Roshi Amala Wrightson was the Rochester Zen Center’s Head of Zendo (head priest in charge of training) working closely with Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede from 1996 to 2003. In late 2003, upon completion of formal koan training under Roshi Kjolhede, Amala-roshi returned to resettle in New Zealand and, since then, has dedicated her time to the creation of a place for authentic Zen practice and training in Auckland. She was given formal permission to teach by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede in 2004, and in the same year she and and her husband, Richard von Sturmer, co-founded the Auckland Zen Centre. Amala-roshi was sanctioned as a full Dharma heir in 2012. She continues to spend some time most years at the Rochester Zen Center. The following are among her more recent teisho (Dharma talks).

Teisho

Hekiganroku #86, Ummon’s “Everybody has their own light”

November 4, 2022
Sesshin: November 2022, Day 6. Description: What is my light? Why can’t I see it? How do I stop objectifying myself and those around me? Source(s): The Golden Age of Zen by John C.H. Wu, Doubleday 1996 Teisho by Roshi Amala Wrightson. Automated Transcript

The Teachings of Maurine Stuart-roshi 5

November 3, 2022
Sesshin: November 2022, Day 5. Description: Zen practice is experiential — we each have to find our way to the truth, giving up our egoistic striving. Source(s): Subtle Sound by Roko Sherry Chayat, Shambhala 1996 Teisho by Roshi Amala Wrightson. Automated Transcript

The Teachings of Maurine Stuart-roshi 4

November 2, 2022
Sesshin: November 2022, Day 4. Description: Pride in our good deeds reinforces our sense of self-importance, and therefore works at cross-purposes to our efforts to free ourselves from the delusion of separation. Source(s): Subtle Sound by Roko Sherry Chayat, Shambhala 1996. Teisho by Roshi Amala Wrightson. Automated Transcript

The Teachings of Maurine Stuart-roshi 3

November 1, 2022
Sesshin: November 2022, Day 3. Description: A master once said, “The taste of Zen is pain in the knees.” How do we work creatively with pain and weariness in these early days of sesshin? Source(s): Subtle Sound by Roko Sherry Chayat, Shambhala 1996 Teisho by Roshi Amala Wrightson. Automated Transcript

The Teachings of Maurine Stuart-roshi 2

October 31, 2022
Sesshin: November 2022, Day 2. Description: Practising right where we are. Source(s): Meetings with Remarkable Women by Lenore Friedman, Shambhala 1987; Subtle Sound by Roko Sherry Chayat, Shambhala 1996. Teisho by Roshi Amala Wrightson. Automated Transcript

The Teachings of Maurine Stuart-roshi 1

October 30, 2022
Sesshin: November 2022, Day 1. Description: Biographical material Source(s): Meetings with Remarkable Women by Lenore Friedman, Shambhala 1987; Subtle Sound by Roko Sherry Chayat, Shambhala 1996. Teisho by Roshi Amala Wrightson. Automated Transcript