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Shugen Roshi with Dr. Philip Ninan

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
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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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
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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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
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
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
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)

 

 

The All Pervading Subtlety of Karma

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The All Pervading Subtlety of Karma
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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Friday 09/24/2021

The Book of Equanimity, Case 18 – Zhaozhou’s “Dog”

 

Studying Karma by Paying Attention to Ourselves

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Studying Karma by Paying Attention to Ourselves
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Bear Gokan Bonebakker, Senior Monastic

Zen Mountain Monastery, Thursday 09/23/2021

“Begin with the Body.” Gokan suggests that studying the vital, but seemingly esoteric, subject of karma –  i.e. examining and understanding the karma of our life – requires our full attention on basic, everyday activities, and talks about how helpful “The Four Foundations of Mindfulness” can be in that regard.

Karma: How, Why and When

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Karma: How, Why and When
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Wednesday 09/22/2021

From Transmission of the Light, Case 21 – The 21st Indian Ancestor, Jayata

 

The Teachings Make Their Way To Us Through The Ages

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Teachings Make Their Way To Us Through The Ages
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 09/19/2021

From The Book of Serenity, Case 13 – Linji’s “Blind Ass”

It’s important to study the lives of the ancestors and get to know them. Though, who is it we’re really getting to know? And what is transmitted down through the ages? Is that karma? This Dharma Discourse was given by Shugen Roshi at the conclusion of a weekend retreat on Ch’an Buddhist History led by Dr. Elizabeth Morrison.

Fusatsu: Joyful, Pure, Eternal Being

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Fusatsu: Joyful, Pure, Eternal Being
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Thursday Evening 09/16/2021

Dharma Talk during the September 2021 Fusatsu Ceremony

How do we consciously live a moral life? How do we examine cause and effect and see evermore deeply into their intimate relationship? Shugen Roshi begins with a koan from the Miscellaneous Koan Collection “How do you go straight on a path of 99 curves?”