Mountains & Rivers: Zen Dharma and Practice

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This new annual journal from Zen Mountain Monastery offers conversations on creative practice, the workings of karma, and how a dharma practice community addresses its racial and gender bias. Offerings include talks and discourses on Zen koans, sutras and practice instructions exploring the heart of spiritual practice by dharma teachers of the Mountains and Rivers Order, both lay and monastic. Richly illustrated with original artwork, photography and poetry.

Formerly Mountain Record Quarterly Journal.




Hojin Sensei began a process of repair by placing into opened spaces with the rocks and pottery shards gathered from other locations, mapping together geographies and transforming what was broken into a new and beautiful wholeness.

Photo gallery of ceramic bowls created, glazed and repaired by Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei.

Manifesting Buddha

Everyone brings their full self into practice. The challenge is to be open, receptive and inquiring. Where there’s friction there’s a threshold, an opening, a path to insight.

Geoffrey Shugen Arnold

When the Buddha first started teaching he gave us the First Noble Truth: life is dukkha. Within each and every thing lies the seed of disappointment and dissatisfaction due to its impermanence and our clinging.

In Manifesting Buddha, Roshi Geoffrey Shugen Arnold explores the “practicing and living buddhadharma in our time and place, this time of our country, our world, this time of our earth.”

Beyond Fear of Differences Forum

“My racism is real, it’s going to be revealed, and I will act from those racist views and ideas because they’re unconscious and I can’t completely see them.”

A study and examination of power, privilege, and oppression as dharma practice and training. 

Baizhang’s Fox

“This is your life: a mistake, a response arising out of ignorance, and far-reaching consequences of that apparent mistake. And yet, we are all inherently endowed with the wisdom of the Buddha.”

“The enlightened person does not ignore cause and effect,” Zen Master Baizhang said. Using this powerful koan, Hogen Sensei urges us to liberate our karma by facing all of life with complete honesty and authenticity. 

The Three Essentials

“You hold yourself in your own hand, and if you know this, you cannot fall. Because what place, what thing, what other is there apart from you to fall toward? From all the various things you will ever meet, which one of them is not you?”

Great faith, doubt, and determination are often said to be the three pillars of Zen practice and realization. Zuisei Sensei weaves together poetry, sutras, stories and her own experiences to show the dynamic interdependence of these three essential qualities.