Faith in Self & Other; Atonement & Forgiveness
with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi
December 5, 2020
Faith and trust are essential aspects of our human lives: in our everyday interactions, our relationships, and in Buddhist practice. While it’s vital, trust can, at time, be difficult to access; we might even find it challenging to trust faith itself. Buddhist practice both requires and helps to strengthen our faith towards spiritual practice itself, as well as towards people and our world. As students of the Dharma, we all begin practice with some faith, but also with doubts and hesitation. Faith requires trust and asks us to open our hearts in vulnerability, which is difficult if our trust has previously led to disappointments and betrayals. As our path unfolds, there will be many moments that instill a greater sense of faith. Inevitably there will also be moments that threaten to diminish or dissolve our trust in ourselves, in the teachings and practice, in the teacher, or in the sangha.
In this retreat, we’ll inquire into this great virtue – faith – and explore true faith versus unrealistic expectations, how to cultivate and strengthen our faith, and how to move forward when trust in ourselves or in others has been injured. How can we use atonement and forgiveness to practice with compassion, without sidestepping real events that have caused pain? In other words, having cut the fabric into two pieces, how can we cut it into one?
10am – 12:30pm and 2-4:30pm.
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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 entered full-time residential training in 1986 after studying mathematics and receiving a degree in classical music. He received dharma transmission from John Daido Loori, Roshi in 1997. His teachings on Zen, social justice and environmental stewardship have appeared in various Buddhist journals, and The Best Buddhist Writing 2009 (Shambhala Publications). His book of poetry, O, Beautiful End, a collection of Zen memorial poems, was published in 2012.
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