Vanessa Zuisei Goddard

Not Leaving the Monastery

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Vanessa Zuisei Goddard, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 12/29/2018

 

“What I saw or heard or felt came not but from myself — and there I found myself more truly and more strange.” Zuisei Sensei speaks from the heart about her own spiritual journey and her ongoing commitment to practice as she steps further into lay life.

Dharma Encounter on Bowing

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Vanessa Zuisei Goddard, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 10/28/2018

 

Bowing before a teacher, an image, a sacred space, or a fellow practitioner, are inseparable acts of Buddhist practice. But what does it mean to bow? And is it the same as bowing to an adversary? A mountain? A meal? In this dharma encounter, Zuisei Sensei asks Ango participants to step forward and present their understanding or their questions about bowing. As you’ll hear, many of the exchanges are illuminating and might even challenge your own notions about faith, identification, and gratitude.

Mondo on the Jataka Tales

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Vanessa Zuisei Goddard, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 10/17/2018

 

Zuisei Sensei leads an in-depth examination of selected Jataka Tales, stories of the Buddha’s previous lives. The discussion touches on the role of female characters, the workings of karma, and the power of religious narrative.

Dare To Ask: Zhao-Zhou Saw Through The Old Woman

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Vanessa Zuisei Goddard, Sensei

The Gateless Gate, Case #31

Zen Mountain Monastery, 10/14/2018

“Better to fall than to stand still with weeds growing around our feet.” Zuisei Sensei urges us to ask true, deeply felt questions with courage, honesty, and faith.

Sacred Space

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Zuisei Goddard, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 10/12/2018

 

In this talk, given during a renewal of vows ceremony, Zuisei Sensei speaks of the fierce tenderness required to create a sacred space that will hold our practice, our atonement, and our vows.

The Great Love of Buddhas and Ancestors

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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Vanessa Zuisei Goddard, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery 9/16/2018

At the conclusion to this year’s Wild Grasses Sesshin, a meditation intensive for those who identify as women, Hojin Sensei and Zuisei Sensei investigate the roles we assign our ancestors, both personal and spiritual. Are we making the best use of them? Are they making the best use of us?

Prajna Paramita

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Zuisei Goddard, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 09/14/2018

 

What does it mean to cultivate selflessness and, when needed, to embody self fully, in this female form? Zuisei Sensei invokes a few of our women ancestors and contemporaries, including Otagaki Rengetsu, Reverend Angel Kyodo Williams, Hojin Sensei, and her own experiences in light of this question.

Mysticism

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Zuisei Goddard, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 08/25/2018

Drawing on her time at a mountain lake, Zuisei Sensei talks about that which is beyond ordinary knowing and must be known intimately. As she puts it, devoting our full attention to an object — the breath, a koan — can be an act of love. Zazen itself is that act of love, an act rewarded in ways we cannot predict.

Mind at Ease- Part II

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Zuisei Goddard, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, 8/5/2018

 

Mind at Ease- Part I

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Zuisei Goddard, Sensei

Zen Centre of New York City, 8/4/2018

 

Great Determination

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Zuisei Goddard, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 7/28/2018

 

Great Doubt

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Zuisei Goddard, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 7/15/2018

 

Great Faith

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Vanessa Zuisei Goddard, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 6/23/2018

 

Two Monks Roll Up the Blinds

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Vanessa Zuisei Goddard, Sensei

The Gateless Gate, Case 26

Zen Mountain Monastery, 5/25/2018

Studying the Way Through the Body

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Vanessa Zuisei Goddard, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 4/27/2018

Meeting a Person of the Way

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Vanessa Zuisei Goddard, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 4/22/2018

Gateless Gate, case 36

Private: Silence and the Spiritual Path (afternoon)

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A Retreat given by Vanessa Zuisei Goddard, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 4/21/2018

Private: Silence and the Spiritual Path (morning)

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A Retreat given by Vanessa Zuisei Goddard, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 4/21/2018

Zuisei Sensei’s Dharma Transmission

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi & Vanessa Zuisei Goddard, Sensei  

Zen Mountain Monastery, 4/8/2018

After No Comes Yes

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Vanessa Zuisei Goddard, Dharma Holder

Zen Mountain Monastery, 3/30/2018