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Giving Is Receiving: Guishan's Gift by John Daido Loori Roshi

Giving Is Receiving: Guishan's Gift

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.

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. Sometimes material giving is important, but other times spiritual giving is what's needed; giving someone your time, your attention, or your gratitude are profound means of connecting with others. Intimate giving is about finding our compassionate heart and acting in accord with circumstances; it's not about expecting payment, it's just being moved to help, to serve friends and enemies equally. As our heart expands and we understand the true relationship between giver and receiver, it dramatically changes our relationship with the people in our lives.

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  • Published: February 2006
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: G041944
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