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    • Beyond Body Obsession

    • Ta Lung's Hard and Fast Body of Reality
    • By: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold
    • Length: 45 mins
    • Original Recording
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Our physical body is the miraculous gate through which we experience this world and life. It is also the focus of endless anxiety - especially in our culture. Shugen Sensei explores this tension, and the relationship of the ephemeral and the permanent, showing us how we can be free of anxiety.

    Regular price: $6.30

    • 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 40
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      4 out of 5 stars 25
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    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

    • Alive to the Moment

    • Zhaozhou's Flower of Awakening
    • By: Roshi, John Daido Loori
    • Narrated by: Roshi, John Daido Loori
    • Length: 42 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Zen teaching

    • By Shara on 03-02-15

    Regular price: $5.57

    • Awakening to Stillness

    • Caoshan's Bell Sound
    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Narrated by: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 43 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      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 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 46
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 26
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      4 out of 5 stars 25

    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

    • Wholehearted Parenting

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

    • Between Speech and Silence

    • World Honored One Did Not Speak
    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 39 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      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

    • 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 17
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    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

    • 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 9
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      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    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
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      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

    • The Zen Joke

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

    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
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      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.

    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
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      4 out of 5 stars 2
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      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

    • Dancing with Impermanence

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

    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

    • Overcoming Arrogance

    • Linji Sees Huangbo Reading a Sutra
    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 56 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      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.

    Regular price: $6.27

    • The Nature of Karma

    • Yangshan's Karmic Consciousness
    • By: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold
    • Length: 42 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    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.

    Regular price: $6.30

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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
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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

    • Reality Without Filters

    • Ching-Ching's Sound of Raindrops
    • By: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei
    • Length: 44 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    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.

    Regular price: $6.27

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