Philip Kapleau was one of the founding fathers of American Zen. After 13 years undergoing Zen training in Japan under three Zen masters, he was ordained by Hakuun Yasutani-roshi in 1965 and given permission by him to teach. In 1966 he publishedThe Three Pillars of Zen and then founded the Rochester Zen Center. Roshi Kapleau died in May, 2004, at the age of 91.

Learn more about Roshi Kapleau in a 2019 teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede.

The following are just a few of his teisho (Dharma talks).

Teisho

Teisho by Roshi Kapleau: Hekiganroku #38, “Fuketsu and the Dharma Seal”

August 14, 2022
Sesshin: December 1979, Day 7. Played on Founder’s Day – August 14, 2022. Teisho by Roshi Philip Kapleau. Automated Transcript

Teisho by Roshi Kapleau: Mumonkan #3 “Gutei’s Finger”

August 16, 2020
Sesshin: October 1976, Day 4. Played on Founder’s Day – August 16, 2020. Teisho by Roshi Philip Kapleau.

Teisho by Roshi Kapleau: Mumonkan #8 “Keichu’s Cart”

August 18, 2019
Sesshin: November 1976, Day 5. Played on Founder’s Day – August, 18, 2019. Teisho by Roshi Philip Kapleau.

Teisho by Roshi Kapleau: Mumonkan #36 “Goso’s ‘No Words or Silence'”

August 19, 2018
Sesshin: June 1975, Day 7. Played on Founder’s Day, August 19, 2018. Teisho by Roshi Philip Kapleau.