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Dancing with the Moon

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Dancing with the Moon
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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Friday 10/28/2022

From The Blue Cliff Record, Case 74 – Chin Niu’s Rice Pail

Hogen Sensei begins with the dancing, laughing Master Chin Niu. There are routines in and throughout our lives, as it is in the life of the monastery. How do we understand these routines? How do we practice them? And what is it that’s reflected in our actions? Is there receiving? Is there offering? Within each of our unique karmic lives, we bring forth our true nature, with awareness or not.

 

 

Fusatsu: Intimate Possibilities

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Fusatsu: Intimate Possibilities
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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Thursday Evening 10/27/2022

Dharma Talk during the Harvest Moon Sesshin 2022 Fusatsu Ceremony

What is liturgy? Is it bowing? Chanting? Washing the face? What makes something liturgy and what makes something not liturgy? Hojin Sensei speaks on this topic during Fusatsu (renewal of vows) ceremony.

Exhausting the Stain of Old Habits

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Exhausting the Stain of Old Habits
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Bear Gokan Bonebakker, Senior Monastic and Dharma Holder

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, 10/26/2022

Drawing on a poem by Zen Master Hongzhi, Gokan explores skillful ways to work with deep habit patterns in the mind.

Bringing Forth Compassion

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Bringing Forth Compassion
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 10/23/2022

From the True Dharma Eye, Case 146 – The Sixth Ancestor’s “Your Mind Is Moving”

How does understanding bring forth compassion? How do we put to use our “not knowing”? How do we keep from getting mired in duality, right and wrong? Shugen Roshi talks about these important questions beginning with this koan.

 

Bodhisattvas in Training

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Bodhisattvas in Training
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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, Fire Lotus Temple, Sunday 10/23/2022

Hojin Sensei speaks about Shantideva’s “The Way of the Bodhisattva” as a deep teaching about our true nature. She brings alive the meeting point of our Bodhisattva vows and our growing edges, the absolute and the relative, emptiness and form.

 

Transmission of Buddha-dharma in America

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Transmission of Buddha-dharma in America
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi and Chan teacher Guo Gu (Dr. Jimmy Yu)

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 10/16/2022

In this lively and wide-ranging conversation Shugen Roshi is joined by Guo Gu, Buddhist teacher, scholar, and founder of the Tallahassee Chan Center. They discuss the influence of teachers, the history of shikantaza transmission in China, and the ways dharma practice is taking root in 21st century America, adapting to the causes and conditions of the times as well as the needs of its adherents.

Guo Gu (Dr. Jimmy Yu), a dharma heir of Master Sheng Yen, is the founder of the Tallahassee Chan Center, Dharma Relief, and a professor of Buddhism and East Asian religions at Florida State University. His books include The Essence of Chan, Passing Through the Gateless Barrier, and Silent Illumination: A Chan Buddhist Path to Natural Awakening.

 

The Whole Body of Truth

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 10/09/2022

From the True Dharma Eye, Case 16 – Changsha’s “Returning to Mountains, Rivers, and the Great Earth”

This talk by Shugen Roshi was offered on the 13th year anniversary of Daido Roshi’s passing. Shugen shares some stories from back in the day and invokes Daidoshi’s love for the wilderness, Dogen, and the “Mountains and Rivers Sutra.”

How do we see and experience challenging relationships and obstructive situations in a skillful way? When faced with so much suffering, greed, and anger, how can we bring forth generosity, patience, loving kindness and compassion? Turning the things of the world  in order to solve the many problems doesn’t get to the root. But when we instead turn this body/mind to meet the world just as it is, we discover a peace that reaches everywhere.

Mara Mind / Buddha Mind

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Mara Mind / Buddha Mind
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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, Fire Lotus Temple, Sunday 10/09/2022

Hojin Sensei explores the interconnectedness of buddha nature and mara nature. By envisioning Mara as a Bodhisattva, what can it teach us about the areas we wish to improve in ourselves?

 

Dharma Encounter: Our Suffering Sense Of Self

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 10/02/2022

Dharma Encounter at the conclusion of the Mountains & Rivers Sesshin

How do we practice self doubt? What needs to be understood about this aspect of self? What understanding will serve to free us? How do we understand this in terms of the Four Noble Truths?
Shugen Roshi brought up these questions for students to engage with him in Dharma Encounter.

Making Contact

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Making Contact
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Saturday 10/01/2022

From the True Dharma Eye, Case 148 – Dongshan’s “Teachings of the Insentient”

“When we don’t hear the teachings of the insentient the world beyond ourselves can seem dead, inert, and uninteresting. Maybe that’s why we have to keep turning up the volume. And having more and more. And now let’s create worlds that don’t even exist and live in them. What kind of dangerous is this?”

“When we don’t have such moments that reveal to us, that peel back the curtain a little bit and show us there is more right here right now in the most unexpected of places. Of course we expect it in the mountains and beautiful places, but as Donghan said, it’s ceaselessly expounded. Radiantly.”

“And so we stop and turn the light around. And look deeply. And make contact. And make contact…”