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 ancient tradition of Buddhist monasticism. Since 1980, the Monastery has offered spiritual practitioners traditional and innovative ways to engage the dharma through a wide range of retreats and residential programs that unfold within the context of authentic, full-time Zen monastic training. The Zen Center of New York City: Fire Lotus Temple is the city branch of Zen Mountain Monastery. Supporting home practitioners in the metropolitan area, ZCNYC offers varied practice opportunities within the Eight Gates training matrix.
Shugen Roshi with Dr. Philip Ninan
A live conversation between Shugen Arnold, Roshi, abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery, and Buddhist neuroscientist Dr. Phillip Ninan. The two tackle a number of tricky questions where the findings of science, the teachings of the Buddha, and the practice of meditation all intersect to better illuminate one another.
Danica Shoan Ankele, Senior Monastic and Dharma Holder - Zen Mountain Monastery, Sunday 10/10/2021 - In allowing ourselves to be uncomfortable, in experiencing the discomfort of whatever is binding us, we touch our aliveness and see into our true nature. Mn. Shoan talks about vulnerability as a path of liberation.
Skillful Means of Liberation
Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi - Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 10/03/2021 - From The Blue Cliff Record, Case 100 - Pa Ling's Blown Hair Sword - What are the most effective, skillful means to liberate ourselves? Along with meditation which is the primary practice in most branches of Buddhism, there is koan practice which is central in our Zen tradition. Shugen Roshi describes how these are engaged together using the example of a blown hair sword.
Dharma Encounter: Wisdom and Compassion Together
Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi - Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 09/26/2021 - Dharma Encounter at the Conclusion of the Mountains and Rivers Sesshin - How do wisdom and compassion manifest together in our lives? Shugen Roshi asks us to consider the questions: Why is loving kindness - cultivation of compassion - crucial for our awakening of insight? And how do we understand our practice, the noble 8-fold path, the 8 gates, the life we're living in practice, as a way to be bringing forth that insight? Do we bring it forth as we diminish our negative karma or as we realize it? Are those different? And how is it that "Wisdom without compassion, compassion without wisdom are not complete"?
Seeking the Way With Gratitude
Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi - Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Saturday 09/25/2021 - From Transmission of the Light, Case 17 - The 17th Indian Ancestor, Rahulata (Ragarata)
The All Pervading Subtlety of Karma
Ron Hogen Green, Sensei - Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Friday 09/24/2021 - The Book of Equanimity, Case 18 - Zhaozhou's "Dog"