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.

It’s Not Like Something

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

The True Dharma Eye, Case #101

Zen Mountain Monastery, 11/17/2018

In this talk, Shugen Roshi takes up the lines central to our Ango study of Buddha ancestors: “I am like this. You are like this. All the ancestors in India were like this.” Through the lens of Master Dongshan’s Five Ranks, he speaks of the importance of practicing, actualizing and transmitting that which is always present and cannot be taught.

Shakyamuni’s Flower

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

The True Dharma Eye, Case #253

Zen Mountain Monastery, 11/4/2018


Buddha as Robber, Teacher as Thief: Mondo on the Jataka Tales

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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

 Zen Center of New York City, 10/18/2018


In the second of three sessions looking at the Jataka Tales, Hogen Sensei leads a group study of one of the Buddha’s past lives in which, oddly enough, he was the leader of a gang. What can learn from this tale about our own choices in life? What can we learn about the long road of karma?

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.

Mondo on Buddha Ancestors

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 10/4/2018


Shugen Roshi leads a discussion of the recorded lives and past lives of the Buddha’s first disciples, touching on the nature of religious narrative, Buddhist philosophies of karma and rebirth, and the importance of studying the ancestors.

Unfortunately, a few minutes of this talk could not be recorded due to technical difficulties.