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The Freedom of No Control: Changsha's Wandering in the Mountains by Geoffrey Shugen Arnold

The Freedom of No Control: Changsha's Wandering in the Mountains

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.

We all want to maintain control over our lives: our relationships, our work, our health, even our moods. We want to know where we're going and what's going to happen when we get there. Letting going of knowing is hard because we think that if we don't know where we?re going, we won't get there. Yet no matter how much we want to control life, it won't be controlled. But if grasping and manipulating doesn't work, what are we to do? Instead of putting our energy into trying to prevent life's upsets and spills, we can put that energy into being free within the upsets and spills. When we walk the path of awakening, we learn to master life rather than control it. Meditation practice is a means of opening our minds and hearts, allowing us to meet life on its own terms.


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  • Published: May 2006
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: T041960
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