Ron Hogen Green

The Never Ending Wave

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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 5/19/2019

Book of Equanimity, Case 8

Riding the waves of life is not a problem, in fact it can be joyful, even with karma playing out as it will. Hogen Sensei explores the workings of karma as never the result of one single action but an interplay between choices and situations, some of which we can see and others that we cannot. Even an enlightened being, however, should not ignore cause and effect, and neither should we.

 

Vimalakirti’s Silence

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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, 5/5/2019

Blue Cliff Record, Case 84

Hogen Sensei takes up the koan on Vimalakirti’s silence to examine non-duality. When asked about non-duality, what did Vimalakirti say? What would you say? If you answer with silence, you’re missing it.

Dharma Encounter – Selfless Action

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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 4/28/2019

Dharma Encounter

Hogen Sensei explores the question of Wholesome and Unwholesome Action in this lively dharma encounter. Daily encounters present us with questions like: What is the right thing to do? What’s the intention and what karma am I creating? Or simply: where is the “me” in this?

 

Life and Death – Of Supreme Importance

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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 4/25/2019

True Dharma Eye, Case 29

How is it that we are living and dying in each moment? Hogen Sensei reminds us that turning away from death is turning away from life.

Embracing Joy and Suffering

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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, 4/21/2019

 

In the midst of the three celebrations for Passover, Easter and the Buddha’s Birthday, Hogen Sensei explores the non-dual nature of joy and suffering.

Precepts Mondo: Manifest Truth, Do Not Lie

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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, 4/18/2019

Precepts Mondo

Hogen Sensei explores the fourth precept on truthfulness, not lying. The Dharma is inexpressible; how can anyone speak a true word? The more the Buddha lies, the more he becomes Buddha. What does this mean for our lives?

There Is Nothing In The Three Worlds

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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, 4/14/2019

Blue Cliff Record, Case 37

Hogen Sensei takes up a koan where a teacher asks a student, “Where do you seek the mind?” Realizing that life and death is a vital matter, where do you begin and how do you continue to follow a spiritual practice which gives you nothing to hold on to?

Zazen Is Alive

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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, 4/13/2019

 

Hogen Sensei takes up the question of what is zazen. Why do we practice? What is practice, and what motivates us to practice? He points us to Zen Master Joshu’s reply: zazen is alive.

Fusatsu: Wholesome Action

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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, 4/11/2019

 

Hogen Sensei explores wholesome action as an action that come out of discrimination rooted in wholeness.

Practicing “Refrain From Unwholesome Actions”

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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 3/29/2019

 

Even in our ignorance of the impact we have on others, karma is created. Hogen Sensei explores how we can use dharma practice to investigate what it is to “just refrain from,” both wholesome and unwholesome activity, as Dogen describes in the fascicle being studied during this Ango.

Spring Ango Opening 2019 ZCNYC

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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, 3/10/2019

 

Hogen Sensei offers a talk introducing Dōgen’s fasicle “Refrain From Unwholesome Action”, and relates it to the issues of injustice we face as a society.

Basho’s Staff: Beyond Fear of Attachments

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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

Gateless Gate, Case 44

Zen Center of New York City, 3/3/2019

Hogen takes up the koan “If you have a staff, I will give one to you; if you don’t have a staff I will take it away” and connects this to the sangha’s “Beyond Fear of Differences Work”. The difficult work of moving beyond our attachments helps us see ourselves in everyone and everyone in ourselves. *We experienced technical difficulties and the recording is missing the first 5 seconds of the talk.

Shuzan And The Stick

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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

Gateless Gate, Case 43

Zen Center of New York City, 02/03/2019

Call it a stick, or don’t call a stick. – Speak! Speak! Hogen Sensei explores the interplay between the relative and absolute, suffering inherent in our attachment to the limited conceptions of our self and reality, and learning to trust the immediate completeness of our moment-to-moment experience.

Master Ma’s Permutations of Assertion and Denial

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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

Blue Cliff Record, Case #73

Zen Center of New York City, 1/20/2019

Hogen Sensei explores the difficulty of clarifying the dharma in language and describes the power of the koan tradition to express the inexpressible.

To The New Year

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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

 Zen Center of New York City, 1/13/2019

 

As we find ourselves in the new year, Hogen calls upon poet W. S. Merwin to investigate our asking ourselves the deeper questions. What does it mean to be still? What makes our practice real? How can we fully inhabit our own experience? How do we create a good day?

The Lankavatara Sutra

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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, 1/12/2019

 

In this talk, Hogen Sensei cites Leonard Cohen and Shantideva in discussing the six paramitas, the virtues cultivated by the aspiring bodhisattva.

One Continuous Mistake

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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

 Zen Center of New York City, 11/4/2018

 

Hogen Sensei teaches on impermanence , how nothing ever goes exactly according to plan, and how we must all  eventually face ourselves.

Kashyapa’s Flagpole

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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

The Gateless Gate, Case #22

 Zen Center of New York City, 11/3/2018

Mondo on the Jataka Tales: Hairy Kassapa

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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

 Zen Center of New York City, 10/31/2018

 

Hogen Sensei leads the last of three group study sessions on the Jataka Tales, legends about the previous lives of the Buddha found in the Pali Canon. Here he takes up the story of Kassapa, an ascetic whose almost abandons his commitment to non-harming in order to marry the king’s beautiful daughter, Candavati. The discussion focuses on gender, desire, objectification, and what it means to study texts from cultural contexts different than our own.

Fusatsu: On Taking the Precepts and Living the Precepts

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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

 Zen Center of New York City, 10/21/2018

 

In this talk, given on the occassion of a fusatsu ceremony, Hogen Sensei addresses the vows we renew, and what it means to take them up. The bodhisattva precepts, he points out, are at the heart of Zen practice and our common understanding of how to live an awakened life.