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Dying of Thirst: Seppo's Dying of Thirst by John Daido Loori Roshi

Dying of Thirst: Seppo's Dying of Thirst

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.

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. We need to realize that it is possible to let go of these restrictive ideas, and to experience life with a fresh, adventurous spirit. Zen practice teaches us to go to the edge of our limits, to let go of our mental chains and experience the boundless joy available to all of us. As we learn to trust ourselves and open up to our experiences, we see that the spiritual life is actually with us all the time, even in the most mundane activities of our everyday routine. Life is nothing but spiritual, and joy is our human birthright.

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  • Published: February 2006
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