Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi
Zen Mountain Monastery, 7/26/2020
Shugen Roshi takes up the aspiration of enlightenment in The Awakening of Faith teachings, emphasizing that Buddha nature is not simply the potential for or seed of enlightenment – it is completely present in all beings at every moment. Based on this truth, we can aspire to clarity without becoming attached to attainment and deeply trust ourselves at the same time as we examine our actions and beliefs. Speaking of the Portland protests and the Wall of Moms, Roshi concludes this talk with appreciation for the profound teachings on vulnerability, power and integrity emerging from that movement.