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The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Jan 14, 2021
Noble Path Talk – Yunen Kelly
Play • 23 min
Patrick Yunen Kelly, Senior Lay Student Zen Center of New York City, 01/14/2021 The Noble...
More episodes from The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Jun 6, 2021
Monastic Ordination for Yusen Taikyo Gilman and Josen Hokyu Aronson
Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi - Zen Mountain Monastery, 6/6/2021 - Today the Monastery held the first double monastic ordination in our 40+ year history. Shugen Roshi officiated this shukke tokudo ceremony for Suzanne Taikyo Gilman and Hokyu JL Aronson. Tokudo marks the formal taking of monastic vows and, in our tradition, expresses a lifetime commitment to the Monastery. Taikyo was given the monastic name Yusen, meaning River of Courage, and Hokyu was given the monastic name Josen, which Shugen Roshi translated as Humble Mystic.
1 hr 13 min
May 30, 2021
Shuso Hossen: Linda Shinji Hoffman
Linda Shinji Hoffman, Senior Lay Student - Zen Mountain Monastery, 05/30/2021 - True Dharma Eye, case #199 - Dongshan's Essential Path - On May 30th, we concluded our Spring 90-day ango training period with this Shuso Hossen ceremony. Shuso Hossen means "chief disciple (or, literally, 'head seat') dharma encounter." It is a centuries-old tradition that empowers a Zen student to represent the teachings and help guide other students in their own cultivation. In this case, Linda Shinji Hoffman completed her training in this role by offering her first public talk to the sangha in which she presented her understanding of a koan from the collection found in the teachings of Eihei Dogen.
May 29, 2021
Here, There’s More For Us To Learn
Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi - Zen Mountain Monastery, 05/29/2021 - Gateless Gate, Case 48 - Ch'ien-feng's "One Way" - How do we harmonize inner and outer and learn to understand the expression of dualities? As there will always be more for us to learn, how can we go forth knowing that at each stage of our life we are functioning within a degree of ignorance and blindness? Master Ch'ien-feng's answer is: “With humility”. The mind of the person on the way gets transformed from samsaric hunger to the appetite of a seeker. Shugen Roshi suggests that we can delight in our hunger to know more rather than be distressed by our ignorance. This is not an egotistic process however; we should remember that our seeking must be for everyone.