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Where to Look for What Binds Us

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Where to Look for What Binds Us
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 07/03/2022

From Master Wu-men’s Gateless Gate, Case 44 – Pa-chiao and a Stick

When we’re entangled, what is it we’re entangled in? Shugen Roshi reminds us that if we are to free ourselves from what binds us, it behooves us to know where to look.

Setting Out With The Four Immeasurables

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Setting Out With The Four Immeasurables
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 06/26/2022

Drawing from the teachings of Longchenpa (14th Century Tibet), Shantideva (8th century India) and Dogen (13th century Japan) Shugen Roshi speaks of The Four Immeasurables. He reminds us of the importance of reciting them as a practice each morning. The recitation is a raising of intention, a setting of our attitude – an attitude of love, compassion, sympathetic joy and impartiality. What’s next? Shugen Roshi encourages us to keep that intention in mind all day long, to “set out” to actualize them for others and ourselves in our everyday activities, continuously practicing and opening, with the guidance of the precepts and the Six Paramitas (Giving, Discipline, Patience, Diligence, Concentration and Wisdom.)

 

 

 

Setting Out With Bodhicitta

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Setting Out With Bodhicitta
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Saturday 06/25/2022

Drawing from the teachings of Shantideva (8th century India), Dogen (13th century Japan) and Longchenpa (14th Century Tibet), Shugen Roshi speaks of bodhicitta, the wish to realize enlightenment for the benefit of others. “This bodhicitta is not something. It’s alive, it’s inexpressible, it’s inconceivable. It doesn’t belong to buddhism but buddhism understands it profoundly. It’s available to every person but you cannot possess it. You can’t lose it. But it can grow dim. It is born from faith, it is nurtured by faith, it is verified by faith, within ourselves. Bodhicitta requires an opening, a softening, to find its way in to our discerning mind that is beyond calculation. Where does this come from? In response to affinity between the dharma and the student. You feel it when it’s there. You know it. You may not understand it, be able to express it. But there is something going on. Something is stirring, something is coming together. It’s as if it is something you already know. It is not a stranger. But it is strange…”

 

Cooking the Supreme Meal

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Cooking the Supreme Meal
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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Friday 06/24/2022

How do we relate to all that comes up in our everyday life – our “ingredients” – and what are the attitudes with which we conduct ourselves? How do we practice our lives? Hojin Sensei guides us through Master Dogen’s “Tenzo Kyōkun – Instructions for the Cook”, and explores Dogen’s “Secrets of Enlightenment”: 1) Living with a joyful heart 2) Caring with the deep concerns of a parent 3) Performing all activities with compassion.

​Don’t Waste Your Suffering, It Will Lead You Home

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
​Don’t Waste Your Suffering, It Will Lead You Home
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Degna Chikei Levister, Senior Lay Student

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Thursday 06/23/2022

From a poem, “Friend”, by an early Buddhist Nun, Mita.

How do we know when we are acting out of our conditioning? Are we always aware of our emotional drivers, our fears? From the Early Buddhist nuns to Master Dogen to our contemporaries, Chikei shares her inspiration to diligently and continuously practice everything in our life (“Don’t waste your suffering.”), be vigilant of our conditioning (“Know thyself.”) and remember to hold ourselves with compassion (“Make everyone a friend, especially ourselves.”).

 

Sitting with Compassion

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Sitting with Compassion
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Wednesday 06/22/2022

From Master Dogen’s Shobogenzo Fascicle “King of Samadhis”

We speak of Samadhi as being meditation, concentration, single-minded focus. In this talk Shugen Roshi points out that in the Buddhist sense Samadhi is based in morality and compassion. It’s not separate. It’s one aspect of the Noble Eightfold Path, all eight of which are to be cultivated together.

 

Being Stayed by Life

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Being Stayed by Life
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 06/19/2022

From The Book of Serenity, Case 70 – Jinshan Asks About Nature

“What happens in the moments when the self has been seen through and we are still being held back? In that moment, that which has been seen is not being actualized. Having tamed the untamed, having freed the buddha from its entanglements, those entanglements still have energy, still have life. That’s why the idea that we can practice, apply effort, have an experience that we call enlightenment and be done is a false idea. What is this whole idea of being ‘done’? If you’re an artist, when are you done? If you’re a school teacher, a parent, when are you done? Not just done in the sense that there is something more to do, but done in the sense of strengthening your strength, refining your skill…”

Pruning and the Seven Factors of Awakening

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Pruning and the Seven Factors of Awakening
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Linda Shinji Hoffman, Senior Lay Student

Zen Center of New York City, Fire Lotus Temple, Sunday 06/19/2022

In this talk, Linda Shinji Hoffman explores the Seven Factors of Awakening through the lens of an orchardist tending to trees. She also honors Juneteenth.

 

Jukai Ceremony at Fire Lotus Temple, June 2022

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Jukai Ceremony at Fire Lotus Temple, June 2022
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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei and Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, Fire Lotus Temple, Sunday 06/12/2022

Hojin Sensei and Hogen Sensei officiate the June 2022 Jukai ceremony at Fire Lotus Temple in which four students received the sixteen Buddhist precepts: Marie Ninsei (“Patient, Enduring Heart Vow”) Ringo, Dan Chikyuu (“Endlessly Clarifying Enlightenment”) Donohue, Tate Kairyu (“Open Dragon”) Dougherty, Stu Shintai (“Percevering Faith Mind”) Kennedy. Ninsei, Chikyuu, Kairyu, and Shintai have all been practicing as formal students and studying these moral and ethical teachings for a number of years. During the ceremony, Hojin Sensei and Hogen Sensei offer joyful encouragement to the recipients as they take up these vows.

 

 

Trust Yourself

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Trust Yourself
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Bear Gokan Bonebakker, Senior Monastic and Dharma Holder

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 06/12/2022

With the teaching of Bodhidharma’s “Outline of Practice” and recalling Daido Roshi’s frequent admonition: “trust yourself”, Gokan offers us heartfelt encouragement to make these teachings our own.