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Healing and Awakening

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Healing and Awakening






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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 11/27/2022

Beginning with the poem “In Between Your Eyebrows” by Nelly Sachs, Shugen Roshi talks about healing and awakening, the self and mind, giving and receiving; experiencing their equivalence and realizing that we’re dwelling in Buddha Nature.

 

Miraculous Powers

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Miraculous Powers






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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, Fire Lotus Temple, Sunday 11/13/2022

From The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women – “The Old Woman’s Miraculous Powers.”

How do we view the ordinary acts of our lives? Hojin Sensei examines the ways in which we split our lives into “important” and “unimportant,” and the implications of that view. She reminds us of our capacity for wonder, which does not depend on conditions.

Becoming Clear

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Becoming Clear






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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Saturday 11/19/2022

From the Koans of the Way of Reality – Dongshan’s “How Dirty is the Water”

In the midst of what we think we know, we can be fooled into believing we’re seeing clearly. How can we see into our implicit biases, our dualistic, judgmental tendencies and discover a place of equanimity?

 

Fusatsu: The Spirit of Atonement

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Fusatsu: The Spirit of Atonement






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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Friday Evening 11/18/2022

Teisho during the Shuso Hossen Sesshin Fusatsu Ceremony

Shugen Roshi talks about the spirit of atonement, and how the grave precepts and the the paramitas, taken to heart, intricately guide us on the Bodhisattva path.

 

Who Is The Other?

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Who Is The Other?






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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Thursday 11/17/22

Mumonkan (Gateless Gate)  Case 45 – Wu-tsu: “Who Is That Other?”

“Who am I?” and “Who is the Other?” These questions continuously show up in our lives. How do we live them, live with them? Hogen Sensei encourages us to keep them present and open, and alive.

 

Time Present

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Time Present






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Linda Shinji Hoffman, Senior Lay Student

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Wednesday 11/16/2022

Lay senior student Shinji Hoffman shares the poetry of T.S.Elliot and 13th Century Chinese Zen Master Wu-Men, and the practices of 14th century European farmers and other stories looking at the ways in which we think of and perceive, hold and use time and its many facets.

 

Jukai Ceremony, Fall Ango 2022

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Jukai Ceremony, Fall Ango 2022






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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 11/13/2022

Shugen Roshi officiates the Fall 2022 Ango Jukai ceremony at Zen Mountain Monastery. Today, five students – Hogetsu, Shinrin, Sonju, Jiko, & Chian – formally receive the sixteen Buddhist precepts, taking up these living teachings, living vows in the company of the sangha with family and friends.

Stephanos Hogetsu Koullias (“Liberated Moon”)
Walter Shinrin Burton (“Facing Truth / Facing Reality”)
Tasha Sonju Ortlof (“Reverent Pearl”)
Jesse Jiko Caudill (“Compassionate Peace”)
Weston Chian Minissali (“Peaceful Ground”)

 

 

Practicing Real Life

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Practicing Real Life






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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 11/06/2022

From the Book of Serenity, Case 53 – Huangbo’s “Dreg-slurpers”

The Buddha said we all have Buddha Nature; we all have an already completely present and perfect enlightened mind, an enlightened nature. Shugen Roshi talks about spiritual practice, the “path of non-attachment” and its meaning in the context of the world in which we live wherein there is such a strong inclination to go against that.

Dharma Encounter: Clear All The Way Through

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Dharma Encounter: Clear All The Way Through






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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 10/30/2022

Dharma Encounter at the Conclusion of the 2022 Harvest Sesshin

In the midst of our delusions, attachments, false views, deep habit patterns, we endeavor to live a life of alleviating suffering, not adding more pain and confusion, wanting to be clear in our actions, wanting to feel that we’re doing the right thing… So how can we be confident about that? And what is that confidence; is it trustworthy? How do we practice an enlightening path from within the place where we are? Shugen Roshi takes up these questions with Ango participants in a heartfelt discussion.

 

What Do We Not Know

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
What Do We Not Know






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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Saturday 10/29/2022

From The True Dharma Eye, Case 247 – Ruiyan Calls “Master!”

How do we experience this “all inclusive world”? It’s our basic situation; this intimacy that all sentient beings share. But it’s hard to have faith in that and we can knot ourselves up and stay in the confines of what we think we know. Shugen Roshi reminds us to ask “What is this”, not “Why is this”, and to ask “What do we not know.”