Guishan’s Active Consiousness

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 6/26/2019

Book of Serenity, Case 37

Citing Dogen’s fascicle on Thusness and passages from the Lankavatara Sutra, Shugen Roshi explores being true to oneself and true to the dharma in sacred mountain training. The question for practitioners is: what is it to whole-heartedly live, and how do we take that up in each moment? This encounter between Guishan and Yangshan is one of many koans using a call and response to explore the deeper intimacy between teacher and student and within the student’s own mind of inquiry. 

Fusatsu: April 2019 ZMM

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 4/04/2019  


The second Fusatsu talk of the Spring Ango on Dogen’s fascicle “Refrain from Unwholesome Action.”  

Cultivating Reverence

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Bear Gokan Bonebakker, Senior Monastic

Zen Center of New York City, 3/31/2019


Gokan takes up Dogen’s opening lines of the Ango fascicle, “Refrain from Unwholesome Action,” and asks what is refrain from? Gokan suggests we cultivate reverence.

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.

Keeping Still to Move

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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, 03/24/2019


Hojin Sensei brings up the poet Pablo Neruda through the lens of Dogen’s writings on Uji, being time, and on Refraining from Unwholesome Actions, the fascicle being studied this Ango. Hojin reminds us of Dogen’s perspective—time is not merely “flying,” but every moment we are being-time.

Fusatsu: Refrain From Unwholesome Action

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 3/14/2019


This Fusatsu talk invites us to reflect deeply on Dōgen’s teaching from the Spring Ango study fascicle: “Refrain from unwholesome action. Do wholesome action. Purify your own mind. This is the teaching of all buddhas.” Shugen Roshi explores how all actions (positive, negative, and neutral) are unborn, undefiled, and are reality manifest in various ways. Study of our thoughts, words, and actions with an undivided heart offers insight to understanding intentions, desires, and karma. Refraining from unwholesome action is how is “the power of practice immediately actualized” which Dōgen describes.

The Way is Originally Perfect and All-Pervading

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

from Fukanzazengi, Master Dogen

Zen Mountain Monastery, 01/23/2019

Expounding the opening of Master Dogen’s Fukanzazengi, this talk encourages our trust in experience as practitioners of each moment, as it is — itself a manifestation of Buddha nature pervading the whole universe, existing here and now.