Other MRO Teachings

Coming Into Focus

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Robert Rakusan Ricci, Senior Monastic

Zen Mountain Monastery, 10/20/2019

 

The Persistent Illusion Of Time

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Yukon

Michael Yukon Grody, Senior Monastic

Zen Center of New York City, 10/06/2019

Seeking the Dharma is an unusual way to find peace and healing, but the Buddha was very clear that the Way is available in every moment and in every action, and with others we find support and guidance which we need to let ourselves be vulnerable. In this talk, monastic Yukon encourages us to take every opportunity to explore the nature of reality, and thereby how we can develop a true compassionate heart—not separating self, other, objects and the entire world.

 

To Study The Self

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ShoanDanica Shoan Ankele, Senior Monastic

Zen Center of New York City, 09/29/2019

Realization, Zen practice and everyday life, how are these all related? To study the self, a fundamental teaching from Dogen Zenji, opens many doors as it profoundly disrupts our ability to grasp at fixed definitions or to put ourselves in a box, giving us ways to develop and experience our own liberation.

Transformation

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ShoanDanica Shoan Ankele, Monastic

Zen Center of New York City, 09/01/2019

How does the magic of transformation happen? We may all secretly wish to transform what we don’t like, but how open are we to transformations we can’t even imagine? And to do this not just for ourselves, but for the betterment of all beings? Monastic Shoan explores how wisdom grows through the willingness to blossom, and to wake up, in this very life.

Quenching the Thirst

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ShoanDanica Shoan Ankele, Monastic

Zen Mountain Monastery, 08/24/2019

 

The Long Haul

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Robert Rakusan Ricci, Senior Monastic

Zen Mountain Monastery, 08/22/2019

Words from long-time Zen practitioner and monastic Rakusan. Drawing on his lifetime of poetry as spiritual practice, he offers perspectives on the long road of distraction and commitment, obstacles and skillful means helping us to grapple with the wonder and the mystery of our lives.

Clear Spirit Breeze, Breath of our Song

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Michael Chizen Brown, Senior Lay Practitioner

Zen Mountain Monastery, 08/21/2019

A universal spiritual element, the breath of life is also the basis of zazen practice as taught in Zen Buddhism. The breath as a practice is fundamental in working with the mind, letting go of conceptual thought, practicing bodhicitta, and raising the Buddha Mind. Long-time senior lay practitioner Chizen shares perspectives on practicing the heart of the Way during the Hazy Moon Sesshin.

The Practice of True Reality

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Bear Gokan Bonebakker, Senior Monastic

Zen Mountain Monastery, 08/18/2019

A verse by Master Hongzhi is a direct encouragement to work with mind and the thoughts which generally occupy us. This helpful talk from monastic Gokan explores using these teachings to shift from habitual spinning into a practice that is not obscured by external causes and conditions, but is a practice of true reality.

Using the 24 Hours

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Valerie Meiju Linet, Senior Lay Student

Zen Center of New York City, 08/04/2019

How do we best use our minds throughout the day? Taking up an exchange between Zen master Joshu and a student, senior lay student Meiju explores the urgency we feel at not wasting our lives, or our time, as a place that often slips into disconnection from what is actually happening. How do we use the 24-hours without being used by them?

The Monster Within

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Yukon

Michael Yukon Grody, Senior Monastic

Zen Center of New York City, 07/28/2019

We all have the capacity to change for the better, and often face resistance to those very changes that could improve our lives and those of our communities and our world. What is underneath our resistance? Monastic Yukon asks, What do we feel apart from, how do we feel disconnected? From the natural world, and from each other? Understanding our minds and our intrinsic Buddha nature can bring out the sense of wholeness and compassion within us that we deeply want to know.

Buddhas come Whole

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Bear Gokan Bonebakker, Senior Monastic

Zen Mountain Monastery, 7/27/2019

Sesshin can provide us with many things: time and space to develop concentrated awareness; an enhanced appreciation for the value of sangha. It also has the power to show us our minds more keenly than at other times, particularly where we get stuck.
On the last day of Interdepedence Sesshin, Senior Monastic Gokan talks about the irritations that can arise, and do arise, in the container of a weeklong meditation intensive. Whether it’s an itch or a person triggering an habitual annoyance, where does it begin? And where exactly is the problem?

Pilgrim at Garuda Island

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ShoanDanica Shoan Ankele, Monastic

Zen Mountain Monastery, 07/26/2019

Flying garudas, tinkling bees and singing dakinis. Senior Monastic Shoan Ankele describes some of the practices taken up during the women’s wilderness retreat earlier this month. Seated on the banks of a sparkling Adirondack Lake, immanent details of the shoreline come into sharp focus. “Are we noticing this world?” Shoan asks. “When our mind quiets we can catch a glimpse. And the implications of a glimpse give us some sense of what’s possible. They reverberate.”

Mistakes in Practice, Practicing Mistakes

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Patrick Yunen Kelly, Senior Lay Student

Zen Mountain Monastery, 07/25/2019

 

Academic Study

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Patrick Yunen Kelly, Senior Lay Student

Zen Center of New York City, 07/21/2019

Please note the first few minutes of this audio are missing.

Factors of Awakening

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Bear Gokan Bonebakker, Senior Monastic

Zen Mountain Monastery, 7/14/2019

The Buddha’s early teachings in the sutras included mythical beings, the Nagas, as role models to help guide our practice into wholesome qualities and expansiveness. The Seven Factors of Awakening demonstrate these qualities of the Nagas, and as Gokan offers in this senior’s talk, and we can nourish ourselves with understanding the factors of mindfulness, investigation of dharmas, energy, rapture, calm, concentration and equanimity.

 

Minding the Gap

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Robert Rakusan Ricci, Senior Monastic

Zen Center of New York City, 7/14/2019

The Buddha taught to calm the agitations of the mind and so develop awareness and attention to the details of our lives, to mind the gaps and close the chasm between ignorance and our true nature, and all of reality. Using words of Master Dogen and the poet Leonard Cohen, senior monastic Rakusan brings us the ancient teachings into the light of our daily lives.

Illness and Medicine

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Prabu Gikon Vasan, Senior Lay Practitioner

Zen Mountain Monastery, 07/13/2019

What happens when someone on a spiritual path encounters difficulty, especially when the things that had maintained ones wellbeing are jeopardized or outright vanish? Turning to teachings of Zen Master Torei, senior lay student Gikon explores the wisdom of facing the conditions in our present reality, whatever it is, bringing all of our inner resources to light.

 

Working With The Hindrances

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Bear Gokan Bonebakker, Senior Monastic

Zen Center of New York City, 7/7/2019

 

In this talk, Senior Monastic Gokan explores some of the barriers along the Buddhist path and ways to work with them. He asks us to consider: What is a thought? Where does it come from, and what is it made of? When we release them, and what is it that’s left? How do we work skillfully with our minds and all that arises, both on and off the meditation cushion?

Where is the Other?

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Horace Kaishu Moody, Senior Lay Student

Zen Mountain Monastery, 06/28/2019 

Going in to the heart of the Bodhisattva precepts, this talk asks “what is other?” – much like we often ask in relationship with the world, “what is self?” How is this apparent self and other, in fact, not clearly separate at all? Sharing the grieving and remembrance of a cherished friend, or taking responsibility for our own thoughts and actions, can be inexplicable and wonderful when there is no separation of self and other.

Aging in the Now

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Rev. Trudi Jinpu Hirsch-Abramson

Zen Center of New York City, 6/23/2019

Rev. Jinpu offers her engaging stories about the practice of aging and living in the now. An ordained Buddhist priest and hospice chaplain, Jinpu has over twenty years of experience in practicing and teaching others to care for and celebrate all of life.