Jody Hojin Kimmel

Reluctant Bodhisattva

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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City,  09/22/2019

Within our connections to each other we sometimes falter. This very human endeavor to be of benefit is also where we find our reluctance, the great “no way” of the Great Way. This is the place where we actually can awaken great compassion, arising even when we’re struggling—or find ourselves in what feels like a hot hell realm—there is wisdom and light within our aspiration that we might not find in any other situation.

Take Good Care

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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City,  09/21/2019

At the global Climate Strike, young people expressed their urgency for taking care of our earth in all that we do. In the Dhammapada, teachings on caring are emphasized, and Buddha also encouraged in his last words to the sangha, taking care. Hojin Sensei explores how we do or don’t take good care, in our own minds and with each other, encouraging us to look deeply into the ways that we can show our care.

Not Mixing up Buddhism

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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 09/15/2019

As the concluding dharma talk of the Wild Grasses women’s sesshin, Hojin Sensei offers this koan exploring the clarity that puts to rest notions of good and bad, higher and lower, and the many identities with which the Dharma is realized and manifest in the world.

No Reference Point – Wild Grasses Women’s Sesshin

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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 09/13/2019

Dharma talk from the Wild Grasses Women’s Sesshin

Please note –  the audio at the start is of variable quality but improves during the talk.  

Mondo: Sangha Gathering

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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei & Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, 08/25/2019

Please note –  the audio at the start is poor quality but improves during the mondo.

Co-directors of ZCNYC lead a sangha discussion about current events at the Temple, on-going repairs to the building, staff and monastic contributions, volunteer and residency opportunities as well as upcoming retreats and teachings in the Mountains & Rivers Order of Zen Buddhism.

Born as the Earth

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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, 08/11/2019

Taking up a commentary from Koans of the Way of Reality, Hojin asks, “where do you find your self?” How do we realize ourselves as the entire world? Within all that we’re holding together and in our hearts and minds, returning to this great earth is returning again to our natural mind, our “Buddha nature,” and our great capacity, even in the most challenging of times.

Grounding in Groundlessness

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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 07/24/2019

In this talk from Interdependence Sesshin, Hojin Sensei employs the concept of imho, being tripped up by the ground beneath our feet and depending on that same ground to get back up. When you stumble and fall, Sensei suggests, don’t be so quick to jump back up again. You may just find hidden gems, including the very earth itself.

Keeping Quiet

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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 07/21/2019

 

Attention Attending

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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 06/27/2019

 

Quoting an old Zen story, a student asks what is the basis of great wisdom and the teacher answers “Attention!” Hojin Sensei speaks about the student’s struggle to understand and see what is profound and subtle in this instruction, attention attention attention!  How can whole-hearted and simple attention help us to work skillfully with what is directly in front of us? 

Art and Dharma: Waking up to Wonder

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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, 05/19/2019

 

Hojin Sensei explores art as an extension of Dharma and how it helps us keep the world fresh, new, and wondrous. Referencing visual artists, poets, and novelists, she considers how art can interrupt conditioned ways of viewing the world to allow us to live more fully.  

Meeting Great Ancestor Liu Tiemo

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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, 05/12/2019

 

After invoking all mothers, Hojin Sensei turns to Iron Grindstone Liu, a formidable female teacher from the Zen tradition. Taking up an encounter between the Grindstone and her teacher, Guishan, Hojin implores us to consider—where is the true feast? Where is it ever, other than right here, right now?  

The Unthinkable One You Do Not Know

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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, 05/11/2019

 

Hojin Sensei in this dharma talk begins with a poem from Thomas Merton that encourages us to be silent and listen. She asks: Can we do this? How do we do this? Our lives are both listening and responding, and deep quiet of zazen practice can compliment and help balance our usual busy, active, responsive lives.

Fusatsu: The Role of Intention In Practice

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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, 05/09/2019

Fusatsu

How does intention affect karma? Is intention the same as karma? Do we always have a choice? No choice? Some choice? Seeing intention can be very difficult. In this Fusatsu talk, Hojin Sensei explores the role of intention in our practice, framed by the theme of this Ango: Do wholesome action, refrain from unwholesome action, illuminate the mind.

 

Opening To Uncertainty

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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 04/26/2019

 

Uncertainty is the foundation of our lives. Can we be at home there? Practicing the limitless qualities of Loving-Kindness, Compassion, Joy, Equanimity, Not Harming, can help us live our lives as a continuous blossoming into the unknown.

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.