Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi
Zen Mountain Monastery, Mt Tremper, New York, Saturday 11/18/2023
From Atisha’s 59 Mind-Training Slogans
Shugen Roshi covers the final four of Atisha’s slogans, which appropriately cap off the teachings of all 59. They reiterate some basic questions: Why are we practicing? For whom? How do we process our expectations? How and where are they centered? Why do we chant the 4 immeasurables if not for their universal practicality? In the context of our sincere desire for awakening, what thwarts us and what helps us practice forward?