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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 45
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      4 out of 5 stars 27
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      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

    • The Life and Teachings of the Buddha

    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Narrated by: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 3 hrs and 9 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

    • Spiritual Light

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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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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      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

    • 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

    • 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 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

    • 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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      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

    • 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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    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

    • 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

    • Between Speech and Silence

    • World Honored One Did Not Speak
    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 39 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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      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

    • A New Point of View

    • Guishan Brings a Mirror
    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Narrated by: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 48 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

    • 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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    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

    • 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

    • Arriving Where You Are

    • Jinshan Asks About Nature
    • By: John Daido Loori, Roshi
    • Length: 51 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4 out of 5 stars 5
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      4 out of 5 stars 4
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      4 out of 5 stars 4

    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

    • 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 Bend Your Heart

    • Yaoshan's Precious Treasure of the Way
    • By: John Daido Loori, Roshi
    • Length: 45 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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      4 out of 5 stars 4
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      4 out of 5 stars 4

    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

    • 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
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      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

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