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    • Beyond Differences

    • The Great Way Is Without Difficulty
    • By: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei
    • Length: 40 mins
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    At the root of all conflict and violence in the world is the way we use our mind to perceive differences. The differences themselves aren't the problem; they make the world interesting. The problem is our deeply ingrained habit of attaching to those differences and investing them with meaning and permanence.

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    • Spirituality in Education

    • Huang Po's Gobbler of Dregs
    • By: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei
    • Length: 45 mins
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    Why is it so difficult to study? It's a deep aspect of human nature, but most of us are educated to simply learn facts and repeat them. We can take responsibility for our learning by engaging in solitary sessions where we probe and question, cultivating a mind of inquiry.

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    • Be a Lamp unto Yourself

    • Shakyamuni Buddha
    • By: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei
    • Length: 45 mins
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    Buddha taught that all beings have the capacity to gain freedom - and that only each one of us can do this for ourselves. No one will come to save us. Instead, we must trust ourselves, getting in touch with real silence, listening with our whole bodies and minds, and seeking the true dharma’s guidance.

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    • To Begin Anew

    • Master Dogen's Eihei Koroku
    • By: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei
    • Length: 37 mins
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    What does it mean to start fresh? If we want to make a new start, the first step is to open our eyes and see what we have created with our actions, speech, and thoughts. We need to take responsibility for what we have created with our lives, then we can let go and truly begin anew. It's helpful to follow this fresh start with a vow, a pledge that will ground us and give us direction. Letting go of the old and setting a direction for the future allows to go forward with joy, hope, and determination.

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    • The Nature of Karma

    • Yangshan's Karmic Consciousness
    • By: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei
    • Length: 42 mins
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    The concept of karma is often misunderstood - and therefore misused - in the West. Karma is not retribution or punishment, it is simply cause and effect. But understanding karma deeply has profound implications for how we lead our lives and affect those around us.

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    • Reality Without Filters

    • Ching-Ching's Sound of Raindrops
    • By: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei
    • Length: 44 mins
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    It's very difficult to experience life directly. Our conditioning and ordinary way of perceiving often creates a haze that prevents accurate perception. One of the most painful aspects of this fog is our feeling of separation; as a result of this misapprehension we follow after things and lose ourselves. The truth is that our inherent nature is one of unity.

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    • Stop Comparing

    • Su Tsung's Ten-Body Controller
    • By: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei
    • Length: 40 mins
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    Practice requires and cultivates a profound trust in ourselves. Delusion lies in a sense of separation, a sense that something is hidden from us. Yet these feelings are what we call delusion. We need to cast off all our opinions, judgments, arrogance and self-doubt, and stop comparing ourselves with others. In this way, there are no hindrances. We can just be ourselves and trust profoundly in our Buddha nature.

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    • The Freedom of No Control

    • Changsha's Wandering in the Mountains
    • By: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei
    • Length: 44 mins
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    We all want to maintain control over our lives: our relationships, our work, our health, even our moods. We want to know where we're going and what's going to happen when we get there. Letting going of knowing is hard because we think that if we don't know where we¿re going, we won't get there.

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    • What Is Compassion?

    • Hui Chao Asks About Buddha
    • By: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei
    • Length: 50 mins
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    Distance and separation harden the heart, making suffering inevitable. Names, labels, hatred, criticism, everywhere we look, we see how separation breeds pain and suffering. But when that distance is closed, something very profound takes place.

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    • The Consequences of Love

    • Hands and Eyes of the Great Bodhisattva of Compassion
    • By: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei
    • Length: 44 mins
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    Pick up a newspaper or turn on the television, and you're bound to see suffering. And it's not just on the news; we struggle with great and small issues all the time, as do our families and friends. How do we respond to the cries of the world? There's so much suffering that it often seems easier to retreat into distance and cold-heartedness, but each of us is born with the ability to give.

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    • Of Life and Death

    • Dasui's Fire Destroys the Universe
    • By: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei
    • Length: 53 mins
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    What happens when we die? This is one of life's most puzzling questions, but is our preoccupation with death any different from our preoccupation with what's for dinner or our dentist appointment next week? It's a preoccupation with something other than where life is happening.

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    • Love Between Parent and Child

    • Caoshan's Love Between Parent and Child
    • By: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei
    • Length: 47 mins
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    What is the love between teacher and student? It may not always conform to our expectations. Shugen Sensei explores the student-teacher relationship by discussing a koan unusual for using the word “love”, whereas in Zen we more commonly speak of “compassion” - though they are ultimately the same thing.

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    • Suffering Earth

    • Chao Chou's Cypress Tree
    • By: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei
    • Length: 49 mins
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    The 21st century is a critical time for our environment. Global warming, pollution, deforestation: the problems are large, and it's easy to feel helpless. Yet it's important not to get lost in despair; we can be serious about environmental problems and still be joyful. This ability is crucial not only for dealing with the environment, but also with spiritual practice.

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    • Putting an End to Conflict

    • Lu-shon's Arriving and Vanishing
    • By: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei
    • Length: 47 mins
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    Conflict exists not only between nations and political parties; it's also battling with our neighbor, bickering with the person in the next cubicle, struggling with our spouse. Whatever the size of the conflict, it's clear that violence never solves conflict. So how can we end conflict?

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    • The Way of Freedom

    • Dongshan's No Grass
    • By: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei
    • Length: 52 mins
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    Often our minds seem like prisons we can't escape. Even when we are worn out by our stories and repetitious thoughts, we continue to think and act in ways that keep us caged. Holding onto these patterns takes a tremendous amount of energy, and that's why we get worn out. Meditation practice lets the mind come to rest, and allows us to experience our lives with freshness and fluidity.

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    • Don't Be Stopped by Fear

    • Changsha advancing a step
    • By: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei
    • Length: 42 mins
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    All the spiritual teachings on fearlessness point to the fact that being fearless doesn’t mean not feeling fear, but not being stopped by it. In this pointed talk, Shugen Sensei speaks directly to the ways in which we can all learn to face our fears in order to be free from, rather than debilitated by, them.

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    • Obstacles Are the Path

    • Keichu Makes Carts
    • By: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei
    • Length: 47 mins
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    What does it mean to forget the self? Who are you when you take away the 10,000 parts into which you have divided your life, the 10,000 seams or gaps you’ve laced over your self? The divisions and delusions that have burdened us can become our path - in fact, they are and have always been our path.

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    • From Obstacles to Freedom

    • Chao Chou's Four Gates
    • By: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei
    • Length: 31 mins
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    Embarking on the spiritual path can often be a wish to escape from problems and difficulties. We want to find peace on the cushion. But as our practice deepens, we come up against every kind of obstruction. The barriers seem impenetrable. The good news is, the peace and freedom we seek is always available exactly where we are, right now. When we can face our barriers directly, without turning away, we begin to see them for what they truly are: the gates to our total liberation.

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    • Neither Male nor Female

    • Shariputra's Encounter with the Goddess
    • By: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei
    • Length: 45 mins
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    Women have faced oppression and discrimination throughout history - even Buddhist history, beginning with the Buddha himself. In this talk, Shugen Sensei explores how we can move beyond our fear of differences by looking at a passage from the Vimalakirti Sutra in which the Goddess arranges for Shariputra to experience being in her female body. He realizes that an "essence" of maleness or femaleness cannot be found. What is it to be male? Female? Black? White? Where do these differences actually exist?

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    • Peace of Mind

    • The Highest Meaning of the Holy Truth
    • By: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei
    • Length: 59 mins
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    One of the main reasons people embark on the spiritual path is to identify what's causing their pain. Oddly enough, when we try to find our pain we often can't put our finger on it, and this is because our pain comes from an idea.

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