Geoffrey Shugen Arnold

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