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Vimalakirti’s Silence


Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, 5/5/2019

Blue Cliff Record, Case 84

Hogen Sensei takes up the koan on Vimalakirti’s silence to examine non-duality. When asked about non-duality, what did Vimalakirti say? What would you say? If you answer with silence, you’re missing it.

Dharma Encounter – Selfless Action


Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 4/28/2019

Dharma Encounter

Hogen Sensei explores the question of Wholesome and Unwholesome Action in this lively dharma encounter. Daily encounters present us with questions like: What is the right thing to do? What’s the intention and what karma am I creating? Or simply: where is the “me” in this?


Come Closer


Michael Yukon Grody, Senior Monastic

Zen Center of New York City, 4/28/2019


Yukon encourages us to move closer to the way things are, not the way we want them to be. This is easy to say but difficult to remember to do. We use the precepts to help guide us.

Opening To Uncertainty


Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 04/26/2019


Uncertainty is the foundation of our lives. Can we be at home there? Practicing the limitless qualities of Loving-Kindness, Compassion, Joy, Equanimity, Not Harming, can help us live our lives as a continuous blossoming into the unknown.

Life and Death – Of Supreme Importance


Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 4/25/2019

True Dharma Eye, Case 29

How is it that we are living and dying in each moment? Hogen Sensei reminds us that turning away from death is turning away from life.

The Value Of Courage, Part 1


Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 4/24/2019  


Shugen Roshi speaks about courage. What does it mean in our everyday lives? He begins with the Sutta of Bhikkhuni Uppalavanna, from the early teachings of the Buddha, who sits still in the midst of fear.  

The Value Of Courage, Part 2


Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 4/27/2019  


Shugen Roshi continues his discourse on courage. The value of courage is one of the ten values of the Beyond Fear of Differences work. In this context he speaks about the aspects of courage being the ability to step forward, to be vulnerable, to tolerate discomfort, and to hold space for new ideas. In this part 2, Shugen Roshi elaborates on the seemingly small, genteel  phrase “to tolerate discomfort”. Examining its subtle details takes us into every area of our practice. And we see that it is actually very big indeed.


Embracing Joy and Suffering


Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, 4/21/2019


In the midst of the three celebrations for Passover, Easter and the Buddha’s Birthday, Hogen Sensei explores the non-dual nature of joy and suffering.

The Mind Is Already Peaceful


Bear Gokan Bonebakker, Senior Monastic

Zen Mountain Monastery, 4/21/2019


We can be deceived by our moods and feelings into believing that they are us. Gokan shows us that by simply remembering to return to the moment we can see through our agitations to find our inherent peaceful Mind.

Precepts Mondo: Manifest Truth, Do Not Lie


Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, 4/18/2019

Precepts Mondo

Hogen Sensei explores the fourth precept on truthfulness, not lying. The Dharma is inexpressible; how can anyone speak a true word? The more the Buddha lies, the more he becomes Buddha. What does this mean for our lives?