New dharma talks by Tenshin Reb Anderson

For the past few years, Tenshin Reb Anderson has come to Brooklyn Zen Center (BZC) to offer dharma talks and to guide our sangha in meditation retreats. Traveling all the way from California, where he is based, Reb has been a steady supporter of our community, holding us in practice each year for five-day sesshins during the month of June. This year, unfortunately, he was not able to come to Brooklyn, as it was planned, due to the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic.

We would like to invite you, nevertheless, to practice with Reb by listening to the dharma talks he offered during the 2019 sesshin at BZC. Last year’s retreat was focused on Zen Practice and Buddha Activity:

“An old time buddha said, “earth, grass trees, all living beings are engaged in buddha activity.” Buddha activity is the unceasing process of freeing all beings so they may live in peace and harmony. The Buddha ancestors called this Buddha activity zazen. In this retreat we will study, practice and realize this great activity.”

The BZC audio dharma is available free of charge and made possible by the donations we receive. You can donate to BZC here. A $10 donation per audio dharma talk is encouraged. Thank you!

About Tenshin Reb Anderson

Tenshin Reb Anderson is a lineage-holder in the Soto Zen tradition. Born in Mississipi, he grew up in Minnesota and left advanced study in mathematics and Western psychology to come to San Francisco Zen Center in 1967. He practiced with Suzuki Roshi, who ordained him as a priest in 1970 and gave him the name Tenshin Zenki (“Naturally Real, The Whole Works”). He received dharma transmission in 1983 and served as abbot of San Francisco Zen Center’s three training centers (City Center, Green Gulch Farm and Tassajara Zen Mountain Center) from 1986 to 1995. Tenshin Roshi continues to teach at Zen Center, living with his family at Green Gulch Farm. He is author of Warm Smiles from Cold Mountains: Dharma Talks on Zen Meditation and Being Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts.

To find out more about Tenshin Reb Anderson, please visit his website here.