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The Sisters of Mercy

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The Sisters of Mercy
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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 05/22/2022

What is true compassion and how do we develop it? If Buddhist teachings say a compassionate heart is our birthright, what must we do to reveal it? With Leonard Cohen’s song Sisters of Mercy as a muse, Hogen Sensei explores the nature of compassion, its relationship to wisdom and loving-kindness, and the vital role our own suffering plays.

 

Realizing NO so we can Live YES

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Realizing NO so we can Live YES
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 05/15/2022

From the Book of Serenity, Case 18 – Zhaozhou’s Dog

If buddha nature is ineffable, if it has no characteristics, then how do we turn towards it? We want to direct our attention towards it so we can examine it and realize it. But it doesn’t exist. It doesn’t have a form. So how do we study that which is our true self, our true nature? Shugen Roshi takes up these questions using the well known koan “Does a dog have buddha nature?”

 

Being Divided; Being Whole

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Being Divided; Being Whole
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 05/08/2022

From Master Wu-men’s Gateless Gate, Case 35 – Ch’ien and Her Soul Are Separated

How do we remain undivided amidst the divisive forces within and around us? And where can we truly go to seek wholeness in our lives? In this talk, Shugen Roshi explores the experience of division and wholeness, and how Zen practice brings us closer to the heart of the matter.

 

Living as the Dragon

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Living as the Dragon
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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, Fire Lotus Temple, Sunday 05/08/2022

How do we practice fearlessness in the midst of fear? In this talk, Hojin Sensei invokes the dragon – a being that is often referenced in the Zen tradition as an embodiment of our enlightened nature. It is through turning around and facing the dragon with direct, kind awareness, she says, that we develop our capacity for fearlessness.

 

Dharma Encounter: How Do We Know This Practice Works?

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Dharma Encounter: How Do We Know This Practice Works?
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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 05/01/2022

This Dharma Encounter with Hojin Sensei took place at the conclusion of the Apple Blossom Sesshin. What are our reasons for coming to the Dharma? Is our practice helping to answer those questions? And how do we know that our practice is working? Hojin Sensei takes these questions up with Ango participants in a lively discussion.

 

Medicine and Sickness Heal Each Other

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Medicine and Sickness Heal Each Other
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Saturday 04/30/2022

From The Blue Cliff Record, Case 87 – Medicine and Disease Subdue Each Other

Why do certain afflictions arise for us? Are we simply victims of our karma, of causes and conditions? Or might our hardships be helping us cultivate something that we need? In this talk, Shugen Roshi illuminates how it is through our suffering that we find our path to liberation and that our teachers are often closer than we think.

 

Fusatsu: The Three Pure Precepts

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Fusatsu: The Three Pure Precepts
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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Friday Evening 04/29/2022

Dharma Talk during the Apple Blossom Sesshin 2022 Fusatsu Ceremony

Not Creating Evil, Practicing Good, and Actualizing Good For Others — these are The Three Pure Bodhisattva Precepts. But what does it mean to truly take up these vows in our own lives? In this talk, Hojin Sensei explores the meaning of each precept and how they can guide us in our practice.

Lotus in the Fire

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Lotus in the Fire
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Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Thursday 04/28/2022

The Buddha pointed to our desires as the origin of our suffering. But how do we understand desire? Does having wants guarantee us pain? In this talk, Hogen Sensei discusses the nature of desire and investigates the difference between having attachments and liking certain things. How can we determine if we are bound by desire? And how do we hold the things in life we do like?

 

Alive in Silence

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Alive in Silence
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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Wednesday 04/27/2022

Why are we drawn to a retreat where silence is practiced? And why did the Buddha refer to this practice as “Noble Silence”? In this talk, Hojin Sensei opens the April Apple Blossom Sesshin by inquiring into the first sesshin precaution–to maintain inner and outer silence–and explores what silence and stillness have to offer us.

The Great Bodhisattva Vows

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The Great Bodhisattva Vows
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 04/24/2022

Why are the Bodhisattva Vows so important in Buddhist Practice? Where do they come from and why are they these particular four–to save all sentient beings, to put an end to desires, to master the dharma, and to attain the Buddha Way? In this talk, Shugen Roshi explores the meaning of each vow and illustrates what they can teach us about our true nature.