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The Whole Of What We Are

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Whole Of What We Are
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 06/13/2021

Gateless Gate, Case 16 – “The Bell Sound and the Priest’s Robe”

At the conclusion of this month’s introductory “Zen Training Weekend”, Shugen Roshi evokes our Zen path; a path which is not something separate; it’s our life, it’s the whole of what we are.

 

Monastic Ordination for Yusen Taikyo Gilman and Josen Hokyu Aronson

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Monastic Ordination for Yusen Taikyo Gilman and Josen Hokyu Aronson
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 Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 6/6/2021

On June 6th, the Monastery held the first double monastic ordination in our 40+ year history. Shugen Roshi officiated this shukke tokudo ceremony for Suzanne Taikyo Gilman and Hokyu JL Aronson. Tokudo marks the formal taking of monastic vows and, in our tradition, expresses a lifetime commitment to the Monastery. Taikyo was given the monastic name Yusen, meaning Courageous & Devoted River, and Hokyu was given the monastic name Josen, which Shugen Roshi translated as Humble Mystic.

 

Shuso Hossen: Linda Shinji Hoffman

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Shuso Hossen: Linda Shinji Hoffman
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Linda Shinji Hoffman, Senior Lay Student

Zen Mountain Monastery, 05/30/2021

True Dharma Eye, case #199 – Dongshan’s Essential Path

On May 30th, we concluded our Spring 90-day ango training period with this Shuso Hossen ceremony. Shuso Hossen means “chief disciple (or, literally, ‘head seat’) dharma encounter.” It is a centuries-old tradition that empowers a Zen student to represent the teachings and help guide other students in their own cultivation. In this case, Linda Shinji Hoffman completed her training in this role by offering her first public talk to the sangha in which she presented her understanding of a koan from the collection found in the teachings of Eihei Dogen. Read more

Here, There’s More For Us To Learn

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Here, There's More For Us To Learn
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 05/29/2021

Gateless Gate, Case 48 – Ch’ien-feng’s “One Way”

How do we harmonize inner and outer and learn to understand the expression of dualities? As there will always be more for us to learn, how can we go forth knowing that at each stage of our life we are functioning within a degree of ignorance and blindness? Master Ch’ien-feng’s answer is: “With humility”. The mind of the person on the way gets transformed from samsaric hunger to the appetite of a seeker. Shugen Roshi suggests that we can delight in our hunger to know more rather than be distressed by our ignorance. This is not an egotistic process however; we should remember that our seeking must be for everyone.

Faith In Bodhicitta

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Faith In Bodhicitta
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Katie Yosha Scott-Childress, Senior Lay Student

Zen Mountain Monastery, 05/28/2021

Exploring verses from the Mahayana Sutralamkara, Senior lay student Yosha shares the inspiration she receives from these explicit teachings on compassion and faith.

 

What Isn’t Picking and Choosing?

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
What Isn't Picking and Choosing?
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 05/27/2021

Blue Cliff Record, Case 57 – Zhaozhou’s “Stupid Oaf”

In the language of the Dharma, how is “the self” a barrier, and how is it different from our true nature? The challenge when hearing an insult is to see into our own suffering——reactivity and delusion——as the stuff which are the barriers themselves. Shugen Roshi asks the question: While our basic nature is good, happy and peaceful, how do we practice when suffering seems all pervasive? How do we investigate our delusions, remembering that all beings have buddha nature?

Who Can Say the Word Love?

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Who Can Say the Word Love?
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Prabu Gikon Vasan, Senior Lay Practitioner

Zen Mountain Monastery, 05/26/2021

Making a connection between Master Dogen’s “Ten Directions” fascicle and lines from a number of contemporary poets, Gikon points out that they speak about the hardships we experience while urging us to use it all for healing.

How Do We Give Life To Faith?

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
How Do We Give Life To Faith?
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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

Zoom Broadcast, 5/23/2021

Mumonkan (Gateless Gate) – Case 23: Think Neither Good Nor Evil

Hogen Sensei uses this well-known interaction between Hui Neng, the Sixth Ancestor, and Monk Ming to delve deeply into the meaning of faith. He asks us: When we speak of faith in our practice, the Dharma, what do we mean? Faith in what? Can faith be taken? Can it be given to another?

 

Noble Path Talk – Virginia Black

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Noble Path Talk - Virginia Black
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Virginia Black, Sangha Member

Zen Center of New York City, 05/20/2021

The Noble Path series offers personal accounts of MRO sangha members coming to practice and dives into their experiences walking the spiritual path. A diverse set of students and circumstances shows us the many unique ways we encounter and resonate with the Dharma. Yet, despite these differences, we often find a shared thread in each others stories.

Click here to hear more personal stories of sangha members walking the Noble Path.

It’s Not Complicated

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
It's Not Complicated
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 05/16/2021

Blue Cliff Record, Case 58 – Zhaozhou’s Can’t Explain.

As we share this earth with countless other creatures, we easily forget that we come from one primordial source. In the Dharma we can recognize that each being is a manifestation of one great body. So then, Shugen Roshi asks, why do we make it so complicated? From the perspective of our deluded views, everything is separate and apart, but even this view is the path of awakening to our true nature.