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Taking on the Pains of this World

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Taking on the Pains of this World
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 3/21/2021

Shugen Roshi begins by leading us through a Loving Kindness Metta invocation for the victims of last week’s tragedy in Atlanta and those affected beyond. He asks, how can we hold the suffering of the world, acknowledging that it is integral to life? Even in our heartbreak, we are not irrevocably broken, and even in our impossible Bodhisattva vows, it’s okay to feel overwhelmed and not up to the task of putting an end to suffering. In this, nothing is forsaken, and we are not alone.

Holding Up

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Holding Up
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 3/14/2021

Book of Serenity, Case 84: “Judi’s ‘One Finger'”

Fusatsu: Spring Deity and Earth Protectors

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Fusatsu: Spring Deity and Earth Protectors
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 3/11/2021

For this first Ango Fusatsu, this special invocation was included during the service which preceded this talk, drawn from Dogen’s writings about the Ango Practice Period:

As we reflect quietly, fragrant winds drift across the fields, and the Spring deity opens her arms in all directions. At this time, the Buddha Shakyamuni calls students of the Way to gather together within the Sangha Treasure, and invoke the Earth-protecting divine beings. We express deep reverence for all guardians of the Earth – human and beyond human, sentient and insentient – and are inspired by their myriad virtues, as we dedicate offerings to beings everywhere. We pray for their protection and for the fruition of their beneficial actions.

Spring 2021 Ango Opening

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Spring 2021 Ango Opening
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 3/7/2021

 

Quingyuan

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Quingyuan
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 2/28/2021

Transmission of the Light, Case 35: Quingyuan

(Note: due to technical problems this audio lost 18 seconds of Roshi’s talk and has about eight minutes of lower quality audio)

Neither the Wind, Nor the Flag

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Neither the Wind, Nor the Flag
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 2/21/2021

Mumonkan (Gateless Gate) – Case 29: Neither the Wind, Nor the Flag

Shigong’s Emptiness

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Shigong's Emptiness
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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

Broadcasted from Hogen Sensei’s home in Pennsylvania, 2/14/2021

The True Dharma Eye, case 248

 

Collapsing Moments

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Collapsing Moments
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 2/7/2021

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

Transmission of the Light from Hongren to Huineng

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Transmission of the Light from Hongren to Huineng
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 01/31/2021

Transmission of the Light, Case 34: Huineng

Face to Face Transmission

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Face to Face Transmission
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 01/30/2021

Master Hongzhi Zhengjue said, “Study the Buddha and research his lineage’s subtlety. You must clarify your heart, dive into the spirit, and silently wander in contemplation, apprehending the dharma’s source.”

With this teisho, Shugen Roshi begins a series of talks on the concept and actualization of transmission in the Zen tradition. While it is said to be a “mind-to-mind” transmission, it is at least equally important to point out that the student-teacher relationship requires some degree of face-to-face interaction.