Ango Intensive Fall 2019 – Seven Factors of Awakening
with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi
October 10 - 13, 2019
“I do not see even one thing that, when developed and cultivated, leads to the abandoning of the things that fetter, so effectively as this: the seven factors of enlightenment.” —Buddha, Satipatthana Sutta
In the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, the Buddha teaches the Seven Factors of Awakening: mindfulness, examination of dharmas, energy, rapture, calm, concentration and equanimity. Integral to Zen practice, whether as a lay student of monastic, each of these factors is developed throughout our lives and allows us to awaken in wisdom and compassion. They work together as an integrated, mutually supporting – and exquisite – inner harmonizing of body and mind.
In this intensive we will examine each of these factors and see how they are essential to, and cultivated within, our everyday practice. We’ll explore how each factor leads us to the next, and how this is experienced, both on and off the meditation cushion. As we study these teachings we will have greater appreciation for these profound teachings, which can bring deeper motivation and understanding into our daily practice.
The weekend will blend zazen with liturgy, study, discussion, art practice, caretaking, and practicing together with others. This intensive is a wonderful opportunity to study with Shugen Roshi and experience the wisdom and support of the Sangha.
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 is the Head of the Mountains and Rivers Order, abbot and resident teacher of Zen Mountain Monastery, and abbot of the Zen Center of New York City. 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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