Author Archives: Richard Gentei Diedrichs

About Richard Gentei Diedrichs

Writer, Zen priest, and Dharma Sunday School Sensei at Daifukuji Zen Temple, Kona, Hawaii

Podcast: Inner Journey…/inner-journey-greg-friedman-guest-r…/

Above is the link to the podcast of my live radio interview on KX 93.5 with Greg Friedman on his program, Inner Journey. Greg and I had a great conversation about Zen, spiritual practice, the nature of blue sky mind, and living in blue sky mind. #livinginblueskymind #innerjourneywithgregfriedman

Interview on the Life on Purpose Podcast

I had a stimulating and fun conversation with Greg Berg on the Live on Purpose podcast.  Greg and I talked about my book, Living in Blue Sky Mind.  He asked me about my life experience and spiritual practice.  We discussed some fine points of practicing blue sky mind.  Listen to the podcast here.

The Life on Purpose podcast is also available on Stitcher and iTunes.

Future Primitive Podcast



Joanna Harcourt-Smith of Future Primitive Podcasts and I had a beautiful hour-long conversation. We talked about the book, Living in Blue Sky Mind, as well as blue sky mind, teaching children from the inner child, the way of Zen, being a Dharma grandpa, joyful life, and the artist’s role in living on the edge and delving into the darkness.

Here is the link to the podcast:  joy of a blue sky mind


Review of Living in Blue Sky Mind

Living in Blue Sky Mind got a very nice review from the Midwest Book Review.

Living in Blue Sky Mind
Richard Gentei Diedrichs
MSI Press
1760-F Airline Hwy, #203, Hollister, Ca 95023
9781942891161, $12.95, PB, 180pp,

“We live with minds as open and spacious as the deep blue sky. “Living in Blue Sky Mind: Basic Buddhist Teachings for a Happy Life” by Richard Gentei Diedrichs (an ordained a Zen priest in 1984 by Genki Takabayashi Roshi and currently a Dharma teacher in the Children’s Program at Daifukuji Zen Temple in Kona, Hawaii) presents basic Buddhist teachings that keep us on the wholesome path of self-realization toward a happy life. “Living in Blue Sky Mind” is a compilation of simple lessons, anecdotes of personal transformation, and reflective questions to guide us along Buddha’s enlightened way. As with such examples as: “Buddha advised that we not speak with malice if we want to create connection and happiness around us.”; “We learn that to be happy, we need to end our suffering and the suffering of those around us.”; and “We are fortunate to have a way to be happy with what we have and with who we are.” Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, “Living in Blue Sky Mind” is thoroughly ‘reader friendly’ in tone, commentary and content. While very highly recommended for community, college, and university library Buddhist Studies collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that “Living in Blue Sky Mind” is also available in a Kindle edition ($3.99).”

Teaching Sunday Dharma School

Daifukuji Zen Temple, Honalo, Hawaii