Geoffrey Shugen Arnold

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold
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Born (1957-10-20) October 20, 1957 (age 63)
ReligionZen Buddhism
LineageMountains and Rivers Order
Senior posting
TeacherJohn Daido Loori
Based inZen Center of New York City
Zen Mountain Monastery
National Buddhist Prison Sangha
WebsiteZen Mountain Monastery

Geoffrey Shugen Arnold is Rōshi 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.

Shugen Roshi has given shiho or dharma transmission to Ron Hogen Green, Sensei; Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei; and Vanessa Zuisei Goddard, Sensei.

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  • Prebish, Charles S (1999). Luminous Passage: The Practice and Study of Buddhism in America. University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-21697-0.
  • Queen, Christopher S (2000). Engaged Buddhism in the West. Wisdom publications. ISBN 0-86171-159-9. OCLC 41951145.
  • Seager, Richard Hughes (1999). Buddhism In America. Columbia University Press. ISBN 0-231-10868-0. OCLC 40481142.

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