Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi
Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 10/31/2021
From The Record of the Transmission of the Light, Case 30 – Huike
There are phrases one may hear at a Zen Monastery, such as “non-attachment”, “selflessness”, “ending all my involvements”, “the middle way”, “practice your anger”…. which can come across as nihilistic, extreme, ambiguous, impossible, cultish, and frightening. Shugen Roshi talks about how we can understand these by paying close attention to the moments of our own lives, and by looking beyond the words.