rinpoche

Tersar Tulku Yingrik Drubpa Rinpoche

Tersar Tulku Yingrik Drubpa was born into the Khangsar tribe of Golok, a pastoral, nomadic society in eastern Tibet. His Dharma name is Padma Thubten Rigdzin. From a young age, he received instruction in the precious Buddhist scriptures and sacred essential heart-essence teachings from many Lamas and Tulkus. He was recognized by Gomma Khanpo Lotsul as the reincarnation of Tulku Dordra. Lama Tashi Phuntsok predicted that Tersar would promote Buddhism around the world.

Jana Drakka

Jana Drakka

Junsei Jana Drakka runs a 'street ministry' - popularly known as 'The Zendo Without Walls'- taking the Dharma teachings of loving kindness and total acceptance out of the temples and into the streets. Teaching in shelters, hospices and low-income  hotels offers the possibility of peace of mind to all without exception. Junsei travels widely sharing 'Harm Reduction Meditation' in universities, zen centers, hospitals and shelters.

Shoho Michael Newhall

Shoho Michael Newhall

Shoho Michael Newhall was ordained and transmitted by Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi. Prior to his installation as Jikoji’s Resident Teacher, he taught art and Buddhism at Naropa University, the Art Institute of Chicago, and other universities in the midwest. He leads sesshins and meditation workshops at Zen centers in the U.S. and Europe. Shoho has also practiced and studied with Keibun Otogawa in Japan, Dainin Katagiri Roshi, and Tenshin Reb Anderson. 

Listen to Mike's Dharma Talk, What is the World?

Joe Hall

Joe Hall

Joseph W Hall is a resident priest at Jikoji Zen Center.  His energy is enthusiastically focused on the nexus between Lay Practice and the Monastic world and he is fascinated by the ways in which we interpret the world and the means by which physical motion trains the mind. He wakes up in the morning excited to witness the ongoing birth of American Zen. His favorite words are Sublime, Exquisite, and Ravissant.

Listen to his Dharma Talk

Paula Jones

Paula Jones

Paula Jones was an early student of Kobun’s and, decades later, was ordained and given transmission by Angie Boissevain. She is a co-founder and teacher of Floating Zendo San Diego. After years of  teaching writing and literature in colleges and universities, she continues to write poems, create hand-bound chapbooks of her work and lead poetry workshops.

To listen to her dharma talk, click HERE

Shoho Michael Newhall

Shoho Michael Newhall

Shoho Michael Newhall was ordained and transmitted by Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi. Prior to his installation as Jikoji’s Resident Teacher, he taught art and Buddhism at Naropa University, the Art Institute of Chicago, and other universities in the midwest. He leads sesshins and meditation workshops at Zen centers in the U.S. and Europe. Shoho has also practiced and studied with Keibun Otogawa in Japan, Dainin Katagiri Roshi, and Tenshin Reb Anderson.

Jana Drakka

Jana Drakka

Junsei Jana Drakka runs a 'street ministry' - popularly known as 'The Zendo Without Walls'- taking the Dharma teachings of loving kindness and total acceptance out of the temples and into the streets. Teaching in shelters, hospices and low-income  hotels offers the possibility of peace of mind to all without exception. Junsei travels widely sharing 'Harm Reduction Meditation' in universities, zen centers, hospitals and shelters.

Kokyo Henkel, guiding teacher of Santa Cruz Zen Center

Kokyo Henkel, guiding teacher of Santa Cruz Zen Center

Kokyo Henkel leads a new generation of Buddhist scholars and is currently Head Teacher at Santa Cruz Zen Center. Kokyo's interests include looking at how the classic original teachings of Buddha-Dharma from ancient India, China, and Japan are still very much alive and useful in present-day America to bring peace and harmony to this troubled world. 

Click to listen to his Dharma Talk on The Heart Sutra