• $350.00 – Program Price
  • $250.00 – MRO Student Price
  • $315.00 – Practicing Member Price

Nolan Wilder
(845) 688-2228


The Bright Moonlight of Wisdom

With Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

June 15 - 17, 2018

All beings by nature are Buddha,

As ice by nature is water.

Apart from water there is no ice;

Apart from beings, there is no Buddha.

How near the truth, yet how far we seek.

– from “In Praise of Zazen” by Master Hakuin

In the Buddha’s enlightenment, he directly experienced the essential, free and unhindered nature of every person. Buddha nature is the limitless reality that is the body and mind of each of us. Yet, because of false views and fearful attachments, we perceive ourselves as separate and estranged from people, our world, and even ourselves. We can so easily experience our lives as confined and hemmed in, while living in the midst of the boundless possibilities of an awakened life. In the poem, In Praise of Zazen, the great Zen master Hakuin Enkaku (1685-1768), one of the most influential and prolific Japanese Zen teachers, offers us teachings to guide and illuminate that which is hidden.

In this retreat, we’ll closely study and practice this powerful teaching – through careful reading, chanting and zazen itself – and allow it to help us see more clearly into that which we truly are. We’ll discuss some of the more subtle aspects of zazen through both koan introspection and shikantaza – just sitting – and how our meditation is both an expression of buddha nature and the path to its realization. We’ll also discuss those karmic obstructions that hold us back: self-doubt, regret and fear.

Please don’t let financial issues prevent you from attending a program at the Monastery. If you can’t afford the program fee, there are options.


Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi
Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi is the Head of the Mountains and Rivers Order, abbot and resident teacher of Zen Mountain Monastery, and abbot of the Zen Center of New York City. Shugen Roshi has been in full-time residential training since 1986; he received dharma transmission from Daido Roshi in 1997. His teachings have appeared in various Buddhist journals, The Best Buddhist Writing 2009, and his first book, O, Beautiful End, a collection of Zen memorial poems, was published in 2012.
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