Vanessa Zuisei Goddard

Author and Zen Teacher

Vanessa Zuisei Goddard Sensei is a lay Zen teacher in the Mountains and Rivers Order (MRO) of Zen Buddhism. Zuisei Sensei was in full-time residential training at Zen Mountain Monastery from 1995 to 2014, fourteen of those years as a monastic. In 2018 she received dharma transmission (authorization to teach) from Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Roshi, Head of the MRO and Abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery. For the last ten years, Zuisei Sensei has been leading retreats and workshops on various aspects of Buddhism—from mindfulness and meditation to running as a form of zazen—all with special emphasis on the power of stillness and silence to facilitate clarity and transformation in our lives.

Zuisei Sensei is now on sabbatical in New York City, where she is devoting her time to working on her second book and continuing her own spiritual development through the study of contemplative practices like centering prayer. Sensei’s first book, Still Running: The Art of Meditation in Motion, will be published by Shambhala Publications in the late summer of 2020.

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Mindfulness Is Not All There Is

by Vanessa Zuisei Goddard

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People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.


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