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Confusion and Recognition

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Danica Shoan Ankele, Senior Monastic and Dharma Holder

Zen Mountain Monastery, Friday 06/25/2021

In this illuminating and imaginative talk from Summer Solstice Sesshin, dharma holder Shoan Ankele emphasizes the cultivation of natural clarity, or rather, a recognition of our natural state. The point of zazen, she suggests, is “to create a conducive container for this recognition to occur.” This natural state is our buddha nature, the factuality of non-separation with everything and everyone. To illustrate the absurdity of our confused self-orientation, Shoan spins a memorable fable with what she calls a Buddhist faux-creation myth.

 

Who Knows Where The Time Goes?

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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

Zoom Broadcast, Thursday 06/24/2021

Teachings from Eihei Dogen, William Shakespeare and Nina Simone

How do we understand the ceaseless change which is our life? Hogen Sensei delves into this question with quotes from Dogen’s “Continuous Practice” and “Being Time” with Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”, and Nina Simone’s “Who Knows Where the Time Goes?”.

Continuous Practice – Part 1

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, Wednesday 06/23/2021

Teachings From Master Dogen’s Shobogenzo: “Continuous Practice”

Don’t Know

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Rev. Chimyo Simone Atkinson

Zen Mountain Monastery, 06/20/21

Book of Serenity Case 2: “Emperor Wu Asked The Great Teacher Bodhidharma”

In this heart-warming Dharma talk, Chimyo Sensei recounts her time practicing in Japan. She speaks about the experience of truly not knowing and practicing just that. She also encourages us to stay in this state of not knowing.

Chimyo Simone Atkinson was ordained a priest in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition in 2007. She received her monastic training at Great Tree Zen Women’s Temple in North Carolina where she also served for a number of years as Head of Training and received Dharma Transmission in 2015 from Rev. Teijo Munnich.

Rev. Chimyo completed Sotoshu International training periods (Ango) in Japan in 2010 and 2011. She also completed training periods at the Aichi Senmon Nisodo in Nagoya in 2012 and Ryumonji Monastery in Iowa in 2014. She has been serving on the board of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association since 2017 and helped to draft that organization’s standards for formal monastic practice. She is a member of the Association of Soto Zen Buddhists Jukai-e committee and an SZBA liaison to that organization’s Roadmap Committee.

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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 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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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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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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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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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?