During August sesshin, Shugen Roshi speaks of the power of inquiry. “What are you doing with your lack of fulfillment and satisfaction, and peacefulness, and calm, and understanding? We’re all doing something with all of those elements. Evidence, the human world. That is what we’re doing with what is existentially the question of how to live this life. What is life? The buddha realized it all comes down to “Who?”. Examine the one who covets wealth and rank. Where does that person come from? Where do they go? Right when you are confused and unhappy, in the midst of your very discontent, here is where to take up the question, “What is it?” Within that doubt. Within that unhappiness.”
Join us LIVE each Sunday morning for zazen, liturgy, and a talk that concludes our training week. You can also watch archived talks on Livestream.
In August ’21, we consecrated the new Jizo House, and completed the latest phase of the Jizo Project—our initiative that aspires to make Zen Mountain Monastery a more accessible and welcoming place for all.