Master Dongshan Is Unwell

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi   

The Book Of Equanimity, Case #94

Zen Mountain Monastery, 12/16/2018

Until the end of his life, the Buddha continued to encounter Mara, the insidious voice which tries to undermine the faith of the practitioner. Here, Shugen Roshi speaks of the need to continually meet Mara’s voice with tenderness and courage, emphasizing that no length of practice or depth of realization silences Mara – nor should it.

Ever Intimate With Thinking

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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 11/16/2018


“We bow in deep respect to Prajna Paramita, mother of all Buddhas. She illuminates our delusion and dispels all fear.” Hojin Sensei uses this line from the daily liturgy to urge us to “entertain our delusions as guests,” learning to regard what may seem like a hindrance as the very means of our awakening.

Prajna Paramita

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Zuisei Goddard, Sensei

Zen Mountain Monastery, 09/14/2018


What does it mean to cultivate selflessness and, when needed, to embody self fully, in this female form? Zuisei Sensei invokes a few of our women ancestors and contemporaries, including Otagaki Rengetsu, Reverend Angel Kyodo Williams, Hojin Sensei, and her own experiences in light of this question.