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Renunciation

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
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Renunciation
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Rev. Chimyo Simone Atkinson

Zen Center of New York City, 08/15/21

What does renunciation mean in our culture? How does it relate or differ to Western Christian notions of leaving the world? This talk by guest teacher Rev. Chimyo Simone Atkinson exploration of the sameness and difference that underlies lay and monastic paths.

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.

Calling Forth the Master Within the Barrier

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Calling Forth the Master Within the Barrier
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday Morning 08/08/2021

From The Blue Cliff Record, Case 56 – Ch’in Shan’s One Arrowpoint Smashes 3 Barriers

Shugen Roshi chose this koan to coincide with the conclusion to our annual kyudo retreat that ran throughout the week at the Monastery. From the standpoint of the practitioner, the three barriers might be the three poisons: greed, anger and ignorance. Or the three marks of existence: impermanence, suffering, and emptiness of self. It could be whatever seems to be posing a problem. When we insist on maintaining our own delusion, including the delusion of our barriers and our separation from true reality, we need to call forth the master within the barrier. This is the one who truly knows, the archer who is not separate from the target.

Resting In The Hundred Streams

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Resting In The Hundred Streams
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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, Fire Lotus Temple, 08/08/2021

From the Teachings of Master Hongzhao

Hojin Sensei discusses Master Hongzhao’s poetic instructions on zazen practice. Whether we are new to Zazen or seasoned practitioners the question is the same: how to keep returning to the mind of zazen, resting, like the ocean, accepting all that flows.

Proliferating Variants

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Proliferating Variants
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday Morning 08/01/2021

From The Book of Serenity, Case 19 – Ummon’s Mount Sumeru

Apologies for the microphone problem during the first 10 seconds obscuring Shugen Roshi’s voice for the first sentence of the koan: “The pointer: I always admire the novel devices of Master Ummon.”

 

Dongshan’s Five Ranks – Part 3 of 3

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Dongshan's Five Ranks - Part 3 of 3
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday Morning 07/25/2021

From Master Dongshan’s Five Ranks

Shugen Roshi teaches that the “Five Ranks” describing stages of realization in Zen Buddhism can seem remote and abstract, but in essence they address the question of how to live fully in the world, peacefully and joyfully, without conflict. They are aspects of the interrelationship of our relative, moment to moment existence, and the absolute nature of reality, and so are never far away at all.

Here, in Part 3, Shugen Roshi takes up the 4th and 5th Ranks: “Arrival at Mutual Integration” and “Unity Attained”.

Searching for the Ox

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Searching for the Ox
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Patrick Yunen Kelly, Senior Lay Student

Zen Center of New York City, 07/25/2021

Yunen talks about the first stage of the Zen practice, “Searching for the Ox”. He invites practitioners to contemplate the question, “What am I searching for?” He emphasizes the importance of setting intention.

 

Dongshan’s Five Ranks – Part 2 of 3

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Dongshan's Five Ranks - Part 2 of 3
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Saturday Afternoon 07/24/2021

From Master Dongshan’s Five Ranks

Shugen Roshi teaches that the “Five Ranks” describing stages of realization in Zen Buddhism can seem remote and abstract, but in essence they address the question of how to live fully in the world, peacefully and joyfully, without conflict. They are aspects of the interrelationship of our relative, moment to moment existence, and the absolute nature of reality, and so are never far away at all.

Here, in Part 2, Shugen Roshi takes up the Third Rank: “Coming from within the Real”. Habitually, we experience the World as objects including ourselves and others. All forms seem different and we mistakenly see ourselves as distinct from everything else. How can we shift this perception and see the interdependence of all things? Roshi talks about the importance of zazen in settling into this realization.

Cultivating Realization

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Cultivating Realization
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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

Zoom Broadcast, Thursday Evening 07/22/2021

True Dharma Eye, Case 123 – Mayu’s “Nature of the Wind”

 

Dongshan’s Five Ranks – Part 1 of 3

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Dongshan's Five Ranks - Part 1 of 3
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Wednesday Evening 07/21/2021

Dongshan’s Five Ranks

Shugen Roshi teaches that the “Five Ranks” describing stages of realization in Zen Buddhism can seem remote and abstract, but in essence they address the question of how to live fully in the world, peacefully and joyfully, without conflict. They are aspects of the interrelationship of our relative, moment to moment existence, and the absolute nature of reality, and so are never far away at all.

 

 

A Fresh State of Being

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
A Fresh State of Being
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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Tuesday Evening 07/20/2021

From the Teachings of Yogini Machig Labdrőn

Hojin Sensei offers us the teachings of Machig Labdrőn, a Tibetan Buddhist yogini who lived and taught during the 11th-century. We are reminded that we can experience life as sweet, bitter or both. Machig Labdrőn encourages us to examine our blind spots in order to realize that the obstacles in our path are just a product of our confusion and hardening views. We should remain in the examination of what is happening now.