Calling In The Ancestors

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Danica Shoan Ankele, Senior MonasticShoan

Zen Mountain Monastery, 11/15/18


In this talk, Shoan evokes the pervasive presence of the ancestors in our practice of zazen, oryoki, and liturgy. She cites the writings of women ancestors across space and time, speaking to the mystical truth-seeking heart of every religious tradition.

Margaret Gibson at the Buddhist Poetry Festival

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Margaret Gibson in conversation with Zuisei Goddard, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 7/6/2018

Over the course of four decades, Margaret Gibson has amassed a body of work as rich and varied as it is consistent in aspiration. One reads a poem by Margaret Gibson and comes away having shared in the yearning to see deeply, often exploring how seeing through another’s eyes can expand our sense of self. Continue reading “Margaret Gibson at the Buddhist Poetry Festival” »

video: Dongshan’s “No Grass”

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On Sunday, July 8, The Buddhist Poetry Festival at Zen Mountain Monastery concluded with a talk by Shugen Roshi. The koan case referenced in the talk is Dongshan’s “No Grass” from the Book of Serenity.

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