Right Relationship: Every Person, Buddha; Every Encounter, Dharma; Every Being, Sangha
with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi
March 15 - 17, 2024
To be a student of the Dharma is to study the nature of mind and the world through teachings, practices, and training. And in Buddhism, this brings the student into direct contact with various forms of skillful means. We are invited to see our entire life and world as a field of dharma study, bringing us into intimate contact, intimate relationship.
In every moment that we are self-aware, we are in contact— relationship—with something: a person, object, thought, memory, emotion, situation, and so on. The habit-bound mind reacts and floods our perception with self-based thoughts, desires, expectations and more. Our disappointment, pain and confusion, or joy and delight that arise in such moments, potentially becomes the object of our attachments.
Being essentially social creatures, why do we struggle so within our many different relationships? And how does this influence our ability to honestly meet the teachings of Buddhism? How does our Buddhist practice of solitary meditation and deep inner focus help us be with others, both easy relationships and difficult ones? How do we see every person, every encounter, every being, as a treasure?
In this retreat we will explore right relationships; that is, those based in harmony with the Dharma and our aspiration to live an enlightened, compassionate life. We’ll draw from the Four Practices of a Bodhisattva: giving, kind speech, beneficial action, and identity action. And we’ll draw from the teacher-student training relationship as a model and guide for how to both give and receive such that we, more and more, see the teachings and practices both manifested and verified in everything we do.
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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