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Reality Without Filters: Ching-Ching's Sound of Raindrops by Geoffrey Shugen Arnold

Reality Without Filters: Ching-Ching's Sound of Raindrops

by Geoffrey Shugen Arnold

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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.

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. This unity is not something we have to accomplish; it's something we simply need to discover. Following the spiritual path helps loosen the hold of our conditioning and see reality as it truly is: clear, bright, and unhindered. This new vision helps us to navigate our own lives, and it also allows us to offer greater assistance to the world around us.

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  • Published: May 2006
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: R041952
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