The Noble Eightfold Path
with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei
September 14, 2019
The Noble Eightfold Path is the foundational Buddhist teaching that describes the way—not only to awaken—but to end all suffering, This path is a clear and practical guideline to ethical and mental development with the goal of freeing the individual from attachments and delusions. All of zen practice ultimately rests on the Noble Eightfold Path, and it forms the basis for the Eight Gates as expressed in the Mountains and Rivers Order.
In this workshop, we’ll explore each article of the Noble Path and look at their relationship to each other, to the Eight Gates of Zen, and even to the 10 values guiding our Beyond Fear of Differences work. Central to our discussion will be the relationship and relevance of this path to our own modern-day practice: How does each of the paths actually function in your life? What is your understanding of each aspect of the path? How do we explore, question and deepen our understanding of our path? And what questions arise for us when we come to the edge of our understanding?
The Noble Eightfold Path is our overall theme for this Fall Ango training period, and its study can illuminate all aspects of our ango commitments. Ultimately, it shows us what we need to focus on in our practice, and how to unify the elements of formal practice with our overall approach to life.
Hogen Sensei has been engaged in formal Zen practice since 1978, and was in residential training at the Monastery for twelve years before returning to lay life in 2007. He shares his time between the Zen Center of NYC and rural Pennsylvania, where he lives with his family. Hogen received dharma transmission from Shugen Roshi in 2016.
Learn more about Ron Hogen Green, Sensei