One Dharma: Having Desires & Knowing How to Be Satisfied
with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi
March 13 - 15, 2020
When the mind becomes quiet and clear, we can better understand the subtleties of the Buddha’s teaching and more clearly experience its relationship to our lives. Through silent meditation and inquiry guided by Shugen Roshi, this intensive presents an opportunity to explore some particular aspect of practice; as attachment and hindrance, and as letting go and passage.
Roshi will begin the retreat with a short talk on the practice of desires drawing on Having Few Desire, one of the Eight Awarenesses teaching. He’ll speak to how zazen can be a powerful way for us to see and understand our binding desires clearly, so that we can release ourselves, without coercion, from their grasp. We’ll then spend the morning examining this more directly within silent meditation. Roshi will then lead a mondo (informal discussion) inviting participants to bring forth their questions, struggles and insight so we can learn from each other.
The afternoon will begin with a teaching on Knowing How to Be Satisfied, another of the Awarenesses, to examine positive desires and how to nurture these without becoming attached. Desires most often lead to dissatisfaction and disappointment. How can we practice our healthy desires so they support our practice and lives rather than bind them? This will then be followed by zazen and a mondo. This retreat is an opportunity to deepen our zazen practice and study with the teacher together with other students.
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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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