Bodhin Kjolhede is Roshi Philip Kapleau’s Dharma successor and served as Abbot of the Rochester Zen Center for 22 years (from 1987 to 2022). The following are among his more recent teisho (Dharma talks).

Teisho

Thanksgiving Advice

November 23, 2022
Talk by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

Zen Destruction and Aspiration

October 9, 2022
How Zen practice deconstructs the self while the Dharma nourishes the Self, with a commentary on the koan “Linji’s Blind Donkey” Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

Blue Cliff Record #53, “Hyakujo and the Wild Duck”

September 30, 2022
Sesshin: September 2022, Day 6. Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

Zen Master Bassui from Mud and Water (trans. by Arthur Braverman)

September 29, 2022
Sesshin: September 2022, Day 5. Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

Zen Master Bassui from Mud and Water (trans. by Arthur Braverman)

September 28, 2022
Sesshin: September 2022, Day 4. Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

Zen Master Bassui from The Three Pillars of Zen

September 27, 2022
Sesshin: September 2022, Day 3. Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

Zen Master Foyan from Instant Zen: Waking Up In the Present (trans. by Thomas Cleary)

September 26, 2022
Sesshin: September 2022, Day 2. Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

Zen Master Foyan from Instant Zen: Waking Up In the Present (trans. by Thomas Cleary)

September 25, 2022
Sesshin: September 2022, Day 1. Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

Zen Teacher Authorization

September 18, 2022
A look at the sanctioning next month of Donna Kowal and at my stepping aside, featuring Case 40 in the Mumonkan, “Kicking Over the Water Bottle.” Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Transcript

Zen Letters: Teachings of Yuanwu (trans. by J.C. Cleary and Thomas Cleary)

July 29, 2022
Sesshin: July 2022, Day 6. Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

Zen Letters: Teachings of Yuanwu (trans. by J.C. Cleary and Thomas Cleary)

July 28, 2022
Sesshin: July 2022, Day 5. Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

Zen Letters: Teachings of Yuanwu (trans. by J.C. Cleary and Thomas Cleary)

July 27, 2022
Sesshin: July 2022, Day 4. Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

Dream Conversations: On Buddhism and Zen: Kokushi, Muso (trans. by Thomas Cleary)

July 26, 2022
Sesshin: July 2022, Day 3. Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

Dream Conversations: On Buddhism and Zen: Kokushi, Muso (trans. by Thomas Cleary)

July 25, 2022
Sesshin: July 2022, Day 2. Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

Dream Conversations: On Buddhism and Zen: Kokushi, Muso (trans. by Thomas Cleary)

July 24, 2022
Sesshin: July 2022, Day 1. Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

Seeing Into Space, Seeing Into Mind

July 17, 2022
The images revealed by the Webb Telescope will vastly extend our knowledge. Wisdom, however, grows from looking inward. Who is seeing that projection of the mind we call the universe? Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

Zen Buddhism–Religion, or Not?

July 10, 2022
The book Buddhism, by Smith and Novak, identifies six aspects of religion. How many fit with Zen? Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

Faith

June 26, 2022
Faith is the anchor of Zen practice, but faith in what? Not a person, not a thing. Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

Shoyoroku # 14, “Attendent Huo Serves Tea”

June 11, 2022
Sesshin: June 2022, Day 7. Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

Mumonkan # 9, “Daitsu Chisho Buddha”

June 10, 2022
Sesshin: June 2022, Day 6. Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

The Practice of Zen by C.C. Chang

June 9, 2022
Sesshin: June 2022, Day 5. Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

The Practice of Zen by C.C. Chang

June 8, 2022
Sesshin: June 2022, Day 4. Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

Zen Letters: Teachings of Yuanwu (trans. by J.C. Cleary and Thomas Cleary)

June 7, 2022
Sesshin: June 2022, Day 3. Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

Zen Letters: Teachings of Yuanwu (trans. by J.C. Cleary and Thomas Cleary)

June 6, 2022
Sesshin: June 2022, Day 2. Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

Zen Letters: Teachings of Yuanwu (trans. by J.C. Cleary and Thomas Cleary)

June 5, 2022
Sesshin: June 2022, Day 1. Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

The First Precept: Not to Kill

May 22, 2022
A look at the first of the Ten Cardinal Precepts, particularly with respect to the Buffalo mass shooting, abortion, and self-immolation. Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

Master Hakuin’s Chant in Praise of Zazen, Part 2

May 8, 2022
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

Master Hakuin’s Chant in Praise of Zazen, Part 1

May 1, 2022
Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

Blue Cliff Record #4, “Tokusan Carries His Bundle”

July 30, 2021
Sesshin: July 2021, Day 7. Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

“The Way of Korean Zen” by Kusan Sunim (trans. by Martine Batchelor)

July 29, 2021
Sesshin: July 2021, Day 6. Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

“The Way of Korean Zen” by Kusan Sunim (trans. by Martine Batchelor)

July 28, 2021
Sesshin: July 2021, Day 5. Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

“The Way of Korean Zen” by Kusan Sunim (trans. by Martine Batchelor)

July 27, 2021
Sesshin: July 2021, Day 4. Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

“The Way of Korean Zen” by Kusan Sunim (trans. by Martine Batchelor)

July 26, 2021
Sesshin: July 2021, Day 3. Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

“The Way of Korean Zen” by Kusan Sunim (trans. by Martine Batchelor)

July 25, 2021
Sesshin: July 2021, Day 2. Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

“The Way of Korean Zen” by Kusan Sunim (trans. by Martine Batchelor)

July 24, 2021
Sesshin: July 2021, Day 1. Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

Love Makes the World Go ‘Round

February 14, 2021
Miscellaneous reflections on love, seen through the lens of Dharma. Source Referenced Soul Food: Stories to Nourish the Spirit and the Heart. Jack Kornfield and Christina Feldman. HarperOne, 1996. Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

CoronaCast: February 10

February 10, 2021
Roshi’s weekly podcast: Integrating Two of the Buddhist Paramitas in Getting Scheduled for a Vaccination Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

Sangha Sculpting Sangha

January 24, 2021
A look at what the Buddhist Sangha, or community, meant in Asia, how it has changed since coming to Western countries, and what it might become for the Rochester Zen Center. Sources Quoted: Stephen Batchelor. “Creating Sangha.” Tricycle, Winter, 1995.  Thich Nhat Hanh. “The Fertile Soil of Sangha.” Tricycle, Summer, 2008. Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

Jukai–the Ceremony of Taking the Precepts

November 28, 2020
A look at the several elements of the ceremony. The ten cardinal precepts are examined in the context of the “five trials” of 2020: the pandemic; its financial consequences; the intensifying effects of climate change; the clearer revelation of systemic racism and its ongoing wounds; and the alarming rise of political divisiveness. Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede.

Twenty-eight Benefits of Meditation

January 19, 2020
Teisho by Bodhin Kjolhede. From a 1st-century Buddhist text. Unedited transcript Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

The Buddhist Precepts in the Context of Environmentalism

November 17, 2019
With our annual ceremony of Receiving the Precepts (Jukai) coming up, here Roshi applies those precepts to the growing threat of climate change and how we might reduce the harm we are inevitably causing to the environment. Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede.

Shoyoroku #32, “Yangshan’s ‘Mind and Environment’”

November 9, 2019
Sesshin: November 2019, Day 7. Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede.

Philip Kapleau: Planting Seeds While Trailing Vines

October 20, 2019
A report on the Duke University conference celebrating the installation of Roshi Kapleau’s archives. Roshi Bodhin focuses on the unique challenges Kapleau faced–and we continue to face–in adapting Zen to the West. Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede.

Jukai, Buddhist (Non-)Identity, and the Power of Vows

November 24, 2018
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 are. Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede.