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Spirituality in Education: Huang Po's Gobbler of Dregs by Geoffrey Shugen Arnold

Spirituality in Education: Huang Po's Gobbler of Dregs

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.

Why is it so difficult to study? It's a deep aspect of human nature, but most of us are educated to simply learn facts and repeat them. We can take responsibility for our learning by engaging in solitary sessions where we probe and question, cultivating a mind of inquiry. We see that our conditioning offers us false ideas of ourselves. We build our lives around these false ideas, but when we look deeply we see that it is possible to live in a different way, with joy and freedom. When we fall in love with learning, we discover that we can trust ourselves, and it becomes easy for us to discriminate what constitutes an authentic life.


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  • Published: May 2006
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: S041956
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