The Sanbo School of Zen is a hybrid of the Soto and Rinzai Schools, started by YASUTANI Haku'un Roshi on 8 January 1954. The current abbot, YAMADA Ryôun Roshi , is based in Kamakura, Japan. Gainesville Sanbo Zen practices true to the tradition of Sanbo Zen International, under the guidance of Valerie Forstman Roshi.
A teisho is formal dharma talk presented by a Zen master, usually on a koan or Zen text. In our Sanbo Zen lineage, we are fortunate to have an expanding library of teishos by our teachers, featured below.
Valerie Forstman Roshi is our Gainesville Sanbo Zen guiding teacher. Based out of the Maria Kannon Zen Center in Dallas, Texas, she conducts sesshins here at the Gainesville Retreat Center four times per year, and offers regular teishos and dokusan (face to face interviews) via Skype throughout the year. She is an Associate Sanbo Zen Master and has trained primarily with Ruben Habito Roshi and Yamada Ryoun Roshi, current abbot of Sanbo Zen.
Henry Shukman Roshi is an Associate Sanbo Zen Master and the primary teacher at Mountain Cloud Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has trained primarily with Joan Rieck Roshi, John Gaynor, Ruben Habito Roshi, and now continues his training under the guidance of Yamada Ryoun Roshi, current abbot of Sanbo Zen. Henry's teishos can by found on the Mountain Cloud Zen Center website: www.mountaincloud.org.
Maria began zen practice in 1987. She serves as guiding teacher of Sophia Zen Center in Indiana. She works as program director of the Museum of World Religions in Taiwan.
Valerie gets to the heart of compassion by dissolving all borders.
Dharma talk by Valerie Forstman Roshi for Valentine's Day, exploring the koan "Tetsuma the Old Cow."
Valerie presents a short talk on finding center during the time of COVID-19.
Valerie presents a teisho for the GRC online zazenkai on April 19, 2020, called "Ordinary Mind Is the Way."