Charles Tenshin Fletcher

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Charles Tenshin Fletcher is a British-born American rōshi.

Born in Manchester, England, he moved to the United States in 1979 to study at the Zen Center of Los Angeles with founder Taizan Maezumi Rōshi, for whom he served as jisha (personal attendant). In 1994, he received Dharma transmission (authorization to teach) in the White Plum lineage from Taizan Maezumi Rōshi. He acted as administrator for many years at Zen Center of Los Angeles, and then was made abbot of Yokoji Zen Mountain Center in 1995 after the death of Taizan Maezumi Rōshi on May 15, 1995.

Charles Tenshin Fletcher Rōshi continues as the abbot at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center, in the San Jacinto Mountains, near Idyllwild, California.


  • Tenshin Rōshi co-authored Way of ZEN with David Shoji Scott (2001) ISBN 0-312-20620-8



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  • GUIDE - Roshi Tenshin Fletcher is featured in Cracking Your Creativity Code
    Description: Tenshin Fletcher shares about himself and the Yokoji Zen Montain Center. Awaken your creativity with the guidance from experts in the field. Neurosciences, psychologists, life coaches, Zen monks, artists and others share insights from today's modern brain science to the ancient wisdoms. Explore the Rational, Emotional, Intuitive and Spiritual realms of creativity. What combination will unlock your creative powers?
  • Stepping Forward from the Top of a Pole -- part 1/4
    Description: Tenshin Roshi of the Yokoji Zen Mountain Center discusses Case 46 in the Gateless Gate: Stepping Forward from the Top of a Pole. The Zen Mountain Center is a Soto Zen temple nestled in the San Jacinto mountains of California and is open to year round practice. For more videos, Dharma talks and information please visit [ Yokoji Zen Mountain Center].
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