with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi and Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei
February 21 - 27, 2022
For February sesshin, in the spirit of Bodhidharma, practitioners are invited to connect even more intimately with zazen through the offering of extended silence and self-reliance. Throughout the week, the emphasis is on zazen; no talks or face-to-face interviews will be scheduled. Instead, we will allow our practice to be led by the deep winter silence. We will wake up each day long before dawn to begin a schedule that includes zazen, chanting services, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), and work practice. This sesshin is an opportunity to draw from the tremendous strength of people practicing together and experience the deep stillness that lies within each one of us.
As with all in-person retreats at the Monastery during this time, participants are required to be fully vaccinated and to provide negative results from a PCR test taken no more than three days in advance of arrival.
Because sesshin is a very intensive retreat, if you have not attended sesshin at Zen Mountain Monastery before you must have a pre-sesshin interview, so please call the Training Office to schedule at (845) 688-2228. If you have any questions, you can contact the the Registrar via email.
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.
We also encourage everyone to use our Rideshare program to either arrange or offer rides to and from the Monastery.
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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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei received the priestly transmission (the transmission of the Precepts) from Daido Roshi, who began the process in 2009, and from Shugen Roshi, who completed the transmission in 2012. In 2017, she received full dharma transmission from Shugen Roshi. She serves as the Training Director for the Mountains and Rivers Order and Abbot of the Zen Center of NYC-Fire Lotus Temple . Hojin Sensei began her artistic career early and has taught drawing, ceramics, and painting, opening people up to the wonders and mysteries of the creative process and continues to offer Art Practices as part of her teaching. She has been in full-time residential training at the Monastery since 1990 and now shares her time at the Brooklyn temple.
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