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    • The Three Pillars of Zen

    • Teaching, Practice, and Enlightenment
    • By: Roshi Philip Kapleau
    • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
    • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 91
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 91

    In this classic work of spiritual guidance, the founder of the Rochester Zen Center presents a comprehensive overview of Zen Buddhism. Exploring the three pillars of Zen - teaching, practice, and enlightenment - Roshi Philip Kapleau, the man who founded one of the oldest and most influential Zen centers in the United States, presents a personal account of his own experiences as a student and teacher, and in so doing gives listeners invaluable advice on how to develop their own practices.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Guidebook on Zan Buddhism

    • By Peter Capaldi on 09-16-17

    Regular price: $31.49

    • The Three Pillars of Zen

    • Teaching, Practice, Enlightenment
    • By: Roshi Philip Kapleau
    • Narrated by: Bodhin Kjolhede, Sunya Kjolhede
    • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 233
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 168
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 166

    No other Eastern religious tradition has influenced Western thought more than Zen Buddhism. This collection contains the luminous essays and lectures of contemporary Zen masters, as well as several personal accounts of the experience of enlightenment. Since 1965, this pioneering classic has had a profound impact on the development of Zen in the West, inspiring countless Westerners to undertake Zen practice.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Comments on abridged Audible Version

    • By FLBubba on 11-26-13

    Regular price: $11.87

    • Breath Sweeps Mind

    • By: Jakusho Kwong-roshi
    • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 197
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      4 out of 5 stars 117
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      4 out of 5 stars 108

    With more than 40 years of experience practicing traditional Zen, Jakusho Kwong-roshi removes some of the mystery surrounding this enigmatic philosophy through clear instruction in its core principles and how it relates to our everyday world, including methods of zazen meditation, why delusion is inseparable from enlightenment, turning our light inward, and more.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I loved it

    • By Oskar's Mom on 02-14-09

    Regular price: $48.97

    • Unblocking the Sun

    • A Nun Questions Master Longshan
    • By: John Daido Loori, Roshi
    • Length: 45 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      5 out of 5 stars 3
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      5 out of 5 stars 3

    Zen Buddhism emphasizes meditation as the means to study ourselves and understand who we truly are. Dharma talks are an essential aspect of Zen training, and the talks offered here were given at both the Zen Mountain Monastery and the Zen Center of New York City.

    Regular price: $5.57

    • Overcoming Arrogance

    • Linji Sees Huangbo Reading a Sutra
    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Narrated by: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 56 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Feeling superior to others is a common problem for most of us. We cut off other people and dismiss them based on how they look, their gender, or even their age. This arrogance is a barrier to progression in our spiritual life and indeed in all of our life.

    Regular price: $6.27

    • Suffering and Empowerment

    • Suffering Cannot Reach It
    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Narrated by: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 49 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Sooner or later, we all confront situations with no easy way out. For human beings, sickness, old age, and death, either our own or someone else's, seem like insurmountable barriers. We all struggle to avoid these things, and the media encourages our pursuit, offering plastic surgery, exercise routines, and all manner of pills to achieve eternal youth. But sooner or later, we need to realize that old age and suffering are not going to magically dissolve.

    Regular price: $6.27

    • How to Make the Right Choice

    • Guishan Cuts a Snake
    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Narrated by: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 50 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    Every day we are faced with moral decisions, and it's often difficult to know how to act. If there's a snake in our garden, do we kill it? If our co-worker is stealing from the company, is it our obligation to speak up? What if we tell our children not to lie, then the phone rings and we ask them to say we're not home? In this compelling talk, Daido Roshi explores the role of morality and ethics in our lives.

    Regular price: $6.27

    • Free from Craving

    • Tozi's Harmonizing the 10 Bodies
    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 42 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Shopping and spending money is a major part of our culture, and few of us are immune to the seductions of consumerism. Big business knows this, and they count on the fact that we are all conditioned to crave what we do not have. It is possible, however, for us to stop living out of our conditioning and realize that nothing is really missing.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Of great Importance for all to listen!

    • By Sharon April on 12-28-17

    Regular price: $6.27

    • Between Speech and Silence

    • World Honored One Did Not Speak
    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 39 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    Our world is full of words, whether we are listening to others, watching T.V., or talking to ourselves. In a religion like Zen Buddhism, where so much emphasis is placed on silence and meditation, what is the place of words and literature? Zen practice doesn't mean abandoning language, but rather using it to our advantage. The truth isn't found in either words or silence; it encompasses both.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • wonderful as always

    • By Roxanne Neri on 08-15-17

    Regular price: $6.27

    • Spiritual Power

    • Exploring Spiritual Powers
    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Narrated by: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 58 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
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      4 out of 5 stars 2

    When we think of spiritual powers, we usually imagine walking on water or performing some kind of miracle. However, Roshi points out that true mystical power resides within the simple actions of our everyday lives, whether we are cooking a meal, washing the dishes, or driving a car. These activities seem ordinary, but they have an extraordinary aspect as well.

    Regular price: $6.27

    • Between a Rock and a Hard Place

    • Kyogen's Person Up a Tree
    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Narrated by: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 45 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Everyone has experienced life's classic dilemmas: Should I do this, or should I do that? Should I buy this, or should I buy that? Should I be here, or should I be there? We tend to resolve these questions by analysis and rationality, but when we look carefully we see that our choices usually aren't rational; more often they are a decision of the heart.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not about Aron Ralston's survival story.

    • By Jack on 01-21-12

    Regular price: $6.27

    • Connecting with the Heart Sutra

    • Mazu's Heart Sutra
    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Narrated by: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 51 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    The Heart Sutra is one of the most important teachings in all Buddhist schools, including Zen. In this challenging talk, Roshi discusses The Heart Sutra and explains the Buddhist concept of emptiness. Emptiness doesn't mean that the world is empty, nor does it mean that we are supposed to walk around like emotionless zombies. Realizing emptiness is essentially realizing that we are not separate from the world around us.

    Regular price: $6.27

    • Letting Go of Fantasy

    • Dongshan's Each Stitch
    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 44 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
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      5 out of 5 stars 7
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      5 out of 5 stars 7

    How much of your daily life is taken up by fantasy? The reality is that most of us go through our entire day, indeed, our entire lives, caught up in make-believe stories. Although fantasy seems more compelling than everyday tasks like sewing, sweeping, or cooking, it's an incredibly wasteful activity that takes us away from the vivid world of the present moment.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved this.

    • By Lisa on 06-17-14

    Regular price: $6.27

    • Awakening to Stillness

    • Caoshan's Bell Sound
    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Narrated by: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 43 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    Human beings spend most of their time talking to themselves. Constantly preoccupied with the past and the future, we live in a perpetual state of distraction and mental turmoil. But what happens when our internal chatter quiets down? Roshi discusses our minds' capability to experience profound stillness, and the heart of Zen practice is to find this still point within ourselves.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • what to heck

    • By Chris on 10-12-11

    Regular price: $6.27

    • The Life and Teachings of the Buddha

    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Narrated by: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 28

    Shakyamuni Gautama was a historical figure who lived in India from approximately 563 to 483 B.C. After his death, Buddhism spread over Asia, and almost 2,500 years later Buddhism has come to the West, where it is more relevant than ever. These four classic talks by John Daido Loori, abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery, offer a clear, comprehensive version of the Buddha's life and teachings, including Buddha's life as a householder, spiritual seeker, and ultimately a teacher.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Practical lessons.

    • By Tamar B. on 11-23-15

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Dancing with Impermanence

    • Yunyan's This Is It
    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 35 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Dogen said: Suchness is the real form of truth. Our life is constantly changing, our minds are constantly changing. This can make us feel helpless and lead us to ask: On what can we rely? Or, this flux can be used to practice and deepen our awareness. To ask what is suchness is to ask how all things exist. Through this question we can become truly intimate, but we have to trust the question, trust the process, and trust ourselves.

    Regular price: $6.30

    • Spiritual Light

    • The Emperor and the Buddha's Relics
    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 51 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    When we are confronted with worries and challenges, it can be difficult to get in touch with our spiritual center. Barriers are a fact of life, and no matter how challenging our everyday life we all possess an inherent spiritual light.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A True Teacher

    • By T. C. Pile on 11-30-08

    Regular price: $6.27

    • Alive to the Moment

    • Zhaozhou's Flower of Awakening
    • By: Roshi, John Daido Loori
    • Narrated by: Roshi, John Daido Loori
    • Length: 42 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Zen Buddhism emphasizes meditation as the means to study ourselves and understand who we truly are. Dharma talks are an essential aspect of Zen training, and the talks offered here were given at both the Zen Mountain Monastery and the Zen Center of New York City.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Zen teaching

    • By Shara on 03-02-15

    Regular price: $5.57

    • The Power of Thought

    • Changquing's Seeing Form, Seeing Sound
    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Narrated by: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 35 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 13

    All societies have laws to prevent physical and verbal violence, but what about the violence we create with our thoughts? Daido Roshi states that our minds are incredibly powerful, and they create a force that shapes the reality around us. We can only bring peace and healing to ourselves and others if we first have peace in our minds. But we can't quiet the mind until we see how much time we spend talking to ourselves, and until we let go of our almost constant inner chatter.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant

    • By Marty on 12-27-07

    Regular price: $6.27

    • Where Are You Running?

    • Baizhang's Wild Geese
    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 43 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Many of us are haunted by the past. We try to make painful memories go away by numbing ourselves with food, alcohol, and entertainment, but the past is still there and it's still eating away at us. Ironically, our obsessive thoughts about the past occur because we haven't fully processed it yet.

    Regular price: $6.27

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