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Not Mixing up Buddhism


Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 09/15/2019

As the concluding dharma talk of the Wild Grasses women’s sesshin, Hojin Sensei offers this koan exploring the clarity that puts to rest notions of good and bad, higher and lower, and the many identities with which the Dharma is realized and manifest in the world.

No Reference Point – Wild Grasses Women’s Sesshin


Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 09/13/2019

Dharma talk from the Wild Grasses Women’s Sesshin

Please note –  the audio at the start is of variable quality but improves during the talk.  

ZMM Podcast: Lawrence Shainberg


Author Lawrence Shainberg will be at the Zen Center of NYC on Saturday, October 5th for a reading from his new book, Four Men Shaking.

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Bajiao’s Question and Answer


Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

True Dharma Eye, Case 259

Zen Mountain Monastery, 09/08/2019

All “conditioned existence” is not in a state of peace, which is another way of saying the first of the Four Noble Truths as taught by the Buddha, that all life suffers. In this discourse Shugen Roshi explores the way that this suffering is manifest and continued, or brought to an end through the process of practice, of awareness and non-grasping.

Fall Ango Opening, ZCNYC, 2019


Ron Hogen Green, Sensei 

Zen Center of New York City,  09/08/2019


Fall Ango 2019, Buddhist Studies, Session 1, Zen Mountain Monastery


Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 09/05/2019

Shugen Roshi explores the Four Noble Truths with the sangha at Zen Mountain Monastery.


Fall Ango Opening, Zen Mountain Monastery, 2019


Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 09/01/2019




ShoanDanica Shoan Ankele, Monastic

Zen Center of New York City, 09/01/2019

How does the magic of transformation happen? We may all secretly wish to transform what we don’t like, but how open are we to transformations we can’t even imagine? And to do this not just for ourselves, but for the betterment of all beings? Monastic Shoan explores how wisdom grows through the willingness to blossom, and to wake up, in this very life.

Ruiyan’s “Constant Principle”


Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Book of Serenity, Case 75

Zen Mountain Monastery, 08/25/2019

Amid the flow of a lifetime many changes occur, so how do we navigate both change and commitment, and how do we hold our vows in the face of things and influences that affect us deeply? Shugen Roshi uses this koan to explore how the Dharma can help expand our limited views of success and failure, right and wrong, while staying true to the essence of vow and commitment on the Bodhisattva path.

Mondo: Sangha Gathering


Ron Hogen Green, Sensei & Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, 08/25/2019

Please note –  the audio at the start is poor quality but improves during the mondo.

Co-directors of ZCNYC lead a sangha discussion about current events at the Temple, on-going repairs to the building, staff and monastic contributions, volunteer and residency opportunities as well as upcoming retreats and teachings in the Mountains & Rivers Order of Zen Buddhism.