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What is this “It”?

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
What is this "It"?
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Saturday 10/23/2021

From Wumen’s Gateless Gate, Case 38 – It’s Like a Buffalo Passing Through A Window

“The world is but the tail of a buffalo passing through a window.” But what about when we feel stuck? How do we free ourselves in the midst of our karmic dispositions? Some of them seem quite sticky indeed. In this talk from the last day of our Harvest Sesshin, Shugen Roshi talks about koan training in our Zen tradition. Each of them are windows into our own barriers, helping us to eventually experience these barriers as empty of any definitive existence.

The Diamond Net of Indra

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Diamond Net of Indra
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Katie Yosha Scott-Childress, Senior Lay Student

Zen Mountain Monastery, 10/22/2021

Senior lay student Yosha shares the joy, inspiration and encouragement she receives from her study and exploration of the Avatamsaka Sutra (the Flower Ornament Scripture).

 

Sometimes……

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Sometimes……
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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Thursday 10/21/2021

From the poetry of David Whyte

Hogen Sensei asks us to consider the questions – we all have – that, As David Whyte puts it, “can make or unmake a life.” What are they? How do we respond? Can we let them be, let them stay with us? Can we live with them without grasping for answers?

 

Sometimes a Soft Autumn Breeze, Sometimes a Raging Fire

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Sometimes a Soft Autumn Breeze, Sometimes a Raging Fire
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Wednesday 10/20/2021

From The Book of Serenity, Case 33 – Sangsheng’s “Golden Fish”

The teachings talk a lot about being free and unbound. How do we actually live that? On the Bodhisattva path the question is “What is needed, What will be helpful?”

Jukai Ceremony, Fall Ango 2021

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
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Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 10/17/2021

Shugen Roshi officiates the Fall Ango Jukai ceremony at Zen Mountain Monastery in which five students receive the sixteen Buddhist precepts. Shokei, Jishin, Seikaku, Kanro, & Ansen have all been practicing as formal students and studying these moral and ethical teachings for a number of years. During the ceremony Shugen Roshi offers joyful encouragement to the recipients as they take up these living teachings, living vows.

Jessica Shokei Ludwig (“sacred jewel”),
Joanne Jishin Dearcopp (“compassionate faith”),
Jimmie Seikaku Stone (“vow of awakening”),
Jack Kanro Hennesey (“barrier of openness”),
Diane Ansen Strablow (“peaceful waters / peaceful spring”).

 

Shugen Roshi with Dr. Philip Ninan

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Shugen Roshi with Dr. Philip Ninan
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  A live conversation between Shugen Arnold, Roshi, abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery, and Buddhist neuroscientist Dr. Phillip Ninan. The two tackle a number of tricky questions where the findings of science, the teachings of the Buddha, and the practice of meditation all intersect to better illuminate one another.

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Vulnerable Buddha

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Danica Shoan Ankele, Senior Monastic and Dharma Holder

Zen Mountain Monastery, Sunday 10/10/2021

In allowing ourselves to be uncomfortable, in experiencing the discomfort of whatever is binding us, we touch our aliveness and see into our true nature. Mn. Shoan talks about vulnerability as a path of liberation.

 

Skillful Means of Liberation

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Skillful Means of Liberation
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 10/03/2021

From The Blue Cliff Record, Case 100 – Pa Ling’s Blown Hair Sword

What are the most effective, skillful means to liberate ourselves? Along with meditation which is the primary practice in most branches of Buddhism, there is koan practice which is central in our Zen tradition. Shugen Roshi describes how these are engaged together using the example of a blown hair sword.

Dharma Encounter: Wisdom and Compassion Together

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Dharma Encounter: Wisdom and Compassion Together
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 09/26/2021

Dharma Encounter at the Conclusion of the Mountains and Rivers Sesshin

How do wisdom and compassion manifest together in our lives? Shugen Roshi asks us to consider the questions: Why is loving kindness – cultivation of compassion – crucial for our awakening of insight? And how do we understand our practice, the noble 8-fold path, the 8 gates, the life we’re living in practice, as a way to be bringing forth that insight? Do we bring it forth as we diminish our negative karma or as we realize it? Are those different? And how is it that “Wisdom without compassion, compassion without wisdom are not complete”?

 

Seeking the Way With Gratitude

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Seeking the Way With Gratitude
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Saturday 09/25/2021

From Transmission of the Light, Case 17 – The 17th Indian Ancestor, Rahulata (Ragarata)