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Jukai for Five Students at ZCNYC

May 1, 2015
On Sunday, April 19th, Shugen Sensei officiated a Precepts Ceremony—Jukai—for five MRO students. The zendo was filled to capacity with Sangha, family, friends, plus a contingent from Mount Tremper. From left to right, in the featured image: Carey Joyu (“peaceful courage”) DePalma, Clyde Fusei (“sacred wind”) Forth, Gwen Kimu (“awakening from the dream”) Coe, Sara Itoku (“sincere heart/mind”) Ahbel-Rappe, Shugen Sensei, and Vinny Unsan (“cloud mountain”) Bogan Congratulations! [gallery link="file" ids="4829,4828,4827,4826,4824"]
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A Mid-Ango Boost: Sangha Hikes Up Tremper Mountain

April 16, 2015
Just after 1:00 PM on Sunday, April 12th, the Sangha participated in the traditional hike up Mt. Tremper. About thirty people took part in the event, which followed the Ango Intensive Retreat on "Taking Refuge in the Three Treasures," led by Shugen Sensei. Continue reading “A Mid-Ango Boost: Sangha Hikes Up Tremper Mountain” »
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First Sangha Treasure Meeting Held at Monastery

April 10, 2015
On the evening of Wednesday, April 8th, about 40 residents and local MRO students gathered in the performance hall for the first Sangha Treasure Meeting, a new forum for the sangha to reflect on and share their experience of practice and training within the MRO community. The idea for holding such a meeting arose in the aftermath of Ryushin Sensei’s departure; up until now, there really hasn’t been a place for sangha members to raise their concerns, particularly when those concerns have to do with a teacher. Although the idea for the meetings was born from a troubling situation, their purpose...
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An Intimate Encounter: Taking Refuge in the Buddha

April 2, 2015
post by Alison Mills photographs by Nicholas Lue, MRO On Sunday, March 29th, Shugen Sensei opened the first Dharma Encounter of the ango by asking the sangha, “What is Buddha?” and “What does it mean to take refuge in the Buddha?” Continue reading “An Intimate Encounter: Taking Refuge in the Buddha” »
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Shugen Sensei Assumes Abbotship of Monastery as Spring Ango Begins

March 13, 2015
On Sunday, March 8th, Shugen Sensei officially stepped into the role of Abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery in a brief but emotional ceremony as the sangha prepared to enter into the Spring Ango Intensive training period. Coming on the heels of the weekend’s Ango Opening Sesshin, the Sunday morning program began as usual with a liturgy service, after which the timekeeper announced, "Prepare for Abbot's Installation Ceremony." Continue reading “Shugen Sensei Assumes Abbotship of Monastery as Spring Ango Begins” »
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Barriers and the Creative Process

February 1, 2015
by John Daido Loori, Roshi As our work with the creative process evolves and we see how creativity extends beyond art into our lives, we may notice barriers that keep us from seeing in a way that’s unhindered by ideas or attitudes. These barriers pop up as we struggle to find equanimity in our art and day-to-day activities. It is critical that we acknowledge these barriers, and work through them. To be willing to find our own freedom, blocked though it may be, is the first breath of that freedom. We have to be willing to turn toward the barrier...
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Sangha Reflections: On Daido Roshi

February 1, 2015
WHEN I MET DAIDO, I WAS living in a yoga ashram and working part time in an art gallery. Daido would come into the gallery to have his photographs framed. He had just resigned from International Flavors and Fragrances and was starting to go into the advertising business. He needed a model for a shoot that he was doing for a little department store in Middletown; I told him I had worked as a model before and could help him. Continue reading “Sangha Reflections: On Daido Roshi” »
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Poems

February 1, 2015
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The Stone Lion

February 1, 2015
by John Daido Loori, Roshi Koans of the Way of Reality, Case 103 The Prolouge Confined in a cage, up against a wall, pressed against barriers—if you linger in thought, holding back your potential, you will remain mired in fear and frozen in inaction. If, on the other hand, you advance fearlessly and without hesitation, you manifest your power as a competent adept of the Way. Passing through entanglements and barriers without hindrance, the time and season of great peace is attained. How do you advance fearlessly and without hesitation? Listen to the following. Continue reading “The Stone Lion” »
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