Jody Hojin Kimmel

Keeping Still to Move

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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, 03/24/2019

 

Hojin Sensei brings up the poet Pablo Neruda through the lens of Dogen’s writings on Uji, being time, and on Refraining from Unwholesome Actions, the fascicle being studied this Ango. Hojin reminds us of Dogen’s perspective—time is not merely “flying,” but every moment we are being-time.

Fusatsu: Karma, elements & embodiment

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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, 03/14/2019

Inquiring into Dōgen’s fascicle of our Spring Ango study, “Refrain from Unwholesome Action,” this Fusatsu talk explores the first pure precept of refraining from harmful action, and atonement as letting it all in.

What Are We Facing?

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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 02/10/2019

Concluding her Face-to-face Creative Expression retreat, Hojin Sensei looks to Master Dogen’s instructions on “washing the face” as a way in to going beyond concepts of pure or impure, and to ask us to really question the depth and nature of our turning toward full acceptance of all that is especially in regards to our unique human embodiment.

A New Year’s Invitation

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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 12/31/2018

 

This talk was given during our annual New Year’s Eve renewal of vows ceremony. In it, Hojin Sensei urges us to use this new beginning as a chance to recommit to our practice and our lives, courageously acknowledging both our greed, anger, and ignorance and our generosity, wisdom and compassion.

Awaken Awakening

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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 12/9/2018

 

The Buddha once said: “Those who see dharma, see me. Those who see me, see dharma. Truly seeing dharma, one sees me. seeing me, one truly sees dharma.” In this talk, Hojin Sensei tells the story of the life of the Buddha as a model of dharma practice, and discusses how we can see the Buddha’s life in our own.

The Power Of Trembling

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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, 12/2/2018

 

Starting with the story of Master Zhaozhou Congshen’s encounter with an old woman, Hojin examines fear and dread, its omnipresence in the life of the Buddha and our own lives, and the importance of allowing oneself to truly experience fear.

Ever Intimate With Thinking

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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 11/16/2018

 

“We bow in deep respect to Prajna Paramita, mother of all Buddhas. She illuminates our delusion and dispels all fear.” Hojin Sensei uses this line from the daily liturgy to urge us to “entertain our delusions as guests,” learning to regard what may seem like a hindrance as the very means of our awakening.

Fusatsu: Reverence

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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 11/8/2018

 

Hojin Sensei, in a talk given during a renewal of vows ceremony, speaks about six forms of reverence: training, heedfulness, hospitality, and reverence for the buddha, dharma, and sangha.

Great Ancestor Mugai Nyodai: Broken Open

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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 09/26/2018

 

Hojin Sensei uses the life and enlightenment poems of Mugai Nyodai Daiosho, the first female Zen master in Japan, to explore keeping it together and falling apart in practice.

The Great Love of Buddhas and Ancestors

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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Vanessa Zuisei Goddard, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery 9/16/2018

At the conclusion to this year’s Wild Grasses Sesshin, a meditation intensive for those who identify as women, Hojin Sensei and Zuisei Sensei investigate the roles we assign our ancestors, both personal and spiritual. Are we making the best use of them? Are they making the best use of us?

Iron Grindstone Liu: Always in the Same Place

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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Blue Cliff Record, Case #24

Zen Mountain Monastery, 09/15/2018

Mondo on the Therigatha

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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 09/12/2018

 

Hojin Sensei leads a large study group through an introduction and overview to the Therigatha, a collection of poems by early female monastics and practitioners, many of whom were students of the Buddha himself. Hojin Sensei ends the discussion by chanting one of the poems.

Fall Ango Opening 2018 ZCNYC

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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, 9/09/2018

 

 

This talk was given at the opening of the current ango training period.

Return to the Source

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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 07/25/2018

Balanced Mind

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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 07/22/2018

Dragon Life

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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, 06/03/2018

 

Trusting Mind

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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, 05/20/2018

 

Loving Speech

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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, 05/13/2018

 

Fusatsu: May 2018 ZCNYC

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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, 05/11/2018

Embodiment

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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, 03/25/2018