Geoffrey Shugen Arnold

Geoffrey Shugen Arnold
Religion Zen Buddhism
School Sōtō
Lineage Mountains and Rivers Order
Dharma names Kodo Shugen
Nationality American
Born (1957-10-20) October 20, 1957
Atlanta, Georgia
Senior posting
Based in Zen Center of New York City
Zen Mountain Monastery
National Buddhist Prison Sangha
Title Sensei
Religious career
Teacher John Daido Loori
Website Zen Mountain Monastery

Geoffrey Shugen Arnold is a sensei of the Mountains and Rivers Order (MRO) founded by John Daido Loori, from whom Shugen received shiho, or dharma transmission, in July 1997.[1] As a lineage holder in the Sōtō tradition, Shugen currently serves as head of MRO and abbot of both Zen Mountain Monastery[2] in Mt. Tremper, New York, where he serves as the full-time resident teacher, and Zen Center of New York City[3] in Brooklyn. Trained as a musician, Shugen was introduced to and began practicing Zen meditation in 1975. He began his formal training at Zen Mountain Monastery in 1984, and received tokudo, full monastic ordination, in 1988. Shugen's teachings have appeared in various Buddhist publications, including Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly, The Mountain Record and in The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 and 2009. His dharma talks are available for sale through the Monastery Store and as a free podcast at He is the author of O, Beautiful End, a collection of Zen memorial poems, published by Dharma Communications in 2012. In October 2012, Shugen gave denkai, or priestly transmission, to Jody Hojin Kimmel, Osho.

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