Bodhin Kjolhede

Bodhin Kjolhede is the dharma heir of Roshi Philip Kapleau and has been the Abbot of the Rochester Zen Center since 1986.
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Turning Word

Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede, co-director of the Rochester Zen Center, talks about a Buddhist book that made a significant impact on his practice.

By Bodhin Kjolhede


What’s in the Mix?

Zen Abbot Bodhin Kjolhede Do enlightenment and alcohol mix? No. That’s the short answer. But let’s define our terms. There are many people who might consider themselves “drunks” who haven’t touched alcohol in years. But here I take the definition of “a drunk” to be based on behavior, current behavior—someone who consistently drinks to excess. […]

By Bodhin Kjolhede and Jeffrey Hopkins

Magazine Society & Environment

Meat: To Eat It or Not—Bodhin Kjolhede

Not long ago a Zen teacher, during the course of an introductory workshop, stated three times, vehemently, “Buddhism is not vegetarianism.” He later argued that to be vegetarian is a kind of attachment. What are we to make of such assertions? First of all, let us agree that Buddhism is not vegetarianism. Neither is it “virtue,” […]

By Bodhin Kjolhede
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