Other MRO Teachings

A Single Excellent Night

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Bear Gokan Bonebakker, Senior Monastic

Zen Mountain Monastery, 12/2/2018

 

Gokan uses an early teaching of the Buddha to speak about the role of the past in our practice and the need to see the way in which our past shapes our present while still being able to let that go and rest in this moment. We apologize that the first few minutes of this talk were not recorded.

The Practice of Giving Thanks

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Jeanne Seisen Lewis, Senior Lay Student

Zen Center of New York City, 11/25/2018

 

Seisen, a senior lay practitioner in the Mountains and Rivers Order, uses her own experience of practicing gratitude over the years to speak about how offering thanks inexhaustibly highlights the complete interdependence of all things.

 

 

Shuso Hossen Ceremony for Kerstin Seishin Maile

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Kerstin Seishin Maile, Senior Lay Student

The True Dharma Eye, Case #212

Zen Mountain Monastery, 11/18/2018

Seishin, a seasoned practitioner in the Mountains and Rivers Order, offers her first talk and engages the sangha in dharma encounter as part of her transition into the role of a senior student.  We apologize for the low quality of this recording.

No Time To Waste

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Prabu Gikon Vasan, Senior Lay Practitioner

Zen Center of New York City, 11/18/2018

 

Gikon uses the teachings of early Theravada nuns, in particular the experience of Kisa Gautami, to examine the meaning of true freedom, and relates their struggles our modern day experiences of meeting barriers and attachments.

Calling In The Ancestors

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Danica Shoan Ankele, Senior MonasticShoan

Zen Mountain Monastery, 11/15/18

 

In this talk, Shoan evokes the pervasive presence of the ancestors in our practice of zazen, oryoki, and liturgy. She cites the writings of women ancestors across space and time, speaking to the mystical truth-seeking heart of every religious tradition.

To Be Cultivated and Not To Be Cultivated

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Bear Gokan Bonebakker, Senior Monastic

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

 

Drawing on the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, Chan Master Sheng-Yen, and IMS Teacher Joseph Goldstein, Gokan offers insight into how we stop creating evil, practice good, and actualize good for others. How does zazen help us to do that, to stay in our own experience? And how do zazen and the precepts give each other life?

From the Archives: A Vow of Service

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Bernard Tetsugen Glassman, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 10/26/1991

 

This is an excerpt of a retreat given by Bernie Tetsugen Glassman at Zen Mountain Monastery on October 26. 1991. Bernie Roshi, who passed away this past Sunday, was Taizan Maezumi Roshi’s first dharma heir at Zen Center of Los Angeles and played a key role in John Daido Loori’s founding of Zen Mountain Monastery. Here he discusses how to help people while still empowering them and the role of social action in Buddhist practice.  Bernie, as he humbly preferred to be known, pioneered the concept of street retreats, bringing hundreds of people to live as and among the homeless in order to get a glimpse of their reality and thereby cultivate compassion for those that our society often overlooks. He also led many Bearing Witness retreats, a mainstay of the Zen Peacemakers Order, bringing groups to sites of historic genocide and practicing the three tenets of Zen Peacemakers: not knowing (including not setting an agenda for one’s experience), bearing witness (not turning away), and taking action (within the framework of the Buddhist precepts). To learn more about Bernie Roshi’s life and accomplishments, visit ZenPeacemakers.org and please consider offering your support to that wonderful organization.

Humility and Vulnerability

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YukonMichael Yukon Grody, Monastic

Zen Center of New York City, 10/28/2018

 

Body Wisdom: the Miracle of Aliveness

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Michael Chizen Brown, Senior Lay Practitioner

Zen Mountain Monastery, 10/25/2018

 

Chizen. a senior lay practitioner in the Mountains and Rivers Order, reminds us that we are neither separate from our own bodies nor from the great earth itself.

The Inner Tyrant

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Bear Gokan Bonebakker, Senior Monastic

Zen Mountain Monastery, 10/25/2018

 

“Take care of your mind”, Gokan urges in this talk, encouraging us to treat the voice of our insecurities with kindness.

Cynicism and Warmth

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Judy Lief

 Zen Mountain Monastery, 10/21/2018

 

Judy Lief, a teacher in the Shambhala lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, concludes a retreat on the lojong slogans by speaking about the importance of a tender heart in practice and in action.

This Ruined House

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Patrick Yunen Kelly

Zen Center of New York City, 10/7/2018

 

Truth and Anger: Practice in the Forest of Brambles

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ShoanDanica Shoan Ankele, Monastic

Zen Center of New York City, 9/30/2018

 

Like and Dislike

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Bear Gokan Bonebakker, Senior Monastic

Zen Center of New York City, 9/23/18

 

Mondo on Ango

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 Konjin Gaelyn Godwin, Roshi

Zen Center of New York City, 9/13/2018

Waters, Mountains, Buddha

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ShoanDanica Shoan Ankele, Monastic

Zen Mountain Monastery, 08/23/2018

 

Holding our Strong Emotions in a Tender Embrace

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Jeanne Seisen Lewis, Senior Lay Student

Zen Center of New York City, 08/19/2018

 

It Matters What You Do With Your Mind

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Bear Gokan Bonebakker, Senior Monastic

Zen Mountain Monastery, 8/12/2018

 

Why Do We Meditate?

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YukonMichael Yukon Grody, Monastic

Zen Center of New York City, 8/12/2018

 

Coming Into the Country

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ShoanDanica Shoan Ankele, Monastic

Zen Mountain Monastery, 07/27/2018

Opening Our Eyes to Ordinary Life

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Susan Seien Wilder, Lay Senior

Zen Mountain Monastery, 7/26/2018

Samsara Can Always Be Practiced

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Jeanne Seisen Lewis, Senior Lay Student

Zen Center of New York City, 07/08/2018

 

The Lifeline of Zazen

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ShoanDanica Shoan Ankele, Monastic

Zen Center of New York City, 07/01/2018

To See Takes Time

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Bear Gokan Bonebakker, Senior Monastic

Zen Center of New York City, 6/24/2018

 

Seeing and Silence

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Bear Gokan Bonebakker, Senior Monastic

Zen Center of New York City, 6/21/2018

 

Shuso Hossen Ceremony

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Robert Rakusan Moshin Ricci, Monastic

Zen Mountain Monastery, 05/27/2018

From The True Dharma Eye: Master Dogen’s Collection of Three Hundred Koans, Case 169: Mahakasyapa and the Flagpole

Friendship

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YukonMichael Yukon Grody, Monastic

Zen Center of New York City, 5/27/2018

 

Our Current Societal Challenges

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Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi

This is a follow up on Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi’s retreat on Social and Communal Harmony

Zen Mountain Monastery, 5/20/2018

Into the Deep

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ShoanDanica Shoan Ankele, Monastic

Zen Center of New York City, 04/29/2018

Swimming in the Sea of Samsara

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Michelle Seigei Spark, Lay Senior

Zen Mountain Monastery, 04/26/2018

Taking Care of Delusions

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Bear Gokan Bonebakker, Senior Monastic

Zen Center of New York City, 4/22/2018

Taking a Leap

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Bear Gokan Bonebakker, Senior Monastic

Zen Mountain Monastery, 4/1/2018

What is a Feeling?

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ShoanDanica Shoan Ankele, Monastic

Zen Mountain Monastery, 3/29/2018

No Path, No Wisdom, No Gain

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Chris Yudo Abraham, Lay Senior

Zen Center of New York City 2/18/2018

Indra’s Net

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Prabu Gikon Vasan, Lay Senior

Zen Center of New York City 2/4/2018

Blundering

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YukonMichael Yukon Grody, Monastic

Zen Center of New York City, 1/28/2018

The Four Thoughts that Transform the Mind

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Susan Seien Wilder, Lay Senior

Zen Mountain Monastery, 1/25/2018

Your Mind is All Stories

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Bear Gokan Bonebakker, Senior Monastic

Zen Mountain Monastery, 1/21/2018

On Death and Dying

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Rev. Trudi Jinpu Hirsch-Abramson

Zen Mountain Monastery, 1/14/2018

Making Friends with Mara

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Bear Gokan Bonebakker, Senior Monastic

Zen Center of New York City, 1/7/2018