Precepts I: Entering the Way of Compassion
with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi
December 1 - 3, 2023
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 well we practice and apply them in our particular circumstances.
In this time, in our world and our lives, remaining open-hearted and responsive in the presence of so many forms and sources of suffering is a great challenge for sincere practitioners. In this retreat we’ll explore the profound teachings and integration of the Precepts, Meditation and Insight. Through 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.
Recommended reading: The Heart of Being by John Daido Loori, Roshi.
As with all in-person retreats at the Monastery, participants are required to follow the current COVID protocol for keeping everyone safe (this link is updated frequently so check back). Review the current protocol requirements before registering, and if you have further questions, please contact the registrar.
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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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