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    • Don’t Believe What You Think

    • Yaoshan's Zen
    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 43 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    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

    • 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
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      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

    • 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
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 27

    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

    • 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

    • Don't Bend Your Heart

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

    • 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 42
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    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

    • What Is Compassion?

    • Hui Chao Asks About Buddha
    • By: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei
    • Length: 50 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5

    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.

    Regular price: $6.27

    • Who's Punishing You?

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

    • 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
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    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.

    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 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      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

    • Giving Is Receiving

    • Guishan's Gift
    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Narrated by: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 44 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    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

    • From Obstacles to Freedom

    • Chao Chou's Four Gates
    • By: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold
    • Length: 31 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 3

    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.

    Regular price: $6.30

    • Don't Be Stopped by Fear

    • Changsha advancing a step
    • By: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei
    • Length: 42 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    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.

    Regular price: $6.30

    • 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
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      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

    • Letting Go of Fantasy

    • Dongshan's Each Stitch
    • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
    • Length: 44 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      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

    • 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
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      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

    • 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

    • 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

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