Audio, Video, and Transcriptions


Interview with Anne Voight: A conversation with Tenshin Roshi on his life, bodhisattva practice, and the importance of questions (link)

Interview with Melvin McLeod for Lion’s Roar magazine. Topics include the role of joy and warmth in practice and the bodhisattva path of dedication to others (link)

An interview with Michael Krasny for Grey Matter with Michael Krasny | Interviews with Opinion-Shapers on the power of conversation (link)

Audio Talks

  • San Francisco Zen Center Dharma App (link)
  • San Francisco Zen Center audio archives (link)
  • Houston Zen Center (link) 
  • Valley Streams Sangha (link)
  • Dharma Seed Archive (link)
  • Brooklyn Zen Center (link)
  • Audio Talks page on this site (link)


A group of talks given by Tenshin Roshi at Esalen Institute in 1984 and 1986.

  • Discussion in Grof Workshop (link)
  • Zen is the Key to Unlock the Teachings (link)
  • The Heart of Nothing (link)
  • The Whole Works (link)
  • Transcendence of and Return to the World (link)

A video of Tenshin Roshi doing walking meditation, kinhin (link)


The following are student transcriptions of talks offered by Tenshin Roshi in sesshin and other intensive practice contexts.

Watching the Teacher (link)
Teachings on Death (link)
Freedom from Temporality (link)
Karma and Freedom (link)
Renunciation Houston Zen Center (link)
January Intensive Dharma Talk (link)
January Intensive Class Three (link)
We Have to Meet a Buddha (link)
Buddha’s Meditation and the Study of Karma (link)
The River and the Road (link)
The Great Vow of Wholeheartedness (link)
Tiredness Talk Translation (link)
Question and Answer (link)