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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 95
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87

    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 232
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 167
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 165

    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

    • 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

    • 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 45
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28

    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

    • Don't Miss Your Life

    • Teachings of the Insentient
    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Narrated by: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 49 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    The world is teaching us all the time. Teachings come from rivers, rocks, and mountains, and teachings come from pollution, AIDS, and starvation. But how much of these teachings do we actually hear? Roshi says that we can't possibly experience the world around us if our senses are dulled. Zen practice shows us that it is possible to experience life in a new way, a way that allows us to hear with the whole body and mind.

    Regular price: $6.27

    • Dying of Thirst

    • Seppo's Dying of Thirst
    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Narrated by: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 59 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Many of us yearn for a deeper spiritual connection, but few of us know how to manifest spirituality in our daily lives. We buy into conditioning from the media and our schools, and as a result we experience life as limited and painful. Daido Roshi says that this dilemma is like someone sitting by a river and dying of thirst.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • John, John, you've outdone yourself!

    • By NotAThing on 03-26-16

    Regular price: $6.27

    • Breath Sweeps Mind

    • By: Jakusho Kwong-roshi
    • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 196
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 116
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 107

    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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • Finding the Right Teacher

    • Bodhidharma's Skin, Flesh, Bones, and Marrow
    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Narrated by: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 1 hr
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    American Buddhism is a new phenomena, and teachers range from self-appointed gurus to highly qualified masters. With so many teachers and religious centers to choose from, how can you find someone you really trust? The real issue, according to Daido Roshi, is understanding the meaning of spiritual authority. Transmission from a teacher should be based on our own realization as well as the teacher's.

    Regular price: $6.27

    • Let Your Bones Dance

    • Dongshan's Dharma Bodies
    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 38 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    There is a music in us, an inner voice which is audible to our teachers, but not always to us. We can’t express this music using other’s words or other’s ways of seeing things. Yet the expression of it is the vital thing; it’s not enough to embody it - we have to be able to communicate that truth. Daido Roshi encourages us to "let our bones dance", to respond, and to sing with others in such a way that it creates a voice that doesn’t belong to anyone - our collective voice. That is true expression, true intimacy.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • This book is not true to label.

    • By P. Harvey on 05-08-17

    Regular price: $6.30

    • 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

    • 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

    • Creating a Good Future

    • Linji Plants Pines
    • By: John Daido Loori, Roshi
    • Length: 44 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    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

    • 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
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      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

    • Nothing Special

    • Nanquan's Nothing Special
    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Narrated by: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 41 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    In the modern world, we are encouraged to be special, to be different and stand out from everyone else. Zen Buddhism has a different approach, encouraging us instead to be "nothing special". Daido Roshi declares that our lives are fine exactly the way they are; Zen is not about adding anything to our lives, it's about seeing the inherent perfection we already possess.

    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
    • Story
      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

    • What Are You Waiting For?

    • Yantou's Bow and Shout
    • By: John Daido Loori, Roshi
    • Length: 46 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    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

    • Don’t Believe What You Think

    • Yaoshan's Zen
    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 43 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    It is a constant practice to not get stuck in the language or forms of Zen training. The precepts, wisdom, higher states of meditation - these are all concepts that need to be let go of. Don’t turn your Zen practice into a nest, a workshop, a medicine cabinet or a make-up kit. True realization is traceless. It has nothing to do with your ideas about it. Even at the top of a hundred-foot pole, there’s nowhere else to go but forward.

    Regular price: $6.30

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