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Fusatsu: The Brahma Net Sutra

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Fusatsu: The Brahma Net Sutra
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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 5/6/2021

Fusatsu during Jukai week, May 2021

Hojin Sensei introduces us to the Buddha’s Brahma Net Sutra in which he confirms that the Precepts are the heart of our humanity. How do we cultivate practice as a Bodhisattva, one who dedicates their life to release suffering? How can we go through our lives with a stable mind so as to be able to see right from wrong and not be sidetracked by our emotions?

 

Dharma Encounter April 2021

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Dharma Encounter April 2021
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 04/25/2021

Dharma Encounter at the Conclusion of the 2021 Apple Blossom Sesshin

Shugen Roshi begins with the koan in the last paragraph of Master Dogen’s fascicle “Ten Directions”. Priest Fungshan was asked by a monk: “The World Honored Ones in the ten directions are all on the one path to Nirvana. Let me ask you: where is the path?” Fungshan drew a line in the air with his staff and said: “It’s here”. Shugen Roshi asks us: What are the ten directions? Where is the path to liberation? Is it the path that we are on? Why do teachers describe the path in so many different ways? Are there different paths to liberation?

 

Within There is a Jewel

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Within There is a Jewel
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 04/24/2021

Blue Cliff Record, Case 62 – Yunmen’s “Within There is a Jewel”

Shugen Roshi reminds us that we are the creators of our lives. Our pervasive sense of being lost or broken is a creation of our mind. Out of habit we look outside of ourselves for relief. This koan tells us to “Turn the light around” and find the jewel within that shows us the path to the end of suffering.

Investigating Wonder

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Investigating Wonder
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Danica Shoan Ankele, Senior Monastic

Zen Mountain Monastery, 04/23/2021

Drawing inspiration from Master Hongzhi’s teachings “Cultivating the Empty Field”, Monastic Shoan invites us to tap into our innate sense of wonder and investigate the fundamental questions: Who is this I? Who am I? What is impermanence?  And so, how do we actually soften our fixations on reified reality and let go? We can begin by resting in wonder. For starters, the world is burning AND the springtime is glorious.

All is Burning

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
All is Burning
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Patrick Yunen Kelly, Senior Lay Student

Zen Mountain Monastery (Via Zoom), 04/22/2021

Bringing forth the Fire Sermon Discourse, one of the Buddha’s earliest teachings, Yunen asks us to investigate the sources of our suffering: Why do we suffer? What is this fire we live in? Is it possible that we have something to do with this suffering?

 

Serenity in a World of Trouble

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Serenity in a World of Trouble
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 4/21/2021

Book of Serenity, Case 60 – Iron-Grinder Liu

Evoking this pithy exchange between Liu Tiemo and her teacher Guishan, Shugen Roshi asks us to reflect on how we meet these teachings. How do we turn towards what we do not understand but somehow know is true? And ultimately, how do we become serene in a world of perceived adversity?

Novice Ordination for Kien Martin

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Novice Ordination for Kien Martin
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 4/18/2021

Halfway through ango, Shugen Roshi officiated this novice monastic ordination for Jeffrey Kien Martin. Kien is currently the Monastery cook (among other responsibilities), but his involvement with the Monastery goes back two and a half decades. Now, as he takes on the robes of a novice, Kien will further explore the monastic vows and train in the role of a monastic, though it’s worth noting that one does not formally commit to those vows until full ordination, leaving the discernment process open to further clarification. Those lifetime vows are: simplicity, service, selflessness, stability, and following the path of the Buddha. See photos and find a link to the video here.

Buddha Speech

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Buddha Speech
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 4/11/2021

The Blue Cliff Record, Case 95 – Ch’ang Ch’ing’s “Three Poisons”

Picking up where he left off from a previous Fusatsu talk on Right Speech (“Learning How to Speak” – 4/8/21), Shugen Roshi investigates storied examples of practitioners using language to express the ordinary and the extraordinary. Master Dogen says, “Words are neither different nor not different from our fundamental nature. But if a person becomes attached to words and their everyday meaning, they can become attached to views.” We tend to use words very casually, but language has power and views can imprison.

 

Fusatsu: Learning How to Speak

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Fusatsu: Learning How to Speak
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 4/8/2021

 

Unborn, Undying

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Unborn, Undying
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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 4/4/2021

As we celebrate the Buddha’s Birthday today, Hojin Sensei offers a teaching from Zen Master Bankei: “What I teach everyone, in these talks of mine, is the unborn buddha mind of unlimited wisdom. Nothing else. Everyone is endowed with this buddha mind, only they don’t know it.” Sensei looks at the subtle ways “the unborn buddha mind” manifests in and through all of us and she reminds us that we are all living Buddhas.