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Making Contact

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Saturday 10/01/2022

From the True Dharma Eye, Case 148 – Dongshan’s “Teachings of the Insentient”

“When we don’t hear the teachings of the insentient the world beyond ourselves can seem dead, inert, and uninteresting. Maybe that’s why we have to keep turning up the volume. And having more and more. And now let’s create worlds that don’t even exist and live in them. What kind of dangerous is this?”

“When we don’t have such moments that reveal to us, that peel back the curtain a little bit and show us there is more right here right now in the most unexpected of places. Of course we expect it in the mountains and beautiful places, but as Donghan said, it’s ceaselessly expounded. Radiantly.”

“And so we stop and turn the light around. And look deeply. And make contact. And make contact…”

The Vast Field of Wholeness

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Vast Field of Wholeness
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Danica Shoan Ankele, Senior Monastic and Dharma Holder

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Friday 09/30/2022

Recognizing our afflictions, our kleshas (states of mind such as anxiety, fear, anger, jealousy, desire, depression, etc…) Can we appreciate them? How can we use them? Can we get close up and allow ourselves to be vulnerable? Shoan reflects on this “Gate of Vulnerability.” Without our own share of difficulty and pain, would we be embarking on a path of waking up? That’s why the human realm is considered so auspicious, because if you’re born in the god realm, life is so good you don’t do anything to actually liberate yourself. As Thich Nhat Hanh said: “No mud, no lotus.”

 

Fusatsu: The Boundless Body of Peace is You

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Fusatsu: The Boundless Body of Peace is You
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Thursday Evening 09/29/2022

Dharma Talk during the Mountains and Rivers Sesshin Fusatsu Ceremony

Buddhism speaks of the “Bodies of the Buddha.” For instance, Master Dogen, in his Fascicle The Moon, speaks of the Boundless Body and the Buddha Body. Shugen Roshi reflects on how the Fusatsu ceremony invokes these bodies, and how, when we are practicing the dharma, they begin to appear from within our own vows, out of our selflessness… “So we return to these vows, these precepts. We reflect, we invoke the names of the Buddha, the four vows, the three treasures… to remember again, and align ourselves with what is important… it is not a rule, it is not a creed, it’s not even Buddhism, not at it’s heart… but you could say it’s you.”

 

Ceaseless Becoming

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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Ceaseless Becoming
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Ely Seiryu Rayek, Senior Lay Student

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Wednesday 09/28/2022

Seiryu offers his understanding of the dharma of everyday life, dependent co-origination; the practical reality of ceaseless becoming.

 

Constantly Impermanent

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Constantly Impermanent
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 09/25/2022

From the Book of Serenity, Case 75 – Ruiyan’s “Constant Principle”

We might normally think we understand that nothing lasts, everything is impermanent, yet we suffer from our misunderstanding of this all the time, for instance when something happens and we react thinking oh, this is forever, this is the way it’s going to be from now on, I am this, I am that,…. This is why it’s so important to deeply study our suffering; not just know that we suffer, but to deeply study the intricate details of how we suffer.

 

 

Beginner’s Mind

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Beginner's Mind
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Chris Yudo Abraham, Senior Lay Student

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday  09/18/2022

From Shunryu Suzuki: “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind”

What is beginner’s mind? Where is beginner’s mind? Yudo describes his path in zen practice as one of appreciating Beginner’s Mind and the constant returning to Zazen as the heart of it.

 

 

The Far-off Moon

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The Far-off Moon
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Patrick Yunen Kelly, Senior Lay Student

Zen Center of New York City, Fire Lotus Temple, Sunday 09/18/2022

Yunen offers insight into the thusness of negative experiences and emotions. He explores what comes when we allow sad to just be sad, tribulations to simply be tribulations.

Dwelling Together, Intermingling, Without Hindrance

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Dwelling Together, Intermingling, Without Hindrance
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 09/11/2022

From The Blue Cliff Record, Case 35 – The Dialog of Manjusri and Wu Cho

“In the first moment of contact, what we see, what we hear, is not obscured. Sound and form are purely real, they are just as they are, they are not anything other. But our mind, in an instant, before we know it, without our seeing it, floods that image or that sound or that taste, or touch, with all of our mind’s karmic burden. All our perceptions, our views, our beliefs, our memories, and so on. While our senses simply perceive things, non-obscured, our mind then begins to in a flash obscures and gives meaning, which is taught. Everything in society teaches us what those things mean. All of those ways we separate and exclude and include and create conflict and wealth and poverty, the whole mass of suffering.

“To be able to separate the profound from the naive, to distinguish a jewel from a stone, is actually necessary. If we can’t discern within our own practice of what is practice according to the dharma and what is not, what is a serving or habitual desire, and what is an impulse or sense of a direction that we can trust, it’s going to be very difficult to practice. So we need to learn how to distinguish. But to do so without malice, without ill will. With clarity. And without infusing a sense of absolute truth into those things that we are discerning.”

“Moon Thusness” – Fall 2022 Ango Opening Talk

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"Moon Thusness" - Fall 2022 Ango Opening Talk
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 09/04/2022

Shugen Roshi introduces the theme of our 90-day Fall Ango Intensive training period, “Moon Thusness.” If you’d like to learn more about our Ango program and possibly participate, please click here: https://zmm.org/teachings-and-training/ango/

 

Peaceful Dwelling – Fall 2022 Ango Opening at Fire Lotus Temple

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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, Fire Lotus Temple, Sunday 09/04/2022

Hojin Sensei offers opening reflections on the Fall 2022 Ango training period, introducing the primary texts that training students will be working with as well as the themes of art practice, nature contemplation, and Dogen’s Fascicle “The Moon.”