A New Year’s Invitation

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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 12/31/2018


This talk was given during our annual New Year’s Eve renewal of vows ceremony. In it, Hojin Sensei urges us to use this new beginning as a chance to recommit to our practice and our lives, courageously acknowledging both our greed, anger, and ignorance and our generosity, wisdom and compassion.

A Single Excellent Night

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Bear Gokan Bonebakker, Senior Monastic

Zen Mountain Monastery, 12/2/2018


Gokan uses an early teaching of the Buddha to speak about the role of the past in our practice and the need to see the way in which our past shapes our present while still being able to let that go and rest in this moment. We apologize that the first few minutes of this talk were not recorded.

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?

Chao-Chou Can’t Explain

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

The Blue Cliff Record, Case 58

 Zen Mountain Monastery, 10/07/2018

Shugen Roshi unfolds the appearance of division and its root, within us and our nation at this time.

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.