Geoffrey Shugen Arnold

Geoffrey Shugen Arnold

Geoffrey Shugen Arnold is the abbot and resident teacher of Zen Mountain Monastery and abbot of the Zen Center of New York City. He received dharma transmission from John Daido Loori Roshi in 1997.

Recent Articles

The Story Behind the Stupa

Patrick Dowd tells the tale at the heart of the legend of the Great Boudha Stupa in Kathmandu.

How the Sacred Treasure of Literacy Came to Tibet

When written language arrived in Tibet, says Patrick Dowd, it brought the dharma with it.


In Accord with All Time 

If you can know yourself as the unity of past, present, and future, says Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, then you see you’re right where you ought to be.

Silk painting of the bodhisattva Mahasthamaprapta

Who Was Prajnatara?

Geoffrey Shugen Arnold tells the story of Prajnatara, the 27th "patriarch" of Indian Buddhism — who is believed to have been a woman.

Make Your Love Skillful

Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Sensei on the unity of life, love, and practice.

Trusting the Three Treasures

Taking refuge in the Buddha, dharma, and sangha, says Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, involves taking a leap forward with a deep sense of trust in our own basic nature and the natural wisdom of all phenomena.

What Do You See?

Ever notice how quickly you form opinions about the world around you? Next time stop and take a closer look, suggests Geoffrey Shugen Arnold.

Mind Is Buddha

A simple three-word koan. Or just a one-word koan: buddhanature. So deceptively simple, yet it penetrates to the very heart of the matter.