Geoffrey Shugen Arnold

The Buddha’s Enlightenment

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi   

The Transmission of the Light, Case #1

Zen Mountain Monastery, 12/9/2018

In this talk, given following our annual vigil to celebrate the Buddha’s enlightenment, Shugen Roshi evokes the Shakyamuni’s profound humanity and exceptional faith, emphasizing that we show our reverence for the Buddha and his teachings by actualizing them in our own place and time, our own bodies and minds.

Buddha’s Enlightenment Fusatsu

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 12/8/2018

Guishan’s Gift

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

The True Dharma Eye, Case #56

Zen Mountain Monastery, 11/25/2018

Particularly during the holiday season, the virtue of generosity is frequently and casually invoked. But how do we actually practice true giving and true receiving? Shugen Roshi describes giving in harmony with receiving, not looking for something in return – a generosity which is deeply authentic even when only great effort can bring it forth.

It’s Not Like Something

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

The True Dharma Eye, Case #101

Zen Mountain Monastery, 11/17/2018

In this talk, Shugen Roshi takes up the lines central to our Ango study of Buddha ancestors: “I am like this. You are like this. All the ancestors in India were like this.” Through the lens of Master Dongshan’s Five Ranks, he speaks of the importance of practicing, actualizing and transmitting that which is always present and cannot be taught.

Virtue, Concentration, Discernment

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 11/14/2018

 

“Concentration nurtured with virtue is of great fruit, great reward. Discernment nurtured with concentration is of great fruit, great reward. The mind nurtured with discernment is rightly released.” In this talk from November’s Shuso Hossen Sesshin, Shugen Roshi delves into this simple yet profound teaching from the Pali Canon. Ethical action, meditation and insight rely on and support each other, he notes, forming a unified path which can address the many aspects of our humanity.

Jukai Ceremony

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 11/11/2018

 

Shugen Roshi officiates a ceremony in which Nancy Meyer-Emerick (Eisho, “eternal bloom”), Constanza Ontaneda (Sokyo, “everyday sutra”), Steve Miron (Seigan, “sacred eye”), Achong Chen (Jusan, “pearl mountain”), Jonathan Rosenthal (Seiko, “boundless peace”), and Polly Horn (Kiho, “radiant dharma”) receive the sixteen Buddhist precepts and are given their new dharma names.

Shakyamuni’s Flower

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

The True Dharma Eye, Case #253

Zen Mountain Monastery, 11/4/2018

 

Chao-Chou Can’t Explain

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

The Blue Cliff Record, Case 58

 Zen Mountain Monastery, 10/07/2018

Shugen Roshi unfolds the appearance of division and its root, within us and our nation at this time.

Mondo on Buddha Ancestors

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 10/4/2018

 

Shugen Roshi leads a discussion of the recorded lives and past lives of the Buddha’s first disciples, touching on the nature of religious narrative, Buddhist philosophies of karma and rebirth, and the importance of studying the ancestors.

Unfortunately, a few minutes of this talk could not be recorded due to technical difficulties.

Dharma Encounter

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 9/30/2018

 

In a moment which so urgently demands that we step forward to alleviate the suffering of the world, where do we take refuge? Where do we find the ground from which to act justly and with compassion in difficult moments? Shugen Roshi invites the sangha to present their understanding.

The Master’s Portrait

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

The True Dharma Eye: Master Dogen’s Three Hundred Koan Shobogenzo, Case #25

 Zen Mountain Monastery, 9/29/2018

What does it mean to bow to the Buddha, to the mountain, to our teachers? Shugen Roshi speaks of a kind of veneration that allows us to be earnest in asking for the teachings while maintaining deep faith in our own enlightened nature.

Yaoshan’s Non-Thinking

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

The True Dharma Eye: Master Dogen’s Three Hundred Koan Shobogenzo, Case #129

 Zen Mountain Monastery, 9/26/2018

Shugen Roshi speaks about the karmic patterns of the mind as they arise in zazen and the need to find a middle way between suppressing thought and being swept away by it.

Buddha Ancestors

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

From Master Dogen’s Fascicle “Buddha Ancestors”

 Zen Mountain Monastery, 9/23/2018

Hsi-chung Makes Carts

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

The Gateless Gate, Case 8

 Zen Mountain Monastery, 9/09/2018

Fall Ango Opening 2018 ZMM

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 9/2/2018

This talk was given at the opening of the current ango training period. Shugen Roshi addresses the theme of the ango, and questions how we can best honor our lineages, knowing that the manners of the past can sometimes clash with our own values of equality and inclusivity.

Check out the audio above or watch a video of this talk below.

With apologies, the video image cuts out during the last couple minutes of the talk. The audio, however, remains consistent through the conclusion.

Xuefeng’s Rice Field

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

The True Dharma Eye: Master Dogen’s Three Hundred Koans (Shinji Shobogenzo), Case 149

Zen Mountain Monastery, 8/26/2018

Xuansha Builds a Seamless Monument

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

The True Dharma Eye: Master Dogen’s Three Hundred Koans (Shinji Shobogenzo), Case 163

Zen Mountain Monastery, 8/24/2018

Shugen Roshi explores the path of practice through “home.” There are the many homes that serve as the seat of our ever changing identity and the home that we return to. Roshi addresses the delusion of alienation from this “eternal home” and offers a look at a life of honest practice as the wide path of returning to it.

Refrain from Unwholesome Action

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

From Master Dogen’s Shobogenzo
The Fascicle “Refrain from Unwholesome Action”

Zen Mountain Monastery, 8/22/2018

Resilience

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

From the Record of Master Dongshan

Zen Mountain Monastery, 8/19/2018

Linji’s “True Person of No Rank”

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

The True Dharma Eye: Master Dogen’s Three Hundred Koans (Shinji Shobogenzo), Case 147

Zen Mountain Monastery, 8/05/2018

Manjushri’s “Three Three”

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

The True Dharma Eye: Master Dogen’s Three Hundred Koans (Shinji Shobogenzo), Case 127

Zen Mountain Monastery, 7/29/2018

video: Dongshan’s “No Grass”

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On Sunday, July 8, The Buddhist Poetry Festival at Zen Mountain Monastery concluded with a talk by Shugen Roshi. The koan case referenced in the talk is Dongshan’s “No Grass” from the Book of Serenity.

Find out more about the festival by visiting BuddhistPoetryFestival.org

Dongshan’s “No Grass”

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Book of Serenity, Case 89

This talk was given at the conclusion of the Buddhist Poetry Festival.

Zen Mountain Monastery, 7/08/2018

Xiangyan’s “Person Up a Tree”

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

The True Dharma Eye: Master Dogen’s Three Hundred Koans (Shinji Shobogenzo), Case 243

Zen Mountain Monastery, 7/01/2018

Master Ma is Unwell – Part II

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Blue Cliff Record, Case 3

Zen Mountain Monastery, 6/24/2018

Samadhi and Prajna – Part II

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 6/22/2018

 

Samadhi and Prajna – Part I

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 6/20/2018

 

Master Ma is Unwell – Part I

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Blue Cliff Record, Case 3

Zen Mountain Monastery, 6/17/2018

Tokudo: Monastic Ordination for Jeffrey Kyokai Onjin Plant

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 6/10/2018

 

Chao-chou says “Wash Your Bowls”

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

The Gateless Gate, Case 7

 Zen Mountain Monastery, 6/3/2018

 

Dongshan’s “Teachings of the Insentient”

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

The True Dharma Eye: Master Dogen’s Three Hundred Koans (Shinji Shobogenzo), Case 148

 Zen Mountain Monastery, 5/26/2018

 

Jukai: May 2018

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 5/13/2018

 

Fusatsu: May 2018 ZMM

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 5/11/2018

 

Bodhidharma’s “Peace of Mind”

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

The Gateless Gate, Case 41

 Zen Mountain Monastery, 5/06/2018

 

Nanyue’s “It’s not like Something”

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

The True Dharma Eye: Master Dogen’s Three Hundred Koans (Shinji Shobogenzo), Case 101

 Zen Mountain Monastery, 4/28/2018

The Entire World of the Ten Directions

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

A discourse on an excerpt from Master Dogen’s Shobogenzo Fascicle “Body-Mind Study of the Way”

Zen Mountain Monastery, 4/25/2018

Ta Lung’s ‘Hard and Fast Body of Reality’

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Blue Cliff Record, Case 82

Zen Mountain Monastery, 4/15/2018

Zuisei Sensei’s Dharma Transmission

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi & Vanessa Zuisei Goddard, Sensei  

Zen Mountain Monastery, 4/8/2018

Fusatsu: April 2018 ZMM

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 4/5/2018

Dharma Encounter on Views

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 4/1/2018

Nanyang’s ‘Water Pitcher’

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Book of Serenity, Case 42

Zen Mountain Monastery, 3/31/2018

Fayan’s ‘Fire God’

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

The True Dharma Eye: Master Dogen’s Three Hundred Koans (Shinji Shobogenzo), Case 122

 Zen Mountain Monastery, 3/28/2018

The Hands and Eyes of the Bodhisattva of Great Compassion

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 3/25/2018

Blue Cliff Record: Case 89

Turning the Body Around

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Zen Center of New York City, 3/18/2018

Mind is Buddha

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Center of New York City, 3/17/2018

Gateless Gate: Case 30

Fusatsu: March 2018 ZCNYC

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Zen Center of New York City, 3/15/2018

Master Sinha

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 3/11/2018

Transmission of the Light: Case 25

Spring Ango Opening 2018 ZMM

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 3/4/2018

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On Bodhidharma’s Outlines of Practice

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 2/25/2018

This talk was given by Shugen Roshi on Feb. 25, 2018, at the conclusion of the Monastery’s Bodhidharma sesshin.

Fayan’s Substance and Name

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Book of Serenity: Case 74

Zen Mountain Monastery, 2/11/2018

Note: due to technical difficulty the first 90 seconds of this audio is from a talk given in 2012.

Think Neither Good nor Evil

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Gateless Gate: Case 23, Think Neither Good nor Evil

Zen Mountain Monastery, 2/4/2018

A Buffalo Passes Through a Window, Part 3

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Gateless Gate: Case 38, A Buffalo Passes Through a Window

Zen Mountain Monastery, 1/28/2018

A Buffalo Passes Through a Window, Part 2

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Gateless Gate: Case 38, A Buffalo Passes Through a Window

Zen Mountain Monastery, 1/26/2018

A Buffalo Passes Through a Window, Part 1

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Gateless Gate: Case 38, A Buffalo Passes Through a Window

Zen Mountain Monastery, 1/24/2018

Chih Men’s Lotus Flower, Lotus Leaves

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Blue Cliff Record: Case 21, Chih Men’s Lotus Flower, Lotus Leaves

Zen Mountain Monastery, 1/7/2018

New Year Fusatsu

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 12/31/2017

This talk was given during the final hour of 2017 as the sangha gathered to conclude our Rohatsu Sesshin and ring in the new year. Roshi addressed themes of renewal and commitment to the Bodhisattva Vows, underscoring the New Year’s Eve fusatsu ceremony.

 

New Year Fusatsu