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ZMM Podcast: Lawrence Shainberg discusses his new book, “Four Men Shaking”

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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

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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

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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei 

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

 

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

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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

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 09/01/2019

 

Transformation

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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”

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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

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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.

Quenching the Thirst

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ShoanDanica Shoan Ankele, Monastic

Zen Mountain Monastery, 08/24/2019

 

Beholding the Mind

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

From The Record of Master Bodhidharma: the Breakthrough Sermon

Zen Mountain Monastery, 08/23/2019

Zen has been called a “short cut method” to enlightenment and in that regard this practice of beholding the mind might seem easy. But when called to let go of every shred of identity-clinging we create, the path seems much longer, if not impossible. Insight can be sudden but realization takes all the effort we can manage to manifest insight in the world of differentiation: practicing kindness when feeling selfish, finding equanimity in the midst of conflict, all require beholding the vast and boundless corners of mind.