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    • 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
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      4 out of 5 stars 18
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      4 out of 5 stars 11
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      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

    • True Intimacy

    • Yunmen's Seeing and Hearing
    • By: John Daido Loori, Roshi
    • Length: 44 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
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      4 out of 5 stars 6
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      4 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
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      4 out of 5 stars 14
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      4 out of 5 stars 13
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      4 out of 5 stars 13

    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

    • Let Your Bones Dance

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

    • Overcoming Arrogance

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

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    • 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
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      4 out of 5 stars 46
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      4 out of 5 stars 28
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      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.

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    • Letting Go of Fantasy

    • Dongshan's Each Stitch
    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 44 mins
    • Original Recording
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      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

    • The Life and Teachings of the Buddha

    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Narrated by: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
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      4 out of 5 stars 49
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      4 out of 5 stars 29
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    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

    • The Zen Joke

    • Puhua's Bell Song
    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 56 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4 out of 5 stars 26
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      4 out of 5 stars 8
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    People think of Zen as a humorless religion, but like Christianity, Judaism, and other faiths, Zen has a long tradition of clowns and pranksters. In this enjoyable and thought-provoking talk, Zen master John Daido Loori Roshi tells anecdotes about various ancient and modern Zen teachers who were known for playing the fool.

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    • Awakening to Stillness

    • Caoshan's Bell Sound
    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Narrated by: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 42 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4 out of 5 stars 31
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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      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

    • Suffering and Empowerment

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

    • Unblocking the Sun

    • A Nun Questions Master Longshan
    • By: John Daido Loori, Roshi
    • Length: 45 mins
    • Original Recording
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      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

    • Wholehearted Parenting

    • Caoshan's Love Between Parent and Child
    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 45 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4 out of 5 stars 8
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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      5 out of 5 stars 6

    The moment a child is born, a parent is created; you can't have one without the other. Daido Roshi explores the love between parent and child, and the complete intimacy that exists between the two. We see this intimacy in the way children mirror their parents, the way children reflect how we use our body, speech, and mind.

    Regular price: $5.95

    • Creating a Good Future

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

    • Clear as a Bell

    • Dongshan's How Dirty Is the Water
    • By: John Daido Loori, Roshi
    • Narrated by: John Daido Loori, Roshi
    • Length: 44 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 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

    • Free from Craving

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

    • How to Make the Right Choice

    • Guishan Cuts a Snake
    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Narrated by: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 57 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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      5 out of 5 stars 8
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      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.

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    • Where Are You Running?

    • Baizhang's Wild Geese
    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 43 mins
    • Original Recording
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      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

    • A New Point of View

    • Guishan Brings a Mirror
    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Narrated by: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 47 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Our ordinary point of view divides the world in two. Me and you, right and wrong, success and failure, life and death, practically all of our daily encounters are about divisions. We separate ourselves from the world around us, and this separation is the cause of our pain and suffering.

    Regular price: $6.27

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