Kokyo Henkel

If your mind is related to something outside itself, that mind is a small mind, a limited mind. If your mind is not related to anything else, then there is no dualistic understanding in the activity of your mind. You understand activity as just waves of your mind. Big mind experiences everything within itself… Whatever you experience is an expression of big mind. (Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind”)

Kokyo Henkel has been practicing Zen since 1990 in residence at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center (most recently as Head of Practice), Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, No Abode Hermitage in Mill Valley, and Bukkokuji Monastery in Japan.

He was ordained as a priest in 1994 by Tenshin Anderson Roshi and received Dharma Transmission from him in 2010. Kokyo is interested in exploring how the original teachings of Buddha-Dharma from ancient India, China, and Japan can still be very much alive and useful in present-day America to bring peace and openness to the minds of this troubled world.

Kokyo has also been practicing with the Tibetan Dzogchen (“Great Completeness”) Teacher Tsoknyi Rinpoche since 2003, in California, Colorado, and Kathmandu.

 
 
teaching at Houston Zen Center in 2015

teaching at Houston Zen Center in 2015

 

Some of Kokyo’s Writings…

 
Kokyo alms collecting (takuhatsu) in Japan in 1998

Kokyo alms collecting (takuhatsu) in Japan in 1998

with Root Dzogchen Teacher Tsoknyi Rinpoche at Nagi Gompa in Nepal in 2013

with Root Dzogchen Teacher Tsoknyi Rinpoche at Nagi Gompa in Nepal in 2013

receiving the precepts again from Tangen Harada Roshi at Bukkokuji Monastery in Japan in 1997

receiving the precepts again from Tangen Harada Roshi at Bukkokuji Monastery in Japan in 1997

speaking about the Chinese Zen poem “Song of the Trusting Mind” at San Francisco Zen Center

as head monk (shuso) with Root Zen Teacher Tenshin Anderson Roshi at Tassajara Monastery in 1999

as head monk (shuso) with Root Zen Teacher Tenshin Anderson Roshi at Tassajara Monastery in 1999

 

Talks

 

Blog Posts

 

Where to find Kokyo…