Accountability and Bespoke Buddhism – A Dharma Talk by Tenku Ruff Osho

What gives us the ability to be counted upon? How do others become aware of this—in our Zen communities, at work, in our families, and in the world. If we’re not careful, we can slip into a kind of bespoke Buddhism, in which we curate our own personalized version of what we think practice should be, rather that the beautiful, tender relationship with the universe that it actually is. Dogen Zenji says, “We take refuge in the Three Treasures because they are the final place to return.” Our Zen practice requires us to let go of our own ides and return to accountability and balance with the Three Treasures: Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. As we become more able to be counted upon—more accountable—our relationship with the teachings, the community, and with our own understanding, takes on much greater depth and purpose. In this way, we truly begin to live our lives for the benefit of all beings.

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About Tenku Ruff Osho
Tenku is a Soto Zen Buddhist priest, professional chaplain, and Director of Spiritual Services at Phelps Hospital, in New York. Following extensive training in Zen monasteries in Japan and North America under Tessai Yamamoto Roshi, Abbot of Kannonji Temple in Morioka, Japan, Tenku received Dharma transmission (teaching authorization) in the same lineage. She is the former President of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association, holds a Master of Divinity degree from Maitripa College, and she is a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC). Tenku has strong interest in ethics, inter-Buddhist / interfaith dialogue, and ways people can support each other and grow through challenges in life. Tenku Osho is the head priest of Beacon Zen Temple in Beacon, New York.

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Austin Zen Center invites you to the Saturday Morning Program in the Online Zendo

Time: Saturdays from 9-12 AM CST   (repeats weekly on Saturdays)


8:00 – 8:30 am      Informal Zazen 

8:30 – 8:40 am      Kinhin

8:40 – 9:05 am       Informal Zazen

9:05 – 9:15 am       Han for Zazen

9:15 – 9:50 am        Zazen

9:50 – 10:00 am      Hymn to the Perfection of Wisdom chant & short break

10:00 – 10:45 am    Dharma Talk

10:45 – 12:00 pm    Announcements/Q&A/virtual Tea & Cookies