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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 44
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    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

    • 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
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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

    • 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
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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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    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

    • Awakening to Stillness

    • Caoshan's Bell Sound
    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Narrated by: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 43 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4 out of 5 stars 30
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    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 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
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      4 out of 5 stars 39
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      5 out of 5 stars 12
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      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

    • 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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    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.

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    • Who's Punishing You?

    • The Diamond Scripture's Revilement
    • By: John Daido Loori, Roshi
    • Length: 51 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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      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 Miss Your Life

    • Teachings of the Insentient
    • 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 18
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      5 out of 5 stars 11
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      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

    • Dancing with Impermanence

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

    • 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 18
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    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.

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    • Dying of Thirst

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

    • 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 13
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      4 out of 5 stars 12
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    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

    • Giving Is Receiving

    • Guishan's Gift
    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Narrated by: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 44 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4 out of 5 stars 5
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    It's always heartwarming to watch a child's joy during the holidays, or to witness people reaching out to one another during times of crisis. But how do we give in our everyday lives? Daido Roshi examines the true meaning of giving, pointing out that each moment is an opportunity to give, and each moment is full of gifts we are receiving from others. But few actions are as misunderstood as giving, mostly due to our confusion about material and spiritual gifts.

    Regular price: $6.27

    • 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 6
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      5 out of 5 stars 4

    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

    • 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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    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

    • 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
    • Story
      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

    • What Are You Waiting For?

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

    • Spirited and Splendid Nature

    • Wumen's Who Is the Other?
    • By: John Daido Loori, Roshi
    • Length: 40 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    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

    • Nothing Special

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

    • Failing with Grace

    • Kaoshan's Falling and Rising
    • 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 9
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      5 out of 5 stars 3
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      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Babe Ruth hit 704 home runs, but no one ever mentions that he struck out about 3,000 times. In our goal-oriented culture, we tend to forget that you can't hit home runs unless you strike out; we think that failure is something bad, and as a result we become afraid to take action.

    Regular price: $6.27

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