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Spiritual Power: Exploring Spiritual Powers by John Daido Loori Roshi

Spiritual Power: Exploring Spiritual Powers

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.

When we think of spiritual powers, we usually imagine walking on water or performing some kind of miracle. However, Daido 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. Yet if our lives are truly filled with the miraculous, why do we experience so much pain and suffering, so much greed, anger, and ignorance? The key lies in stopping our internal dialogue and allowing ourselves to realize the moment-to-moment reality of our life. When we become conscious of our lives and unify our thoughts and energy, our internal light shines without hindrance.

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