Retreat Teachers

At ZMM and ZCNYC

Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi is the Head of the Mountains and Rivers Order and Abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery. Shugen entered full-time residential training in 1986 after studying mathematics and receiving a degree in classical music. He received dharma transmission from John Daido Loori, Roshi in 1997. His teachings on Zen, social justice and environmental stewardship have appeared in various Buddhist journals, and The Best Buddhist Writing 2009 (Shambhala Publications). His book of poetry, O, Beautiful End, a collection of Zen memorial poems, was published in 2012.

Events with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend
May 3 - 5, 2024

Whether you’re completely new to Zen Buddhism or looking to deepen your connection, our popular introductory retreat offers an immersive experience in an ideal setting, nestled in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. During the weekend, you’ll receive instruction in zazen (seated meditation) and have a chance to experience and ask questions about liturgy, work as sacred activity, art and body practice, the teachings of wisdom and compassion, and how to approach Buddhist study. We’ll discuss how to establish a consistent home practice and you’ll receive guidance on bringing mindfulness and clear intention into your work, family, and relationships. You’ll  also have the opportunity for private interview with a teacher to explore the importance of the teacher-student relationship for the spiritual path. The retreat takes place within the Monastery cloister—a dynamic spiritual community whose everyday activities and concerns are simplified. By entering the cloister for a weekend, you’ll experience a place uniquely conducive to spiritual practice and to connecting to your own innate silence and stillness. While periods of the day are held within that silence, there will also be a number of opportunities to converse with fellow retreat participants, Monastery residents and monastics. Note: This retreat is a prerequisite…

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive—May 2024
May 20 - 26, 2024

Welcome to One Continuous Thread, a way to bring elements of a formal zazen intensive into your daily life. You will be able to participate with ZMM’s Sesshin via live webcast. We’ve designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in. Some people can engage fully with a sesshin schedule in their homes; others may seek the rigors and rewards of a zazen intensive while navigating their ongoing responsibilities to work, family and friends. One Continuous Thread can hold it all as we sit together, even while our needs and experiences might be quite diverse. Further guidance on how to engage with the retreat, and a full schedule of the Monastery’s zendo activities, will be sent to you no earlier than Monday afternoon. You can base your own sitting around that or set your own schedule.   There will be Opening Guidelines via Zoom on Monday night, and all participants, especially new ones, are encouraged to attend (regardless of day of arrival), and an evening Closing Reflections on Friday evening.   All participants who are interested can register for a group Zoom meeting with a teacher during the week; please let the Registrar know via email: registrar@dharma.net. …

Ocean Gathering Sesshin
May 20 - 26, 2024

Because sesshin is a very intensive retreat, if you have not attended sesshin at Zen Mountain Monastery you must have a pre-sesshin interview before you register, so please call or email the Training Office to schedule at (845) 688-2228, or registrar@dharma.net. Since there are a limited number of spots, please sign up for only 1 or 2 sesshin per quarter.  If registration is full, please put your name on the waiting list.  Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of zazen, chanting services, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), silent work practice and talks by the teacher and senior students. Sesshin is an opportunity to receive personal guidance in private interviews with the teacher, draw from the tremendous strength of people practicing together and experience the deep stillness that lies within each one of us. As with all in-person retreats at the Monastery, participants are required to follow the current protocol for keeping everyone safe (this link is updated frequently so check back). Review the current protocol requirements before…

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend
May 31 - June 2, 2024

Whether you’re completely new to Zen Buddhism or looking to deepen your connection, our popular introductory retreat offers an immersive experience in an ideal setting, nestled in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. During the weekend, you’ll receive instruction in zazen (seated meditation) and have a chance to experience and ask questions about liturgy, work as sacred activity, art and body practice, the teachings of wisdom and compassion, and how to approach Buddhist study. We’ll discuss how to establish a consistent home practice and you’ll receive guidance on bringing mindfulness and clear intention into your work, family, and relationships. You’ll  also have the opportunity for private interview with a teacher to explore the importance of the teacher-student relationship for the spiritual path. The retreat takes place within the Monastery cloister—a dynamic spiritual community whose everyday activities and concerns are simplified. By entering the cloister for a weekend, you’ll experience a place uniquely conducive to spiritual practice and to connecting to your own innate silence and stillness. While periods of the day are held within that silence, there will also be a number of opportunities to converse with fellow retreat participants, Monastery residents and monastics. Note: This retreat is a prerequisite…

Summer Solstice Sesshin
June 24 - 30, 2024

Because there are a limited number of spots, and to ensure equitable access to sesshin, please sign up for only 1 or 2 sesshins per quarter. If registration is full, please Join the Registration Pool.  Because sesshin is a very intensive retreat, if you have not attended sesshin at Zen Mountain Monastery you must have a pre-sesshin interview before you register.  Please call or email the Training Office to schedule this:  (845) 688-2228, or registrar@dharma.net. Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of zazen, chanting services, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), silent work practice and talks by the teacher and senior students. Sesshin is an opportunity to receive personal guidance in private interviews with the teacher, draw from the tremendous strength of people practicing together and experience the deep stillness that lies within each one of us. As with all in-person retreats at the Monastery, participants are required to follow the current protocol for keeping everyone safe (this link is updated frequently so check back). Review the current protocol…

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive—June 2024
June 24 - 30, 2024

Welcome to One Continuous Thread, a way to bring elements of a formal zazen intensive into your daily life. You will be able to participate with ZMM’s Sesshin via live webcast. We’ve designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in. Some people can engage fully with a sesshin schedule in their homes; others may seek the rigors and rewards of a zazen intensive while navigating their ongoing responsibilities to work, family and friends. One Continuous Thread can hold it all as we sit together, even while our needs and experiences might be quite diverse. Further guidance on how to engage with the retreat, and a full schedule of the Monastery’s zendo activities, will be sent to you no earlier than Monday afternoon. You can base your own sitting around that or set your own schedule.   There will be Opening Guidelines via Zoom on Monday night, and all participants, especially new ones, are encouraged to attend (regardless of day of arrival), and an evening Closing Reflections on Friday evening.   All participants who are interested can register for a group Zoom meeting with a teacher during the week; please let the Registrar know via email: registrar@dharma.net. …

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend
July 5 - 7, 2024

Whether you’re completely new to Zen Buddhism or looking to deepen your connection, our popular introductory retreat offers an immersive experience in an ideal setting, nestled in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. During the weekend, you’ll receive instruction in zazen (seated meditation) and have a chance to experience and ask questions about liturgy, work as sacred activity, art and body practice, the teachings of wisdom and compassion, and how to approach Buddhist study. We’ll discuss how to establish a consistent home practice and you’ll receive guidance on bringing mindfulness and clear intention into your work, family, and relationships. You’ll  also have the opportunity for private interview with a teacher to explore the importance of the teacher-student relationship for the spiritual path. The retreat takes place within the Monastery cloister—a dynamic spiritual community whose everyday activities and concerns are simplified. By entering the cloister for a weekend, you’ll experience a place uniquely conducive to spiritual practice and to connecting to your own innate silence and stillness. While periods of the day are held within that silence, there will also be a number of opportunities to converse with fellow retreat participants, Monastery residents and monastics. Note: This retreat is a prerequisite…

Interdependence Sesshin
July 22 - 28, 2024

Because there are a limited number of spots, and to ensure equitable access to sesshin, please sign up for only 1 or 2 sesshins per quarter. If registration is full, please Join the Registration Pool.  Because sesshin is a very intensive retreat, if you have not attended sesshin at Zen Mountain Monastery you must have a pre-sesshin interview before you register.  Please call or email the Training Office to schedule this:  (845) 688-2228, or registrar@dharma.net. Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of zazen, chanting services, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), silent work practice and talks by the teacher and senior students. Sesshin is an opportunity to receive personal guidance in private interviews with the teacher, draw from the tremendous strength of people practicing together and experience the deep stillness that lies within each one of us. As with all in-person retreats at the Monastery, participants are required to follow the current protocol for keeping everyone safe (this link is updated frequently so check back). Review the current protocol…

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive—July
July 22 - 28, 2024

Welcome to One Continuous Thread, a way to bring elements of a formal zazen intensive into your daily life. You will be able to participate with ZMM’s Sesshin via live webcast. We’ve designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in. Some people can engage fully with a sesshin schedule in their homes; others may seek the rigors and rewards of a zazen intensive while navigating their ongoing responsibilities to work, family and friends. One Continuous Thread can hold it all as we sit together, even while our needs and experiences might be quite diverse. Further guidance on how to engage with the retreat, and a full schedule of the Monastery’s zendo activities, will be sent to you no earlier than Monday afternoon. You can base your own sitting around that or set your own schedule.   There will be Opening Guidelines via Zoom on Monday night, and all participants, especially new ones, are encouraged to attend (regardless of day of arrival), and an evening Closing Reflections on Friday evening.   All participants who are interested can register for a group Zoom meeting with a teacher during the week; please let the Registrar know via email: registrar@dharma.net. …

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend
August 2 - 4, 2024

Whether you’re completely new to Zen Buddhism or looking to deepen your connection, our popular introductory retreat offers an immersive experience in an ideal setting, nestled in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. During the weekend, you’ll receive instruction in zazen (seated meditation) and have a chance to experience and ask questions about liturgy, work as sacred activity, art and body practice, the teachings of wisdom and compassion, and how to approach Buddhist study. We’ll discuss how to establish a consistent home practice and you’ll receive guidance on bringing mindfulness and clear intention into your work, family, and relationships. You’ll  also have the opportunity for private interview with a teacher to explore the importance of the teacher-student relationship for the spiritual path. The retreat takes place within the Monastery cloister—a dynamic spiritual community whose everyday activities and concerns are simplified. By entering the cloister for a weekend, you’ll experience a place uniquely conducive to spiritual practice and to connecting to your own innate silence and stillness. While periods of the day are held within that silence, there will also be a number of opportunities to converse with fellow retreat participants, Monastery residents and monastics. Note: This retreat is a prerequisite…

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive—August
August 19 - 25, 2024

Welcome to One Continuous Thread, a way to bring elements of a formal zazen intensive into your daily life. You will be able to participate with ZMM’s Sesshin via live webcast. We’ve designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in. Some people can engage fully with a sesshin schedule in their homes; others may seek the rigors and rewards of a zazen intensive while navigating their ongoing responsibilities to work, family and friends. One Continuous Thread can hold it all as we sit together, even while our needs and experiences might be quite diverse. Further guidance on how to engage with the retreat, and a full schedule of the Monastery’s zendo activities, will be sent to you no earlier than Monday afternoon. You can base your own sitting around that or set your own schedule.   There will be Opening Guidelines via Zoom on Monday night, and all participants, especially new ones, are encouraged to attend (regardless of day of arrival), and an evening Closing Reflections on Friday evening.   All participants who are interested can register for a group Zoom meeting with a teacher during the week; please let the Registrar know via email: registrar@dharma.net. …

Hazy Moon Sesshin
August 19 - 25, 2024

Because there are a limited number of spots, and to ensure equitable access to sesshin, please sign up for only 1 or 2 sesshins per quarter. If registration is full, please Join the Registration Pool.  Full week participation is required for this retreat. Because sesshin is a very intensive retreat, if you have not attended sesshin at Zen Mountain Monastery you must have a pre-sesshin interview before you register.  Please call or email the Training Office to schedule this:  (845) 688-2228, or registrar@dharma.net. Please note: This sesshin is designed to allow participants to explore both formal periods of zazen in the zendo, as well as self-directed sitting practice within the sesshin cloister. There will be periods of time when participants may choose to sit outside or in locations other than the zendo, together with others or in solitude. There will be several formal talks and opportunities for face-to-face teaching during the sesshin. In these ways, participants will experience the strength and support of more structured practice, together with less formal, yet equally powerful, self-guided practice. Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before…

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend
September 6 - 8, 2024

Whether you’re completely new to Zen Buddhism or looking to deepen your connection, our popular introductory retreat offers an immersive experience in an ideal setting, nestled in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. During the weekend, you’ll receive instruction in zazen (seated meditation) and have a chance to experience and ask questions about liturgy, work as sacred activity, art and body practice, the teachings of wisdom and compassion, and how to approach Buddhist study. We’ll discuss how to establish a consistent home practice and you’ll receive guidance on bringing mindfulness and clear intention into your work, family, and relationships. You’ll  also have the opportunity for private interview with a teacher to explore the importance of the teacher-student relationship for the spiritual path. The retreat takes place within the Monastery cloister—a dynamic spiritual community whose everyday activities and concerns are simplified. By entering the cloister for a weekend, you’ll experience a place uniquely conducive to spiritual practice and to connecting to your own innate silence and stillness. While periods of the day are held within that silence, there will also be a number of opportunities to converse with fellow retreat participants, Monastery residents and monastics. Note: This retreat is a prerequisite…

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive—September
September 23 - 29, 2024

Welcome to One Continuous Thread, a way to bring elements of a formal zazen intensive into your daily life. You will be able to participate with ZMM’s Sesshin via live webcast. We’ve designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in. Some people can engage fully with a sesshin schedule in their homes; others may seek the rigors and rewards of a zazen intensive while navigating their ongoing responsibilities to work, family and friends. One Continuous Thread can hold it all as we sit together, even while our needs and experiences might be quite diverse. Further guidance on how to engage with the retreat, and a full schedule of the Monastery’s zendo activities, will be sent to you no earlier than Monday afternoon. You can base your own sitting around that or set your own schedule.   There will be Opening Guidelines via Zoom on Monday night, and all participants, especially new ones, are encouraged to attend (regardless of day of arrival), and an evening Closing Reflections on Friday evening.   All participants who are interested can register for a group Zoom meeting with a teacher during the week; please let the Registrar know via email: registrar@dharma.net. …

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend
October 4 - 6, 2024

Whether you’re completely new to Zen Buddhism or looking to deepen your connection, our popular introductory retreat offers an immersive experience in an ideal setting, nestled in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. During the weekend, you’ll receive instruction in zazen (seated meditation) and have a chance to experience and ask questions about liturgy, work as sacred activity, art and body practice, the teachings of wisdom and compassion, and how to approach Buddhist study. We’ll discuss how to establish a consistent home practice and you’ll receive guidance on bringing mindfulness and clear intention into your work, family, and relationships. You’ll  also have the opportunity for private interview with a teacher to explore the importance of the teacher-student relationship for the spiritual path. The retreat takes place within the Monastery cloister—a dynamic spiritual community whose everyday activities and concerns are simplified. By entering the cloister for a weekend, you’ll experience a place uniquely conducive to spiritual practice and to connecting to your own innate silence and stillness. While periods of the day are held within that silence, there will also be a number of opportunities to converse with fellow retreat participants, Monastery residents and monastics. Note: This retreat is a prerequisite…

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive—October
October 21 - 27, 2024

Welcome to One Continuous Thread, a way to bring elements of a formal zazen intensive into your daily life. You will be able to participate with ZMM’s Sesshin via live webcast. We’ve designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in. Some people can engage fully with a sesshin schedule in their homes; others may seek the rigors and rewards of a zazen intensive while navigating their ongoing responsibilities to work, family and friends. One Continuous Thread can hold it all as we sit together, even while our needs and experiences might be quite diverse. Further guidance on how to engage with the retreat, and a full schedule of the Monastery’s zendo activities, will be sent to you no earlier than Monday afternoon. You can base your own sitting around that or set your own schedule.   There will be Opening Guidelines via Zoom on Monday night, and all participants, especially new ones, are encouraged to attend (regardless of day of arrival), and an evening Closing Reflections on Friday evening.   All participants who are interested can register for a group Zoom meeting with a teacher during the week; please let the Registrar know via email: registrar@dharma.net. …

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend
November 1 - 3, 2024

Whether you’re completely new to Zen Buddhism or looking to deepen your connection, our popular introductory retreat offers an immersive experience in an ideal setting, nestled in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. During the weekend, you’ll receive instruction in zazen (seated meditation) and have a chance to experience and ask questions about liturgy, work as sacred activity, art and body practice, the teachings of wisdom and compassion, and how to approach Buddhist study. We’ll discuss how to establish a consistent home practice and you’ll receive guidance on bringing mindfulness and clear intention into your work, family, and relationships. You’ll  also have the opportunity for private interview with a teacher to explore the importance of the teacher-student relationship for the spiritual path. The retreat takes place within the Monastery cloister—a dynamic spiritual community whose everyday activities and concerns are simplified. By entering the cloister for a weekend, you’ll experience a place uniquely conducive to spiritual practice and to connecting to your own innate silence and stillness. While periods of the day are held within that silence, there will also be a number of opportunities to converse with fellow retreat participants, Monastery residents and monastics. Note: This retreat is a prerequisite…

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive—November
November 18 - 24, 2024

Welcome to One Continuous Thread, a way to bring elements of a formal zazen intensive into your daily life. You will be able to participate with ZMM’s Sesshin via live webcast. We’ve designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in. Some people can engage fully with a sesshin schedule in their homes; others may seek the rigors and rewards of a zazen intensive while navigating their ongoing responsibilities to work, family and friends. One Continuous Thread can hold it all as we sit together, even while our needs and experiences might be quite diverse. Further guidance on how to engage with the retreat, and a full schedule of the Monastery’s zendo activities, will be sent to you no earlier than Monday afternoon. You can base your own sitting around that or set your own schedule.   There will be Opening Guidelines via Zoom on Monday night, and all participants, especially new ones, are encouraged to attend (regardless of day of arrival), and an evening Closing Reflections on Friday evening.   All participants who are interested can register for a group Zoom meeting with a teacher during the week; please let the Registrar know via email: registrar@dharma.net. …