Retreat Teachers

At ZMM and ZCNYC

Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi is the Head of the Mountains and Rivers Order, abbot and resident teacher of Zen Mountain Monastery, and abbot of the Zen Center of New York City. 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 Practice Weekend (Online)
March 12, 2021

This time calls each of us to bring forth clear understanding and genuine compassion to alleviate the suffering within us and in our world. The Buddha was enlightened to the truth—that we each yearn to be at peace and in harmony—yet we struggle to know how our lives can bring us closer to our deepest aspirations. Buddhist practice is a Path that brings us closer, teaching us profound spiritual practices that any sincere person can engage, wherever we are. This online version of the Monastery’s popular monthly Introduction to Zen Training is an opportunity to engage these time-honored practices and begin a meditation practice at home or strengthen a practice that has already begun. Designed for those new to Zen training, this retreat introduces the Monastery’s Eight Gates program, an approach for taking up the whole of our lives as a path of spiritual practice. Led by a training staff of Monastics, Home Practicing Seniors and Teachers, this online immersion experience can work within most living situations, as long as the commitment to engage is there within you. While the weekend includes talks and plenty of time for questions, the experiential component is what grounds the practice. You will get…

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive- March 2021
March 22, 2021

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 during this time of social distancing. 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. After registering, you’ll receive further guidance on how to engage with the retreat, and a full schedule of the Monastery’s zendo activities. You can base your own sitting around that or set your own schedule. Webcasted dharma talks during the week will also be available as audio files. There will be a Zoom offering for Opening Guidelines on Monday night and all participants, especially new ones, are encouraged to attend (regardless of day of arrival), and an evening Closing Reflections on Saturday evening.   All participants who register by 10am on Monday, March 22nd will…

Touching the Sacred: Liturgy for Home Practitioners
April 3, 2021

The Buddhist Path has been expressed as ceasing from all harm; doing all that is good; training the mind. In traditional practice, as well as the practice of everyday life, we are always within the body and mind of the Buddha, our enlightened nature. When we don’t see this clearly, we experience insufficiency – spiritual impoverishment – both inwardly and in our world. We then try to satisfy our natural desire for aliveness and intimacy by pursuing passing pleasures. Ultimately, this leads to disappointment, and the cycle begins again. It is this very cycle – samsara – that we are freeing ourselves from through the many forms of Buddhist practice. In this retreat, we examine this through some of the profound, varied and important practices that we generally describe as liturgy – chanting, invocations, prostrations, etc – but which more rightly should be understood as the mystical realist’s practice of training the mind. The retreat combines talks, discussions, and practical training. We’ll draw from Daido Roshi’s Celebrating Everyday Life, a book written to assist lay practitioners in developing an appreciation of liturgy and its role in home practice. We’ll examine the elements, function, and teaching of the altar; the underlying…

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive- April 2021
April 19, 2021

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 during this time of social distancing. 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. After registering, you’ll receive further guidance on how to engage with the retreat, and a full schedule of the Monastery’s zendo activities. You can base your own sitting around that or set your own schedule. Webcasted dharma talks during the week will also be available as audio files. There will be a Zoom offering for Opening Guidelines on Monday night and all participants, especially new ones, are encouraged to attend (regardless of day of arrival), and an evening Closing Reflections on Saturday evening.   All participants who register by 10am on Monday, April 19th will…

Introduction to Zen Practice Weekend (Online)
April 30, 2021

This time calls each of us to bring forth clear understanding and genuine compassion to alleviate the suffering within us and in our world. The Buddha was enlightened to the truth—that we each yearn to be at peace and in harmony—yet we struggle to know how our lives can bring us closer to our deepest aspirations. Buddhist practice is a Path that brings us closer, teaching us profound spiritual practices that any sincere person can engage, wherever we are. This online version of the Monastery’s popular monthly Introduction to Zen Training is an opportunity to engage these time-honored practices and begin a meditation practice at home or strengthen a practice that has already begun. Designed for those new to Zen training, this retreat introduces the Monastery’s Eight Gates program, an approach for taking up the whole of our lives as a path of spiritual practice. Led by a training staff of Monastics, Home Practicing Seniors and Teachers, this online immersion experience can work within most living situations, as long as the commitment to engage is there within you. While the weekend includes talks and plenty of time for questions, the experiential component is what grounds the practice. You will get…

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive- May 2021
May 24, 2021

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 during this time of social distancing. 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. After registering, you’ll receive further guidance on how to engage with the retreat, and a full schedule of the Monastery’s zendo activities. You can base your own sitting around that or set your own schedule. Webcasted dharma talks during the week will also be available as audio files. There will be a Zoom offering for Opening Guidelines on Monday night and all participants, especially new ones, are encouraged to attend (regardless of day of arrival), and an evening Closing Reflections on Saturday evening.   All participants who register by 10am on Monday, May 24th will…

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive- June 2021
June 21, 2021

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 during this time of social distancing. 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. After registering, you’ll receive further guidance on how to engage with the retreat, and a full schedule of the Monastery’s zendo activities. You can base your own sitting around that or set your own schedule. Webcasted dharma talks during the week will also be available as audio files. There will be a Zoom offering for Opening Guidelines on Monday night and all participants, especially new ones, are encouraged to attend (regardless of day of arrival), and an evening Closing Reflections on Saturday evening.   All participants who register by 10am on Monday, June 21st will…

Introduction to Zen Practice Weekend (Online)
July 2, 2021

This time calls each of us to bring forth clear understanding and genuine compassion to alleviate the suffering within us and in our world. The Buddha was enlightened to the truth—that we each yearn to be at peace and in harmony—yet we struggle to know how our lives can bring us closer to our deepest aspirations. Buddhist practice is a Path that brings us closer, teaching us profound spiritual practices that any sincere person can engage, wherever we are. This online version of the Monastery’s popular monthly Introduction to Zen Training is an opportunity to engage these time-honored practices and begin a meditation practice at home or strengthen a practice that has already begun. Designed for those new to Zen training, this retreat introduces the Monastery’s Eight Gates program, an approach for taking up the whole of our lives as a path of spiritual practice. Led by a training staff of Monastics, Home Practicing Seniors and Teachers, this online immersion experience can work within most living situations, as long as the commitment to engage is there within you. While the weekend includes talks and plenty of time for questions, the experiential component is what grounds the practice. You will get…

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive- July 2021
July 19, 2021

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 during this time of social distancing. 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. After registering, you’ll receive further guidance on how to engage with the retreat, and a full schedule of the Monastery’s zendo activities. You can base your own sitting around that or set your own schedule. Webcasted dharma talks during the week will also be available as audio files. There will be a Zoom offering for Opening Guidelines on Monday night and all participants, especially new ones, are encouraged to attend (regardless of day of arrival), and an evening Closing Reflections on Saturday evening.   All participants who register by 10am on Monday, July 19th will…

Introduction to Zen Practice Weekend (Online)
July 30, 2021

This time calls each of us to bring forth clear understanding and genuine compassion to alleviate the suffering within us and in our world. The Buddha was enlightened to the truth—that we each yearn to be at peace and in harmony—yet we struggle to know how our lives can bring us closer to our deepest aspirations. Buddhist practice is a Path that brings us closer, teaching us profound spiritual practices that any sincere person can engage, wherever we are. This online version of the Monastery’s popular monthly Introduction to Zen Training is an opportunity to engage these time-honored practices and begin a meditation practice at home or strengthen a practice that has already begun. Designed for those new to Zen training, this retreat introduces the Monastery’s Eight Gates program, an approach for taking up the whole of our lives as a path of spiritual practice. Led by a training staff of Monastics, Home Practicing Seniors and Teachers, this online immersion experience can work within most living situations, as long as the commitment to engage is there within you. While the weekend includes talks and plenty of time for questions, the experiential component is what grounds the practice. You will get…

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive- August 2021
August 23, 2021

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 during this time of social distancing. 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. After registering, you’ll receive further guidance on how to engage with the retreat, and a full schedule of the Monastery’s zendo activities. You can base your own sitting around that or set your own schedule. Webcasted dharma talks during the week will also be available as audio files. There will be a Zoom offering for Opening Guidelines on Monday night and all participants, especially new ones, are encouraged to attend (regardless of day of arrival), and an evening Closing Reflections on Saturday evening.   All participants who register by 10am on Monday, August 23rd will…

Introduction to Zen Practice Weekend (Online)
September 10, 2021

This time calls each of us to bring forth clear understanding and genuine compassion to alleviate the suffering within us and in our world. The Buddha was enlightened to the truth—that we each yearn to be at peace and in harmony—yet we struggle to know how our lives can bring us closer to our deepest aspirations. Buddhist practice is a Path that brings us closer, teaching us profound spiritual practices that any sincere person can engage, wherever we are. This online version of the Monastery’s popular monthly Introduction to Zen Training is an opportunity to engage these time-honored practices and begin a meditation practice at home or strengthen a practice that has already begun. Designed for those new to Zen training, this retreat introduces the Monastery’s Eight Gates program, an approach for taking up the whole of our lives as a path of spiritual practice. Led by a training staff of Monastics, Home Practicing Seniors and Teachers, this online immersion experience can work within most living situations, as long as the commitment to engage is there within you. While the weekend includes talks and plenty of time for questions, the experiential component is what grounds the practice. You will get…