Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi
Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 10/09/2022
From the True Dharma Eye, Case 16 – Changsha’s “Returning to Mountains, Rivers, and the Great Earth”
This talk by Shugen Roshi was offered on the 13th year anniversary of Daido Roshi’s passing. Shugen shares some stories from back in the day and invokes Daidoshi’s love for the wilderness, Dogen, and the “Mountains and Rivers Sutra.”
How do we see and experience challenging relationships and obstructive situations in a skillful way? When faced with so much suffering, greed, and anger, how can we bring forth generosity, patience, loving kindness and compassion? Turning the things of the world in order to solve the many problems doesn’t get to the root. But when we instead turn this body/mind to meet the world just as it is, we discover a peace that reaches everywhere.