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Embracing Joy and Suffering

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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, 4/21/2019

 

In the midst of the three celebrations for Passover, Easter and the Buddha’s Birthday, Hogen Sensei explores the non-dual nature of joy and suffering.

The Mind Is Already Peaceful

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Bear Gokan Bonebakker, Senior Monastic

Zen Mountain Monastery, 4/21/2019

 

We can be deceived by our moods and feelings into believing that they are us. Gokan shows us that by simply remembering to return to the moment we can see through our agitations to find our inherent peaceful Mind.

Precepts Mondo: Manifest Truth, Do Not Lie

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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, 4/18/2019

Precepts Mondo

Hogen Sensei explores the fourth precept on truthfulness, not lying. The Dharma is inexpressible; how can anyone speak a true word? The more the Buddha lies, the more he becomes Buddha. What does this mean for our lives?

Vowing To Refrain From Unwholesome Action—the Value of Equity

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 4/14/2019

 

In this Sunday’s Dharma Discourse, Shugen Roshi summarizes and recaps the sessions of the Spring Ango Intensive retreat that focused on Dogen’s Shobogenzo Fascicle “Refrain From Unwholesome Action.” He brings this teaching to bear on the principle of Equity which include reparations for harm done in the ten values of Beyond Fear of Differences work, both personal and cultural unwholesome action.

There Is Nothing In The Three Worlds

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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, 4/14/2019

Blue Cliff Record, Case 37

Hogen Sensei takes up a koan where a teacher asks a student, “Where do you seek the mind?” Realizing that life and death is a vital matter, where do you begin and how do you continue to follow a spiritual practice which gives you nothing to hold on to?

Zazen Is Alive

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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, 4/13/2019

 

Hogen Sensei takes up the question of what is zazen. Why do we practice? What is practice, and what motivates us to practice? He points us to Zen Master Joshu’s reply: zazen is alive.

Fusatsu: Wholesome Action

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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, 4/11/2019

 

Hogen Sensei explores wholesome action as an action that come out of discrimination rooted in wholeness.

Ruiyan Calls “Master”

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 4/07/2019

Gateless Gate, Case 12  

Insight into the nature of reality, seeing things as they are, can begin when we look into the workings of our minds. The practice of zazen brings us into the realm of inquiry directly, and in this discourse Shugen Roshi offers his commentary on the koan Ruiyan Calls “Master.”  

Fusatsu: April 2019 ZMM

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 4/04/2019  

 

The second Fusatsu talk of the Spring Ango on Dogen’s fascicle “Refrain from Unwholesome Action.”  

Dharma Encounter

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 3/31/2019

 

First Dharma Encounter of the Spring Ango on Manifesting Buddha studying Dogen’s fascicle “Refrain from Unwholesome Action.”