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Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Kyogen's Person Up a Tree by John Daido Loori Roshi

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Kyogen's Person Up a Tree

by John Daido Loori Roshi

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Zen Buddhism emphasizes meditation as the means to study ourselves and understand who we truly are. The Mountains and Rivers Order of Zen Buddhism (MRO) was founded in 1980 by American Zen Master John Daido Loori, Roshi. The MRO is an organization of associated temples, practice centers, and sitting groups in the United States and abroad. Daido Roshi is the abbot of the MRO's main house, Zen Mountain Monastery in Mount Tremper, NY, and Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Sensei is resident teacher at the MRO's New York City affiliate, Zen Center of New York City: Fire Lotus Temple. The MRO seeks to provide modern training that integrates spiritual practice with daily life. Dharma talks are an essential aspect of Zen training, and the talks offered here were given at both Zen Mountain Monastery and the Zen Center of New York City.

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. It's essential that we cultivate the intuitive aspect of our consciousness so see beyond just two sides of a question. We separate the world into ourselves and everything outside ourselves, and this creates a false prison we don't know how to escape. By allowing ourselves to be spontaneous and intuitive, we can be present in the current moment, and this gives us the capacity to nourish the world around us.

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  • Published: May 2006
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: B041933
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