The Six Dharma Gates to the Sublime—Introduction Violence Is Non-Violence, Non-Violence Is Violence Golden Rays at Twilight Why Madhyamaka? How do I start Practicing Meditation? Congratulations Enkei & Eishin “Thus I place my faith in Amitabha Buddha” Making a little history Interview with Rev. Jikai Dehn from Australia Kaihogyo
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Zhiyi, Chih-I

The Six Dharma Gates to the Sublime—Introduction

By Rev. Enkei Joseph Mendyka Zhiyi, the 6th century Chinese founder of Tiantai, wrote at length about the spiritual significance of the scripture we often refer to simply as the Lotus Sūtra. The full title of the sūtra that Zhiyi revered and shared with world is the Miao fa hua lian jing (妙法蓮華經), or the […]


Violence Is Non-Violence, Non-Violence Is Violence

By Rev. Enkei Over the last couple of years I have finally noticed more American Buddhists questioning the white privilege that prevails in our community. This has taken the form of both American Buddhists of color being given more prominent voices in popular Buddhist publications and in white Buddhists engaging in self-critique of how practice […]

Nembutsu, Tendai Pure Land Practices

Golden Rays at Twilight

By Enkei Joseph Mendyka Summer has officially come to a close in the past few weeks and if you’re reading this in the northern hemisphere, you’re probably experiencing the shift toward the close of the year. Endings are often hard for people, regardless of what form they come in. The end of the summer is […]


Why Madhyamaka?

By Enkei Joseph Mendyka   Why Madhyamaka? Since this question was posed to me by a soryo at gyo with an inspiringly devotional approach to practice this past summer, I’ve been sitting with it. It is such a simple question and one that I never would have considered asking. Madhyamaka—a method of logical inquiry developed […]

Buddhist Service

How do I start Practicing Meditation?

How do I meditate? How do I sit and how should I breath? My mind is thinking of so many things when I meditate so what do I do? I have been practicing for a while and now I have a hard time practicing so how do I get to the cushion each day? We […]


Congratulations Enkei & Eishin

Two of our sangha member recently received ordination. Rev. Eishin Fuminobu Komura was ordained a Soryo on Mt. Hiei in Japan which is headquarters for our sect of Buddhism. Rev. Enkei Joseph Mendyka completed the Doshu program at the main temple in NY and took ordination right here in the states. On Monday July 7th, […]

Blue Mountain Tendai Sangha

“Thus I place my faith in Amitabha Buddha”

I have decided to shake things up a bit a show a bit more of what a Tendai Buddhist service can include. I enjoy the “Daily Service” we typically use here at the Blue Mountain Tendai Sangha. The truth is we have so much more material we could use in a service though. I find many […]

Buddhist Wedding

Making a little history

The Lotus Sutra teaches that all beings possess the potential to become a Buddha. To deny someone’s Buddha nature is to deny your own potential for enlightenment as well. Perhaps discrimination against others is a reflection of something we perceive and dislike about ourselves. The journey to equal rights for the gay community in Colorado […]

Rev. Jikai Dehn from Australia

Interview with Rev. Jikai Dehn from Australia

By Doko Christopher O’Brien I recently interviewed a Tendai Soryo priest from Australia. Since Rev. Jikai lives so far away I asked him if we could do the interview over email. Thanks so much for your answers Rev. Jikai! How long have you been practicing Buddhism? I have been practicing Buddhism since I was 15, […]



Kaihogyo is an outdoor walking meditation. This practice takes place on the mountain trails of Mt. Hiei in Japan which is and always has been headquarters for the Tendai sect. This meditation is also a pilgrimage to sacred places along the way. Here in Colorado our Mountain Walking Meditation which emulates the kaihogyo, lasts about three hours. When we do […]

Evening Gatha

Life & Death

Three years ago today I received a call from my brother in law. He found my wife dead in his home. She ended her life some time the night before after having dinner with me and the kids at our place. As I listened to the words on the phone the shock immediately set in. […]

Sutra Copying


Sutra copying was completely necessary long ago. If a text was important enough that you had to have it, you traveled to where the it was and copied it. The Sutras are very precious to us today but imagine how well you would protect one you traveled months to find and copied by hand! If […]