Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi
Zen Mountain Monastery, 9/20/2020
From “The Thirty Seven Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva“, verse 4, To Let Go of This Life.
“Old friends and relatives will separate.
Possessions gained with exertion will be left behind.
Consciousness, the guest, will leave the guesthouse of the body.”
Continuing to work through the 37 Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva, Shugen Roshi takes up verse four, a profound teaching on the impermanent nature of our possessions, our relationships, and our life itself. Recognizing this truth allows us to engage the people and things of this world with greater intimacy and compassion, taking care of our lives with deep attention and respect.
Note: this talk was given outdoors, so there is more background noise in the recording.