Buddhist Studies, Session 9, Zen Mountain Monastery

Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 02/13/2020

In the final study session on the eightfold path, Shugen Roshi examines Right Concentration using the works of Piyadassi Thera and Bhikkhu Bodhi, teachers in the Theravadin tradition, who provide succinct descriptions of various stages and pitfalls encountered as practice matures and deepens. While these categorized and linear explanations are not typically part of Zen training, the states of mind they describe can be helpful to all meditators and illuminate how concentration functions in the Zen practices of koan study and shikantaza.

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