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The Teachings Make Their Way To Us Through The Ages

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 09/19/2021

From The Book of Serenity, Case 13 – Linji’s “Blind Ass”

It’s important to study the lives of the ancestors and get to know them. Though, who is it we’re really getting to know? And what is transmitted down through the ages? Is that karma? This Dharma Discourse was given by Shugen Roshi at the conclusion of a weekend retreat on Ch’an Buddhist History led by Dr. Elizabeth Morrison.

The Bountiful Harvest

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The Bountiful Harvest
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 09/12/2021

From The True Dharma Eye – Case 21: Panshan’s “Cut a Fine Piece”

 

“Don’t Be Just One” – Fall 2021 Ango Opening Talk

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"Don't Be Just One" - Fall 2021 Ango Opening Talk
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 09/05/2021

Ango Opening Talk with Introduction of the Chief Disciple

 

 

Raising Bodhicitta

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Raising Bodhicitta
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Saturday 09/04/2021

From Master Dogen’s Shobogenzo Fascicle “Arousing the Aspiration for Enlightenment”

 

 

Sweeping the Ground

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Sweeping the Ground
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 08/29/2021

From the Book of Serenity – Case 21: Ungan Sweeps the Ground

In this concluding talk to Hazy Moon Sesshin, Shugen Roshi explores how we can sabotage our own best efforts in the midst of our practice. We set aside the time to cultivate compassion and clarity in the midst of three treasures, and yet we still get caught in distractions and self-pity. This is why Buddhism has always taught the skillfulness of looking directly at dukkha, dissatisfaction and suffering. They remind us of the importance of practice. “Else we may stray off some dusty road.” Else we may fool ourselves into thinking we can’t be of benefit in the world. Else we may forget how cultivation is inseparable from the world.

Awakening From What? Into What?

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Awakening From What? Into What?
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Saturday 08/28/2021

From the Mumonkan (Gateless Gate) – Case 41: Bodhidharma and Peace of Mind

 

An Empty Heart Full of Love

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An Empty Heart Full of Love
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Danica Shoan Ankele, Senior Monastic and Dharma Holder

Zen Mountain Monastery, Friday 08/27/2021

In this clear talk from Hazy Moon Sesshin, dharma holder Shoan Ankele focuses on how we can use the very struggles and suffering in our everyday life to help free ourselves and discover our heart full of love.

 

 

A Life Of No Regrets

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A Life Of No Regrets
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Chris Yudo Abraham, Senior Lay Student

Zen Mountain Monastery, Thursday  08/26/2021

From Milarepa: “This path leads to a Life of no Regrets.”

Appreciate our lives? It seems simple at first but when we study our experience closely, we realize that’s difficult. What should we do when it looks like everything is going wrong in our life? The first step is to open up and feel what we really feel.

 

Compassion Embodied

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Susan Seien Wilder, Senior Lay Student

Zen Mountain Monastery, Wednesday 08/26/2021

On the Sutra of Great Compassion.

Seien begins her heartfelt talk by inviting the Sangha to chant the Sutra of Great Compassion together. She goes on to ask who are we invoking? Who is Kanzeon? Who could it be but ourselves?

 

 

Practicing Patience

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Bear Gokan Bonebakker, Senior Monastic

Zen Mountain Monastery, Sunday 8/22/2021

In our life, we experience not getting what we want, getting what we don’t want, so we try to change things immediately – fueling our suffering. Can we hold our hearts still in the presence of our impatience? Can we make ourselves larger, more inclusive, to live beyond our discontent?