In this week’s episode Richard Gentei Diedrichs speaks with Joanna about: a shard of pain in the heart; a seeker since a young age; growing compassion through embracing the inner child; discovering Alan Watts and the way of Zen; Western women and everyday Zen; a Dharma grandfather; “Living in Blue Sky Mind”; drinking from a wellspring of silence; joyful with all of life; “Cherry Blossom”, a novel about the edge of compassion.
Richard Gentei Diedrichs grew up in Los Angeles. He edited travel and health magazines in Seattle, worked as an editor at the schools of Engineering and Public health at the University of California, Berkeley, and then taught in public elementary schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. The author of four books, Richard was fully ordained a Zen priest in 1990 by Genki Takabayashi Roshi. Currently, he is a Dharma teacher at Daifukuji Zen Temple in Hawaii. His newest book is “Living in Blue Sky Mind. Basic Buddhist Teachings for a Happy Life”.