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Of Life and Death: Dasui's Fire Destroys the Universe by Geoffrey Shugen Arnold

Of Life and Death: Dasui's Fire Destroys the Universe

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.

What happens when we die? This is one of life's most puzzling questions, but is our preoccupation with death any different from our preoccupation with what's for dinner or our dentist appointment next week? It's a preoccupation with something other than where life is happening. If we want to know how to live, we have to study life; and if we want to know how to die, we have to study life as well, because the best way to prepare for death is to cultivate awareness of this moment. When we learn to slow down, we start to experience what is actually in front of us. This moment is the most profound thing we can see, and this deep seeing will change our relationship to both life and death.


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  • Published: May 2006
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: O041948
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