Nuts & Bolts of Zen Practice: Great Doubt—There is a Question!
with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei
January 21, 2022
For many of us there is a fundamental question about our life that draws us in, a question about what we see in this world of so much difficulty. We have a question about our own existence, or about loss, pain and sorrow. Often, we work hard to avoid or disguise our question, or distract ourselves from facing it at all. The question has many different shapes and articulations. It is individual to each of our lives, emerges from and fits exactly to our own being.
Zen practice is designed to bring up our question directly. It invites us to look deeply into our life—and how we live it—and to offer our living as a way to help ourselves and others. This is Great Doubt: the question of who we are, what this life is and the question of our living and dying.
In this seminar we will investigate: what is Great Doubt and how does it manifest? Is there an answer to our question? Do we have to have a question to practice? What is the relationship of our question to Great Faith?
Please join us…… and above all, bring your own question and investigation. These sessions are open to anyone, and designed specifically with Practicing Members in mind.
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Ron Hogen Green is a husband, father, grandfather, sports-enthusiast, retired podiatrist, and a lay teacher in the Mountains and Rivers Order. Hogen Sensei formally began practicing Zen in 1978 with Philip Kapleau Roshi, shortly after graduating medical school and entering private practice. In time, Hogen and his wife, Cindy Eiho Green, helped run the Denver Zen Center, an affiliate of Kapleau Roshi’s Rochester Zen Center. He attended his first retreat at Zen Mountain Monastery in 1988, and not long after began studying with Daido Roshi. In 1993, Hogen completed his training in the Kapleau Lineage and was designated a senior student in the Mountains and Rivers Order. He and Eiho left Denver in 1995 and entered full time residency at ZMM. At the Monastery, Hogen served as Director of Operations for Dharma Communications for 10 years and, in 2000, ordained as a monastic. In 2007, Hogen Sensei returned to lay life, spending time with family while continuing to play an active role in the MRO, its practice centers and affiliates. In 2016, he received dharma transmission from Shugen Roshi, becoming the first lay teacher in the Order. He served as co-director of the Zen Center of NYC for a number…
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