Geoffrey Shugen Arnold

Spring 2021 Ango Opening

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 3/7/2021

 

Quingyuan

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Quingyuan
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 2/28/2021

Transmission of the Light, Case 35: Quingyuan

(Note: due to technical problems this audio lost 18 seconds of Roshi’s talk and has about eight minutes of lower quality audio)

Neither the Wind, Nor the Flag

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 2/21/2021

Mumonkan (Gateless Gate) – Case 29: Neither the Wind, Nor the Flag

Collapsing Moments

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 2/7/2021

Mumonkan (Gateless Gate) – Case 23: Think Neither Good Nor Evil

Transmission of the Light from Hongren to Huineng

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 01/31/2021

Transmission of the Light, Case 34: Huineng

Face to Face Transmission

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 01/30/2021

Master Hongzhi Zhengjue said, “Study the Buddha and research his lineage’s subtlety. You must clarify your heart, dive into the spirit, and silently wander in contemplation, apprehending the dharma’s source.”

With this teisho, Shugen Roshi begins a series of talks on the concept and actualization of transmission in the Zen tradition. While it is said to be a “mind-to-mind” transmission, it is at least equally important to point out that the student-teacher relationship requires some degree of face-to-face interaction.

Awakening Justice

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 1/17/2021

This week, the Monastery and MRO sangha honored the life and legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with a special Sunday service. We’ll be making Sunday’s Awakening Justice program available online next week. For now, you can view Shugen Roshi’s pre-recorded address for the occasion, or listen to the audio above.

Mind is Buddha

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 1/10/2021

Mumonkan (Gateless Gate) – Case 30: Mind is Buddha

On the Road to Find Out

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 01/03/2021

Mumonkan (Gateless Gate) – Case 31: Joshu Saw Through the Old Woman

In this first teisho of the new year, Shugen Roshi reflects on his own path to the Dharma and some of the hidden teachings along the way.

Fusatsu: The 2021 New Year

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 12/31/2020

Zen Mountain Monastery guides us into the New Year 2021 with a Fusatsu, or renewal of vows ceremony, on New Year’s Eve. During which Shugen Roshi offers an empowering talk on the virtues of intention and vows. Pointing to the reality of intention: “the Buddha was enlightened to the profound, radical truth, that intention is karma, intention is action that has consequence”. Roshi illuminates the great power of mind, which can be used haphazardly to solidify our position in samsara and cause unimaginable suffering in the world. Yet that same mind has the capacity to be free of all attachments through intention.

Breathing Into Humility

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 12/30/2020

Book of Serenity, Case 3: “The Invitation of the Ancestor to Eastern India”

“A raja invited the twenty-seventh Buddhist ancestor Prajnatara to a feast. The raja asked Prajnatara, “Why don’t you read scriptures?” The ancestor said, “This poor wayfarer doesn’t dwell in the realms of the body or mind when breathing in, doesn’t get involved in myriad circumstances when breathing out—I always reiterate such a scripture, hundreds, thousands, millions of scrolls.”

At the end of a difficult year, Shugen Roshi offers a thoughtful and compassionate teaching on wholehearted-continuous practice. Beginning with a story of the very first ZMM New Year’s Eve in 1980, Roshi goes on to examine what it means to not “dwell in the realms of the body or mind when breathing in.” Pointing out that we, as practitioners, can become attached to forms, even though our inherent nature is without restriction. Holding tightly to our conceptions, we might mistake the forms of practice for practice. Going deeper into the heart of being, we’re able to use the forms as structure and skillful means.

The Distance of Heaven and Earth

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 12/20/2020

 

Shakyamuni Buddha

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 12/13/2020

The Transmission of the Light, Case #1

What is Solitude?

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 12/6/2020

The Blue Cliff Record, Case 26: “Baizhang’s Sitting Alone on Ta Hsiung Mountain”

What is Sanctuary?

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 11/29/2020

Book of Serenity, Case 4: “The World-Honored One Points to the Ground”

Mondo on Humility, Confidence, and Inspiration

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 11/22/2020

A question and answer session with Shugen Roshi,  the residents of Zen Mountain Monastery, and the larger sangha, who participated via zoom.

Shugen Roshi concludes his teachings from  The Thirty Seven Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva, with verse 37:

“To clear away the suffering of all infinite beings,
With superior knowledge free of concepts of the three spheres,
To dedicate the merit accumulated through these efforts to enlightenment
Is the practice of a Bodhisattva.”

Always Examine the State of your Mind

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 11/21/2020

Shugen Roshi continues his teachings from  The Thirty Seven Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva, with verse 36:

“In brief, wherever you are and whatever you do,
Always examine the state of your mind.
Cultivating mindfulness and awareness continuously,
To benefit others is the practice of a Bodhisattva.”

Seize the Weapon of the Antidote

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 11/19/2020

Shugen Roshi continues his teachings from  The Thirty Seven Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva, with verse 35:

“When emotions become habitual, they are hard to get rid of with antidotes.
Therefore, with mindfulness and vigilance, to seize the weapon of the antidote
And crush attachment and other negative emotions
The moment they arise is the practice of a bodhisattva”

Speaking to our hearts and minds, Shugen Roshi expounds on the afflictive emotions that can toss us into turmoil. Pointing to their inherent empty nature Roshi asks us to question where the power of emotions lies. Better still, we should ask who or what is giving our emotions so much strength. Using the teachings, Shugen shows that it is our distracted mind that gives rise to our conflict with emotion. This conflict is only strengthened in subconscious habitual patterns. Thus, seize the weapon of the antidote, skillfully practice with mindfulness and vigilance.

Harmonizing Inner and Outer

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 11/15/2020

Shugen Roshi continues his teachings from  The Thirty Seven Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva, with verse 33 and 34:

“Offerings and respect may bring discord
And cause listening, reflection, and meditation to decline.
Therefore, to avoid attachment
To the homes of friends and benefactors is the practice of a bodhisattva.”

“Harsh words disturb the minds of others
And spoil our own bodhisattva practice.
Therefore, to give up rough speech,
Which others find unpleasant, is the practice of a bodhisattva.”

Freeing from Delusion

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 11/8/2020

Shugen Roshi continues his teachings from  The Thirty Seven Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva, with verse 31 and 32:

“If I do not examine my own defects,
Though outwardly a Dharma practitioner, I may act contrary to the Dharma.
Therefore, continuously to examine my own faults
And give them up is the practice of a bodhisattva.”

“If, impelled by negative emotions, I relate the faults
Of other bodhisattvas, I will myself degenerate.
Therefore, to not talk about the faults of anyone
Who has entered the Mahayana is the practice of a bodhisattva.”