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Proliferating Variants

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday Morning 08/01/2021

From The Book of Serenity, Case 19 – Ummon’s Mount Sumeru

Apologies for the microphone problem during the first 10 seconds obscuring Shugen Roshi’s voice for the first sentence of the koan: “The pointer: I always admire the novel devices of Master Ummon.”

 

Dongshan’s Five Ranks – Part 3 of 3

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday Morning 07/25/2021

From Master Dongshan’s Five Ranks

Shugen Roshi teaches that the “Five Ranks” describing stages of realization in Zen Buddhism can seem remote and abstract, but in essence they address the question of how to live fully in the world, peacefully and joyfully, without conflict. They are aspects of the interrelationship of our relative, moment to moment existence, and the absolute nature of reality, and so are never far away at all.

Here, in Part 3, Shugen Roshi takes up the 4th and 5th Ranks: “Arrival at Mutual Integration” and “Unity Attained”.

Dongshan’s Five Ranks – Part 2 of 3

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Saturday Afternoon 07/24/2021

From Master Dongshan’s Five Ranks

Shugen Roshi teaches that the “Five Ranks” describing stages of realization in Zen Buddhism can seem remote and abstract, but in essence they address the question of how to live fully in the world, peacefully and joyfully, without conflict. They are aspects of the interrelationship of our relative, moment to moment existence, and the absolute nature of reality, and so are never far away at all.

Here, in Part 2, Shugen Roshi takes up the Third Rank: “Coming from within the Real”. Habitually, we experience the World as objects including ourselves and others. All forms seem different and we mistakenly see ourselves as distinct from everything else. How can we shift this perception and see the interdependence of all things? Roshi talks about the importance of zazen in settling into this realization.

Cultivating Realization

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Cultivating Realization
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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

Zoom Broadcast, Thursday Evening 07/21/2021

True Dharma Eye, Case 123 – Mayu’s “Nature of the Wind”

 

Dongshan’s Five Ranks – Part 1 of 3

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Tuesday Evening 07/21/2021

Dongshan’s Five Ranks

Shugen Roshi teaches that the “Five Ranks” describing stages of realization in Zen Buddhism can seem remote and abstract, but in essence they address the question of how to live fully in the world, peacefully and joyfully, without conflict. They are aspects of the interrelationship of our relative, moment to moment existence, and the absolute nature of reality, and so are never far away at all.

 

 

A Fresh State of Being

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
A Fresh State of Being
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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 07/20/2021

From the Teachings of Yogini Machig Labdrőn

Hojin Sensei offers us the teachings of Machig Labdrőn, a Tibetan Buddhist yogini who lived and taught during the 11th-century. We are reminded that we can experience life as sweet, bitter or both. Machig Labdrőn encourages us to examine our blind spots in order to realize that the obstacles in our path are just a product of our confusion and hardening views. We should remain in the examination of what is happening now.

The Interdependence of Squabbling Squashes

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Shohaku Okumura, Roshi

via Zoom, Zen Mountain Monastery, Sunday 07/18/21

Following a weekend retreat offered to the Mountains and Rivers Order sangha, renowned author and Dogen scholar Shohaku Okumura delivered this Sunday dharma discourse. He begins by talking about Opening the Hand of Thought, a beloved book by his late teacher Kosho Uchiyama, which Okumura Roshi translated into English. One story recounted in that book has now been made into a children’s book called Squabbling Squashes. (Both are available from Wisdom Publications.)

Shohaku Okumura brings to us the unique perspective of the practitioner-scholar.  Born in Osaka, Japan, he studied Zen Buddhism and was ordained by Uchiyama Roshi in 1970. Having taught in the west now for 30 years, he is the founder and guiding teacher of Sanshin Zen Community, an international Buddhist sangha, based in Bloomington, Indiana. His writing and translations include Living by Vow, Realizing Genjokoan, Dogen’s Extensive Record, and many others.

You can find out more about his work and extensive translations and commentary at SANSHINJI.org and the Dogen Institute.

 

 

Untangling the Tangle

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Untangling the Tangle
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, Sunday 07/11/2021

True Dharma Eye, Case 227 – Priest Xixian’s “I’m Am Watching”

 

Adventitous Defilements

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Adventitous Defilements
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Bear Gokan Bonebakker, Senior Monastic

Zen Mountain Monastery, 07/04/2021

From a Diamond Sutra Commentary: “Consider the tree outside the door. Although it serves as a resting place for birds, it doesn’t make an effort to call those that come, nor does it care whether those that leave return. When a person’s mind is like the trees they no longer oppose the way.”

 

Continuous Practice – Part 3

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Continuous Practice - Part 3
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, Sunday 06/27/2021

Teachings From Master Dogen’s Shobogenzo: “Continuous Practice”

In this third talk on Master Dogen’s Shobogenzo fascicle “Continuous Practice”, Shugen Roshi asks us to reflect on these questions: How do we embody our potential as enlightened beings? How do we bring forth a life well lived as we’re living it? How can we be at ease within this human body and not be bound by fixed ideas of the self?