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Beholding, Not Beholden

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Bear Gokan Bonebakker, Senior Monastic and Dharma Holder

Zen Mountain Monastery, Sunday 11/28/2021

From Bodhidharma’s “Breakthrough Sermon”

Drawing inspiration from Bodhidharma’s “Breakthrough Sermon”, Gokan encourages us to behold our mind; this is the essential practice of Zen. When we are not attentive, the thoughts we allow to develop in our mind separate us from this world. However, we can choose to not be swallowed by our thoughts; by giving our awareness to this moment.

 

Trust the Dharma

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Wednesday 11/17/2021

From Transmission of the Light, Case 28 – The 27th Indian Ancestor, Prajnatara

Of all the possible directions we can take, why does one person take a direction which is very different from everybody else’s path? How do we know if the path is true for us? Shugen Roshi reminds us that¬† when we encounter a teaching that we may or may not understand but have an affinity with, we should trust that affinity.

Bodhidharma’s Skin, Flesh, Bones & Marrow

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

True Dharma Eye, Case 201

Zen Mountain Monastery, 02/24/2019

In the case, four of Bodhidharma’s disciples express their understanding in their own ways, and each answer contains the teacher’s whole being. All perspectives necessary, and none superior nor inferior, this talk earnestly invites us to consider the case as related to the time and place of Bodhidharma’s teaching and successors, as well our own. Aspiring toward an enlightened society that extends beyond these lives in which we find ourselves currently practicing, how will we manifest Buddha, now and into the future?