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Teisho by Ruben Habito Roshi: “My Last Teisho”

April 28, 2016

Description: In this powerful and compelling talk, Ruben Habito Roshi imagines that he is giving his last teisho, and encourages us to appreciate every moment as our very first and very last moment. He gives us the “ABC of Zen” —  first, Awareness; then discovery of our universal Belonging, along with all things; and finally our re-orientation toward Compassion, and Compassionate action in the world, on behalf of our fellow beings. A superb summary of the Zen way, by a great contemporary master.


Ruben Habito Roshi is the founding teacher of the Maria Kannon Zen Center. He is “a former Jesuit priest turned master practicing in the Sanbo Kyodan lineage of Zen. In his early youth he was sent to Japan on missionary work where he began Zen practice under Yamada Koun-roshi, a Zen master who taught many Christians students, which was unusual for the time. In 1988, Ruben received Dharma transmission from Yamada Koun. Ruben left the Jesuit order in 1989, and in 1991 founded the lay organization Maria Kannon Zen Center in Dallas, Texas. He has taught at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University since 1989 where he continues to be a faculty member. He is married and has two sons.” {This Bio is excerpted from the wikipedia page on Ruben – except the links were changed.}

This audio was provided courtesy of Ruben Habito Roshi and the Maria Kannon Zen Center.
Post Image Credit: Fall-Dirt-Doad, by Chris Sorge,
 CC BY-SA 2.0
Featured Image Credit: Ruben Habito Roshi, From Maria Kannon Zen Center website.

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