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

Date & Time Details: July 9-11, 2021

Location: Zen Mountain Monastery

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ON-SITE ZMM Precepts I: Entering the Way of Compassion

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

July 9 - 11, 2021

All participants on-site must be fully vaccinated. This retreat is also being offered on-line, view it here

The moral and ethical teachings of the Buddha are fundamental to all schools of Buddhism and they are a vital aspect of training within the Mountains and Rivers Order. Easily misunderstood as a simple list of rules, the Precepts are a profound expression of compassion grounded in open-ended awareness and wisdom. The extent to which the Precepts become real in our lives is equal to how concretely we practice and apply them in our particular circumstances.

Using zazen, talks, and discussions to elicit honest reflection, this retreat will introduce us to these ancient and profoundly relevant touchstones of the Buddha Way and how to put them to use.

The precepts retreats are open to all practitioners, including those coming to the Monastery for the first time. They offer an opportunity to work with Shugen Roshi directly in examining these important teachings. Please plan to arrive at the Monastery between 3-5pm on Friday and join us for supper at 6pm.

 Recommended reading: The Heart of Being by John Daido Loori, Roshi.

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 and Abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery. 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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