Interview with Rev. Jikai Dehn from Australia Kaihogyo Life & Death Shakyo Dana Meditation Hall Peace to all and … The “Secret Teachings” Buddhist Expertise Mountain Walking Meditation
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Interview with Rev. Jikai Dehn from Australia

by 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 […]



by Kaihogyo is an outdoor walking meditation. Traditionally the practice will take place in the mountains but it doesn’t have to. Our Sangha is very lucky because Colorado is home to what seem to be an unlimited number of mountain trails. It’s very beautiful up there! Kaihogyo is a walking meditation but it is also […]

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Life & Death

by 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 […]



by 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! […]



by We recently started receiving donations for our meditation hall project. One of them was from Jack and Taff Fitterer who live in Indian Lake, Upstate New York. They run a hand bookbinding and restoration business and Jack is also an excellent calligrapher. We have known Jack and Taff for several years now because Jack […]

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Meditation Hall

by A dedicated practice space is important for growing a Sangha. I purchased my first home a few years ago. When we were checking the place out for the first time I noticed a shed in the backyard. It was sturdy but it needed a finished floor, insulation, drywall, a couple of new windows and […]

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Peace to all and …

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The “Secret Teachings”

by By Enkei Joe Mendyka There are many people that come to Tendai Buddhism seeking out the “secret teachings”, or mikkyo, of Japanese tantric Buddhism. The term mikkyo literally means secret or hidden teachings and to many people indicates a part of the buddha-dharma that is fantastic and miraculous. Often, people that read about mikkyo and learn about the principle of shoshin jobutsu, or […]


Buddhist Expertise

by By Enkei Joe Mendyka As a graduate student in Buddhist doctrine, I work closely with professors who have a great deal of experience studying the teachings of the Buddha. We spend a lot of time reading and writing about these teachings. Because I am Naropa University, I also am given a unique opportunity to […]


Mountain Walking Meditation

by The Kaihigyo is a walking meditation through the mountains. Kaihogyo practice is based upon Chih-i’s method of samadhi while constantly walking and follows the similar practice held on Mt. Hiei. Meditation in motion out-of-doors offers fertile ground for myriad contemplations and includes devotion, mantra recitation and veneration of nature. It is a pilgrimage to […]


Ritual and Esoteric Practices

by Ritual and Esoteric Practices Ritual practice involves body, speech and mind, thus opening additional channels for spiritual development. While participating in group ritual, proper comportment becomes a devotional practice, showing respect and gratitude for the opportunity to practice. By moving in harmony with others, a group-mind is developed which eclipses one’s desire for autonomous […]


Seated Meditation

by The meditation method, shikan, is based on the teachings of Chih-i and used by Saicho. Shi (shamatha-calming the mind) meditation is the fundamental practice of “just sitting.” Letting thoughts arise and fall away without grasping onto or being swept away by them calms the mind and develops peace and equanimity. Shamatha is practiced during […]