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The Mountains and Rivers Order (MRO) is a Western Zen Buddhist lineage established by the late John Daido Loori Roshi and dedicated to sharing the dharma as it has been passed down, generation to generation, since the time of Shakyamuni Buddha. Zen Mountain Monastery, the main house of the Mountains and Rivers Order, is one of the West’s most respected Zen Buddhist monasteries and training centers. Nestled in New York’s beautiful Catskill Mountains, the Monastery draws its strength from the ...
 
Talks, Teishos, and Teachings by Shinge Roko Sherry Chayat Roshi, Dokuro Osho Roland Jaeckel, senior students, and guest teachers of the Zen Studies Society. The Zen Studies Society is a Buddhist community dedicated to realizing and actualizing our true nature. Cultivating an atmosphere of respect, harmony, deep insight, and boundless compassion, we offer the simple yet profound teachings and practice of Zen Buddhism at our mountain monastery and our city temple under the auspices of ZSS. Th ...
 
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The following dharma talk was given by guest teacher Pema Khandro, following a retreat presented over Zoom in January 2021. Pema Khandro is a scholar and teacher of Tibetan Buddhism. She is the founder of the non-profit organization Ngakpa International and oversees its projects, the Dakini Mountain Retreat Center, the Buddhist Studies Institute an…
 
Tommy Smoot Zen Center of New York City, 10/29/2020 The Noble Path series offers personal accounts of MRO sangha members coming to practice and dives into their experiences walking the spiritual path. A diverse set of students and circumstances shows us the many unique ways we encounter and resonate with the Dharma. Yet, despite these differences, …
 
Zen Mountain Monastery, 1/17/2021 This week, the Monastery and MRO sangha honored the life and legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with a special Sunday service including generous offerings from teachers and students. The service concludes with a powerful reading and remembering of African-Americans killed in 2020. Shugen Roshi’s pre-recorded tal…
 
Sandy Joshin Del Valle Zen Center of New York City, 09/29/2020 The Noble Path series offers personal accounts of MRO sangha members coming to practice and dives into their experiences walking the spiritual path. A diverse set of students and circumstances shows us the many unique ways we encounter and resonate with the Dharma. Yet, despite these di…
 
Oliver Jay Hartman Zen Center of New York City, 10/01/2020 The Noble Path series offers personal accounts of MRO sangha members coming to practice and dives into their experiences walking the spiritual path. A diverse set of students and circumstances shows us the many unique ways we encounter and resonate with the Dharma. Yet, despite these differ…
 
Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi Zen Mountain Monastery, 1/17/2021 This week, the Monastery and MRO sangha honored the life and legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with a special Sunday service. We’ll be making Sunday’s Awakening Justice program available online next week. For now, you can view Shugen Roshi’s pre-recorded address for the occasion, o…
 
On Thursday evening, we tuned in to Brave Together. This conversation panel was moderated by MRO sangha member Tanya Bonner and featured author Pamela Ayo Yetunde, co-editor of Black and Buddhist, and MRO sangha members Degna Chikei Levister and Yama Faye. The four panelists took up questions related to how they encountered Buddhism and connected w…
 
Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi Zen Mountain Monastery, 12/31/2020 Zen Mountain Monastery guides us into the New Year 2021 with a Fusatsu, or renewal of vows ceremony, on New Year’s Eve. During which Shugen Roshi offers an empowering talk on the virtues of intention and vows. Pointing to the reality of intention: “the Buddha was enlightened to the pr…
 
Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi Zen Mountain Monastery, 12/30/2020 Book of Serenity, Case 3: “The Invitation of the Ancestor to Eastern India” “A raja invited the twenty-seventh Buddhist ancestor Prajnatara to a feast. The raja asked Prajnatara, “Why don’t you read scriptures?” The ancestor said, “This poor wayfarer doesn’t dwell in the realms of the…
 
Danica Shoan Ankele, Senior Monastic Zen Mountain Monastery, 12/29/2020 What is the method that allows us to be “brutally” honest with ourselves in zazen practice? How honest are we willing to be? Are we willing to encounter the confusion of not getting what we seek on our own terms? Asking the question: What is it that separates our deluded life f…
 
Ron Hogen Green, Sensei Broadcasted from Hogen Sensei’s home in Pennsylvania, 12/28/2020 Invoking the beloved Mountains and River Sutra Hogen Sensei quotes “These mountains and rivers of the present are the actualization of the word of the ancient Buddhas. Each, abiding in its own dharma state, completely fulfills its virtues. Because they are the …
 
Prabu Gikon Vasan, Senior Lay Practitioner Zen Mountain Monastery, 12/27/2020 Perhaps all of us can relate to the experience of being alone, when we hear a branch snapping, or leaves rustling, and we find ourselves full of fear and dread. Although sometimes it is appropriate to be alert and ready, how often are we just building up nightmares in our…
 
Dokuro Osho received Dharma Transmission from Shinge Roshi in 2017. In recognition of his continuing maturation and dedication to the ZSS during these past three years, Shinge Rōshi confirmed Chigan-kutsu Kyō-On Dokurō Rōshi as a Zen Master on November 29th, 2020.By The Zen Studies Society
 
Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi Zen Mountain Monastery, 11/22/2020 A question and answer session with Shugen Roshi, the residents of Zen Mountain Monastery, and the larger sangha, who participated via zoom. Shugen Roshi concludes his teachings from The Thirty Seven Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva, with verse 37: “To clear away the suffering o…
 
Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi Zen Mountain Monastery, 11/21/2020 Shugen Roshi continues his teachings from The Thirty Seven Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva, with verse 36: “In brief, wherever you are and whatever you do, Always examine the state of your mind. Cultivating mindfulness and awareness continuously, To benefit others is the pract…
 
Danica Shoan Ankele, Senior Monastic Zen Mountain Monastery, 11/20/2020 Senior monastic Shoan delivers an impassioned and intimately relatable teaching on our Ango theme of the Bodhisattva path. Speaking from a place of inspiring humility she dives into the predictable stumbling blocks on our path to liberation. At the core, we are often tripped up…
 
Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi Zen Mountain Monastery, 11/19/2020 Shugen Roshi continues his teachings from The Thirty Seven Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva, with verse 35: “When emotions become habitual, they are hard to get rid of with antidotes. Therefore, with mindfulness and vigilance, to seize the weapon of the antidote And crush attac…
 
Ron Hogen Green, Sensei Broadcasted from Hogen Sensei’s home in Pennsylvania, 11/18/2020 Case 47 from Dogen’s 300 koan Shobogenzo, Guishan’s “Do Not Betray Others”: One day after sitting Guishan pointed at the straw sandals and said to Yangshan, “All hours of the day, we receive people’s support. Don’t betray them.” Yangshan said, “Long ago in Suda…
 
Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi Zen Mountain Monastery, 11/15/2020 Shugen Roshi continues his teachings from The Thirty Seven Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva, with verse 33 and 34: “Offerings and respect may bring discord And cause listening, reflection, and meditation to decline. Therefore, to avoid attachment To the homes of friends and ben…
 
Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi Zen Mountain Monastery, 11/8/2020 Shugen Roshi continues his teachings from The Thirty Seven Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva, with verse 31 and 32: “If I do not examine my own defects, Though outwardly a Dharma practitioner, I may act contrary to the Dharma. Therefore, continuously to examine my own faults And …
 
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