Links to YouTube Lectures

Full Moon Ceremony Talk 3: Four Bodhisattva Vows part 1

Posted by on Jan 31, 2021 in YouTube | 0 comments

YouTube Link:

Beings are numberless, I vow to carry them across.

Delusions are inexhaustible, I vow to end them.

Dharmagates are boundless, I vow to enter them.

Buddha’s Way is unsurpassable, I vow to become it. 

This third talk (part 1 of 2) continues the exploration of the meaning of the Full Moon Ceremony’s recitation of the Four Bodhisattva Vows. In this lecture Shinshu talks about the meaning of vow and the I that makes such a vow.


Understanding Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyo

Posted by on Jan 25, 2021 in YouTube | 0 comments

At Ocean Gate we have been chanting the Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyo as part of every service since the pandemic began. Last Saturday Rev. Daijaku Kinst gave a lecture on the meaning of this chant. You can listen to it on the website, or see it on YouTube:

Reading Dogen

Posted by on Jan 20, 2021 in YouTube | 0 comments

Shinshu’s lecture on Saturday January 16th 2021 was on how to read Dogen’s texts. This is part tips and part Dharma talk on the difficulty and pitfalls of how we approach studying Dogen Zenji’s Way. The audio is on this website under Dharma Talks and the YouTube link to the video is 

Daijaku Talks about Sojun Roshi’s Passage

Posted by on Jan 12, 2021 in YouTube | 0 comments

Sojun Weitsman Roshi passed away on January 7th at 5:30 p.m. Daijaku talks about Sojun’s teachings in this talk given the Saturday after his death at Ocean Gate. Both Jaku and Shinshu are Sojun Roshi disciples, having received Dharma Transmission from Sojun Roshi in 2005. The lecture can be seen on YouTube at

On 2020’s Passage

Posted by on Jan 5, 2021 in YouTube | 0 comments

On 2020’s Passage

Link to YouTube lecture Saturday January 2nd 2020 by Shinshu Roberts

2020 was a master class in Buddhist practice, specifically sanboin or the three marks of impermanence, no-self and nirvana.

(photo by Ron Davis)

Reflecting on Our Life: Winter Solstice 2020

Posted by on Dec 23, 2020 in YouTube | 0 comments

Rev. Kinst’s most recent lecture is called “Reflecting on Our Life: Winter Solstice 2020.” The YouTube video is available at this link:

The photo below was taken by Ron Davis an Ocean Gate Sangha Member at dusk on the solstice in Aptos, CA. 

YouTube Lectures on Ryaku Fusatsu by Shinshu

Posted by on Nov 24, 2020 in YouTube | 0 comments

YouTube Lectures on Ryaku Fusatsu by Shinshu

Shinshu has been lecturing on the meaning and practice of the Full Moon Ceremony.

Talk 1 covered the Title and Repentance Verse

Talk 2 discusses the Homages to Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and Ancestors


Eihei Koso Hotsuganmon 1 of 4

Posted by on Nov 22, 2020 in YouTube | 0 comments

Eihei Koso Hotsuganmon 1 of 4

Link to YouTube Videos of talks 1 – 4 of Rev. Kinst’s teachings on Eihei Koso Hotsuganmon by Dogen Zenji

Link to talk 1:

Link to talk 2:

Link to talk 3:

Link to talk 4:

George Floyd’s Death and our Sahaworld

Posted by on Jun 3, 2020 in YouTube | 0 comments

Shinshu recently gave a talk (May 30th) on how, as Buddhist, we may practice and respond to George Floyd’s death. Here is a link to Shinshu’s lecture on YouTube.

Entering Another Country

Posted by on Feb 12, 2018 in YouTube | 0 comments

Entering Another Country

“Bodhidharma was going to an unknown country: ordinary beings who value their body and life could never conceive of such a journey.”

Dogen Zenji, Shobogenzo Gyoji, part 2.

Shinshu’s Commentary:

This quotation, on its face, is about Bodhidharma making a sea voyage from India to China to transmit his Buddhist understanding. It is also an acknowledgement of the difficulties of making the leap from a selfish life to compassionate response.

When we let go of our desires to control and include the other, this can seem like entering another country. We have to set aside our fears, set aside our likes and dislikes. This journey can be difficult and perilous. Who knows what the other person will do? Can we trust them? It can be like stepping off the 100 foot pole and we are afraid. Yet, we go forth, we trust in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. We place our toe on the edge of the platform. Before the Dharma was transmitted to us, we may not have had this vision, mustered the faith, and taken the leap. Practice takes courage. It’s good to remember that we are doing a difficult thing. Please remember this when facing yourself and facing another. Let us be kind to each other and see each other’s brave effort.

All the best, Shinshu

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