Geoffrey Shugen Arnold

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Dharma Encounter: How Do We Know This Practice Works?

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Dharma Encounter: How Do We Know This Practice Works?
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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 05/01/2022

This Dharma Encounter with Hojin Sensei took place at the conclusion of the Apple Blossom Sesshin. What are our reasons for coming to the Dharma? Is our practice helping to answer those questions? And how do we know that our practice is working? Hojin Sensei takes these questions up with Ango participants in a lively discussion.

 

Medicine and Sickness Heal Each Other

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Medicine and Sickness Heal Each Other
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Saturday 04/30/2022

From The Blue Cliff Record, Case 87 – Medicine and Disease Subdue Each Other

Why do certain afflictions arise for us? Are we simply victims of our karma, of causes and conditions? Or might our hardships be helping us cultivate something that we need? In this talk, Shugen Roshi illuminates how it is through our suffering that we find our path to liberation and that our teachers are often closer than we think.

 

Fusatsu: The Three Pure Precepts

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Fusatsu: The Three Pure Precepts
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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Friday Evening 04/29/2022

Dharma Talk during the Apple Blossom Sesshin 2022 Fusatsu Ceremony

Not Creating Evil, Practicing Good, and Actualizing Good For Others — these are The Three Pure Bodhisattva Precepts. But what does it mean to truly take up these vows in our own lives? In this talk, Hojin Sensei explores the meaning of each precept and how they can guide us in our practice.

Lotus in the Fire

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Lotus in the Fire
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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Thursday 04/28/2022

The Buddha pointed to our desires as the origin of our suffering. But how do we understand desire? Does having wants guarantee us pain? In this talk, Hogen Sensei discusses the nature of desire and investigates the difference between having attachments and liking certain things. How can we determine if we are bound by desire? And how do we hold the things in life we do like?

 

Alive in Silence

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Alive in Silence
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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Wednesday 04/27/2022

Why are we drawn to a retreat where silence is practiced? And why did the Buddha refer to this practice as “Noble Silence”? In this talk, Hojin Sensei opens the April Apple Blossom Sesshin by inquiring into the first sesshin precaution–to maintain inner and outer silence–and explores what silence and stillness have to offer us.

The Great Bodhisattva Vows

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Great Bodhisattva Vows
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 04/24/2022

Why are the Bodhisattva Vows so important in Buddhist Practice? Where do they come from and why are they these particular four–to save all sentient beings, to put an end to desires, to master the dharma, and to attain the Buddha Way? In this talk, Shugen Roshi explores the meaning of each vow and illustrates what they can teach us about our true nature.

 

 

Jukai Ceremony, Spring Ango 2022

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Jukai Ceremony, Spring Ango 2022
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 04/17/2022

Shugen Roshi officiates the Spring Ango Jukai ceremony at Zen Mountain Monastery in which six students receive the sixteen Buddhist precepts. Rennin, Seisan, Jiho, Yugaku, Shindo & Onren have all been practicing as formal students and studying these moral and ethical teachings for a number of years. During the ceremony Shugen Roshi offers joyful encouragement to the recipients as they take up these living teachings, living vows.

Richard Rennin Hubbard (“Pure Patience”)
Michele Seisan Laura (“Peaceful Mountain”)
Mark Jiho Taylor (“To Set Free, Release the Self'”)
Tom Yugaku Caplan (“To Remember and Know Courage”)
Rebecca Shindo Kisch (“Trust in the Way”)
Daniel Onren Latorre (“True Kindness” / “Pure Gratitude”)

 

Being Still

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Being Still
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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, Fire Lotus Temple, Sunday 04/17/2022

In this talk, Hojin Sensei speaks about the profound practice of being still. She explores the relationship between stillness and activity, and offers teachings on how we might interrupt our busyness through being undivided in every moment.

 

Faith in Buddha Nature

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Faith in Buddha Nature
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 04/10/2022

From The Blue Cliff Record, Case 21 – Chih Men’s “Lotus Flower, Lotus Leaves”

Shugen Roshi explores Buddha Nature as a foundational teaching of the Dharma, one we can actively study and focus on. How can we come to reveal our own enlightened nature, and what conditions are necessary for the husk of our seed to open?

 

Welcoming Strange and Wonderful Visitors

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Welcoming Strange and Wonderful Visitors
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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, Fire Lotus Temple, Sunday 04/10/2022

What is taking refuge in letting go and stillness, among the many visitors to our guest house? In this talk, Hojin Sensei speaks to the practice of resting in all moments of our living and dying, bringing in her recent experience of sitting with a dying friend. Being still, not turning away, we will encounter the unborn and the undying.