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Mountain Light Video Library
This Video Library consists of 27 dharma discourses by John Daido Loori, Roshi, recorded live at Zen Mountain Monastery. These talks repres ...
Advice of the Caterpillar
Koans of the Way of Reality: Case 52
Many Zen koans contain references to myths and folktales of ancient India, China, and Japan. Si ...
Ancestor's Homeleaving--What Is Letting Go?
The 300 Koan Shobogenzo: Case 176
The one great pearl is always present.
Dragon sons and daughters are always born of dragon ...
Bodhidharma's Contemplating Mind--Fruitful Stillness
Koans of the Way of Reality: Case 68
Master Bodhidharma is considered to be the first ancestor of Zen. He is reputed to have brought ...
Enlightenment Sutra's Four Conditions--Life of Non-duality
Book of Equanimity: Case 45
At all times do not produce delusive thoughts.
Also, don't try to stop and annihilate deluded ...
Master Dogen's 300 Koan Shobogenzo: Case 81
The ancient Chinese Zen poem, Identity of Relative and Absolute, declares, "Within light ...
Feeding the Hungry Heart
Master Dogen's 300 Koan Shobogenzo: Case 170
Any serious practitioner knows that spiritual nourishment is just as vital a human nece ...
In and Out of the Net
The net is the rigid way we have defined our lives: the cage and prison in which we lock ourselves. The threads of the net are our self-imp ...
Joshu's Bright Pearl
Joshu's bright pearl is a condition of freedom and a life of no obstructions. There are no obstructions when we enter the difficulties we e ...
Kyogen's Man up a Tree -- Impossible Situations
Gateless Gate: Case 5
From our everyday perspective, Kyogen's person up a tree appears to be in a no-win situation. Dangling from a ...
Lotus in the Fire: Zen Home Practice
Buddhism is undergoing a revolution in the West as dedicated practitioners create a lay practice within what historically has been a monast ...
Master Dogen's 300 Koan Shobogenzo: Case 271
About half of our waking hours are spent at work, yet few of us are engaged in labor that ...
Master Tozan's ''No Grass''--The Relative and the Absolute
The Book of Equanimity: Case 89
The Five Ranks of Master Tozan are a riveting yet subtle expression of the Buddhist teachings on the ...
Mayoku Shakes His Staff--Beyond Right and Wrong
The Book of Equanimity: Case 16
Master Mayoku, having grasped a bit of truth, went on a pilgrimage to test his understanding against ...
Mind of Play
Touching the Heart of Intimacy
By the time we reach adulthood, most of us have lost touch with our playfulness. Inundated with compl ...
Neither Discarding nor Attaching--The End of Suffering
Koans of the Way of Reality: Case 108
Our usual way of perceiving and interpreting the world is dualistic. The gap created through s ...
Original Source--Beginning Is the End
Koans of the Way of Reality: Case 104
From the beginning, the truth is clear and free of dust. In the valley of the endless sprin ...
Permanent Principle--What Is Death?
The Book of Equanimity: Case 75
With deepening meditative practice, the apparent solidity and continuity of experience dissolves int ...
Plum Blossoms--The Coming of Eternal Spring
Koans of the Way of Reality
In the poetic teachings of master Dogen, the plum tree occasionally represents the Buddhadharma. The plu ...
Practice Is Enlightenment
Zen Master Dogen's 300 Koan Shobogenzo: Case 123
What is the relationship between practice and enlightenment? If all sentient beings ...