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You Have It Too

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
You Have It Too
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 03/13/2022

From Master Wu-men’s Gateless Gate, Case 26 – Two Monastics Roll Up the Bamboo Blinds

How do our projections affect our understanding of ourselves and the world around us? And how can we more clearly see these projections and the ways they cloud us from our own wisdom and Buddha Nature? In this talk, Shugen Roshi illustrates the reason we practice zazen remaining where we are, as well as the relationship between doubt, faith, and perseverance as we practice over time.

 

“Faith In Buddha Nature” – Spring 2022 Ango Opening Talk

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
"Faith In Buddha Nature" - Spring 2022 Ango Opening Talk
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 03/06/2022

Shugen Roshi introduces the theme of our 90-day Spring ango intensive training period, Faith in Buddha Nature. If you’d like to learn more about our Ango program and possibly participate, please click here: https://zmm.org/teachings-and-training/ango/

 

 

The Great Way Has No Side Roads

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Great Way Has No Side Roads
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Saturday 03/05/2022

From Master Dogen’s 300 Koan Shobogenzo (True Dharma Eye), Case 10 – Qingyuan’s “Come Closer”

How do we walk the Path amidst our perceived distractions and obstructions? In this talk, Shugen Roshi explores the power of trust, and its relationship to vulnerability and intimacy. How do we trust in the Dharma? And ultimately, how do we trust ourselves?

Stop, A Prayer for Peace in a Time of War

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Stop, A Prayer for Peace in a Time of War
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 02/27/2022

From Master Dogen’s 300 Koan Shobogenzo (True Dharma Eye), Case 265 – Shuilao’s Enlightenment

In Buddhist practice and particularly Zen, there is a great emphasis on the power of words. Words can be both destructive or generative, can create war and can bring about peace. How do we understand the karma of our words and the actions they beget? To do so, Roshi explores the radical practice of stopping, noticing, and taking responsibility. Note: this talk begins with a prayer from Shugen Roshi for the people of Ukraine and the recent attack on their country, also published in Tricycle: The Buddhist Review online.

 

Sacred Ceremony, Mystic Beings

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Sacred Ceremony, Mystic Beings
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Danica Shoan Ankele, Senior Monastic and Dharma Holder

Zen Mountain Monastery, Friday 02/25/2022

In Zen practice we have many sacred containers of ceremony–liturgy, rituals, sesshins, and koans—into which we enter. And yet, why is it that we practice this ancient mystical tradition? For stress reduction, or to wake up to life’s mystery and be free? In this talk, monastic Shoan explores this wisdom tradition with readings from Zenju Manuel’s “The Shamanic Bones of Zen.” When we enter ceremony, we can begin to see for ourselves that there is no separation between ourselves and the mystical.

Ask the Pillar

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Ask the Pillar
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Wednesday 02/23/2022

From Master Dogen’s 300 Koan Shobogenzo (True Dharma Eye), Case 41 – Shitou’s “Ask the Pillar”

A student asked Master Shitou, “What is the meaning of Bodhidharma coming from the west?” Shitou said, “Ask the pillar.” The student said, “I don’t understand it.” Shitou said, “I don’t understand it either.”

The Buddhist path is based in inquiry. This asks that we abandon our formulas and perspectives, and inquire deeply from within our own body and mind. We practice not only letting go of attachments and dualities of right and wrong, but also of “knowing,” releasing the need for ready answers. Every day and every moment is alive–an aliveness that is not based on a fixed meaning—but is reality itself.

Noble and Sublime Joy

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Noble and Sublime Joy
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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 02/20/2022

What is sympathetic joy? Hojin Sensei explores one of the Four Immeasurables. In bringing our attention to the delights in our life, we can experience joy for ourselves and others even in the midst of suffering. Sympathetic joy, or Mudita in Sanskrit, is a natural state of our minds, yet often it takes a practice of cultivation to rediscover it.
Hojin Sensei quotes from the teachings of Venerable Nyanaponika Thera and HH Dalai Lama, and from the poet Ross Gay.

Why Do We Keep Doing the Things that Cause Us Suffering?

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Why Do We Keep Doing the Things that Cause Us Suffering?
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Bear Gokan Bonebakker, Senior Monastic and Dharma Holder

Zen Mountain Monastery, Sunday 02/13/2022

With the teachings of Shantideva and the Paramita of Patience, Gokan offers us guidance to stay with our difficult experiences so we can better understand where our suffering arises. While uncomfortable, it is in these challenging times that we can cultivate and discover a peace and joy that is not dependent on anything, and find the path to all that we are.

 

To Be Fully Alive While Living

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
To Be Fully Alive While Living
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 02/06/2022

From Master Wu-men’s Gateless Gate, Case 13 – Deshan Carries His Bowls

How do we create our own distractedness? And how do we get caught up in our flurry of concepts? It’s not conceptual thinking itself that is the problem. Shugen Roshi offers that by taking the seat of no evasion, turning our attention inwards, we can witness how “what we think we know” impedes our experience of our lives as they are, full and complete.

It’s Just This: Jewel Mirror Samadhi, Part V

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
It's Just This: Jewel Mirror Samadhi, Part V
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 01/30/2022

From Dongshan’s “Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi”

The conclusion of a series on Master Dongshan’s poem, this talk looks at the dynamic relationship you have—as the practitioner—with the ancient sages, and with all phenomenal world of reality and within its absolute unity. How do we listen, and truly hear this ancient song?