ZMM: The art of spiritual leadership

The Art of Spiritual Leadership: retreat at Zen Mountain Monastery, Mt. Tremper, NY

Being one with the sangha, with all sentient beings, lead the people, lead the people… How do you do it? It’s by what you do with your life, how you combust your own personal life, how you model the teachings that you profess to practice. This is how we teach our children. This is how we teach each other. This is how we teach ourselves.         — John Daido Loori, Roshi

In the intimate dance between students and teachers as the dharma came from east to west, boundaries were broken down and trusts were betrayed. As the Zen community is rocked by the eruption of one scandal after another, many voices are calling for a greater spiritual maturity. The future of the American transmission hangs in the balance. Will Zen teachers accept a greater level of transparency and accountability? Will Zen students look deeply into the mirror of their own studentship?

Where is the line drawn between student and teacher? Does one only lead, and the other only follow? As students, how do we model the teachings that we profess to practice? Combusting the stories of our own lives, we will examine our own preconceptions about teachers and authority, and our attitudes toward spiritual leadership.

Attendees may attend the full retreat or join in on Friday. For more information and registration, please contact the Zen Mountain Monastery in Mount Tremper, New York.

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