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Suffering and Empowerment: Suffering Cannot Reach It by John Daido Loori Roshi

Suffering and Empowerment: Suffering Cannot Reach It

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.

Sooner or later, we all confront situations with no easy way out. For human beings, sickness, old age, and death, either our own or someone else's, seem like insurmountable barriers. We all struggle to avoid these things, and the media encourages our pursuit, offering plastic surgery, exercise routines, and all manner of pills to achieve eternal youth. But sooner or later, we need to realize that old age and suffering are not going to magically dissolve. Daido Roshi encourages us to be the barrier that confronts us. Buddhism teaches that if we stop struggling against what we dislike, if we accept our vulnerability and suffering, we can actually empower ourselves. Part of this process involves making mistakes, and Roshi encourages us to make our mistakes freely, to accept failure as a natural part of life as well as an important teacher. As we gain strength and learn to trust ourselves, we discover that embracing our fears turn suffering into wisdom.


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  • Published: February 2006
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: S041957
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