Not Leaving the Monastery


“What I saw or heard or felt came not but from myself—and there I found myself more truly and more strange.” —Wallace Stevens

Zuisei Sensei speaks from the heart about her own spiritual journey and her ongoing commitment to practice as she steps further into lay life.

Recorded at Zen Mountain Monastery, 12/30/2018

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01 : At Blackwater Pond by Mary Oliver

02 : "Expressions” by Master Dogen

03 : Tea at the Palaz of Hoon by Wallace Stevens

Balance in the Midst of Turmoil


Equanimity is the fourth of the Four Immeasurables, four virtues that also include loving-kindness, compassion, and sympathetic joy.

In this pointed talk after the 2016 presidential election, Zuisei Sensei speaks of equanimity in relationship to the practice of taking refuge in the Three Treasures of Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. She also offers an expression of welcome that became incorporated into Zen Mountain Monastery’s Inclusion Statement.

Recorded at Zen Center of New York City 11/13/2016

Right View


The Fourth Noble Truth, as the Buddha framed it, is the Noble Eightfold Path of right view, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration.

In the first of a series of talks on the Eightfold Path, Zuisei Sensei speaks of right view as the light that illuminates the darkness of ignorance—the intellectual and experiential knowledge of the way things actually are.

Recorded at Zen Mountain Monastery, 04/24/2015

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01 : Right View

02 : Nature Needs a New Pronoun by Robin Wall Kimmerer

03 : Early Hour by Wislawa Szymborska