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    A Cure for Guilt and Shame

    Duration: 75 minutes

    “Blessed are the Flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.”  Flexibility is the essence of purification, and Shinzen talks of how to work through fixating tendencies and allow the substance of our senses to become flexible. He talks of three levels of maturity on the spiritual path and how to “love the suffering to death.”

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    A Special Kind of Nothing

    Shinzen speaks about the special kind of “nothing” found in the world – scientifically, mathematically and spiritually. Spiritually, when you have a complete experience of “something” it dissolves into its basic source and that “emptiness” then becomes all the richness that was contained in the something. It’s the “nothing” that can hold everything together

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    Asceticism: Skill in Experiencing Discomfort

    Duration: 31 minutes

    This recording gives an interesting history of asceticism (discomfort) as defined in some spiritual traditions and the possible value of using discomfort to initiate a process of purification of consciousness. Whether as a spiritual practice or in our daily living, the question is how to do so skillfully or as paraphrased from Thomas Merton, “…not to suffer more than other people, but…to suffer more effectively.”

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    Basic Principles of Body Sweeping

    Duration: 50 minutes

    Shinzen gives a brief description and rationale for using the technique of ‘sweeping’ or ‘scanning’, which is a strategy for bringing awareness to body sensations. He then opens a Q&A session addressing in depth questions regarding the technique of sweeping/scanning, pain and purification, working through extreme sensations and how to ‘love something to death’.

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    Calming the Mind

    Duration: 57 minutes

    Three graded exercises for calming the mind are presented:

    1) Returning the attention to the breath;

    2) Watching the rising and fading of thought; and

    3) Allowing everything to arise in the mind without any effort to control it and having equanimity with it.

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    Carrying Meditation Into Life

    Duration: 52 Minutes

    How to carry meditation from retreats and cultivate it mindfully in daily life. Provides several specific techniques. Includes interesting stories from Shinzen’s life as a monk.

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    Chant: Om Mani Padme Hum

    Duration: 50 minutes

    Early every morning during his retreats, Shinzen leads the traditional Om Mani Padme Hum chant. This recording contains two versions of the chant, each preceded by a short focusing exercise.  Listen or chant along!

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    Compulsion

    Duration: 64 minutes

    Lays out a meditative path for liberation from compulsive/obsessive disorders. A veritable primer on approaching the mind through meditation.

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    Conceptual Aspects of Vipassana

    Duration: 70 minutes

    1) Complimentary pairs on this Path including efforting and clarifying, as well as calming and concentrating practices;

    2) How the willingness to experience the poignancy of the “Spiritual Human Sacrifice” is a deep purification;

    3) How to get a continuous flow of pleasure;

    4) How limited identity is created and replaced by a paradoxical identity;

    5) Four ways to contact the “Invisible Field of Spirit.”

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    Confusion, Yuckies & Subtle Vibrations

    Duration: 73 minutes

    Shinzen discusses various phenomena that arise during meditation and being on the meditative path, such as having pleasant sensations versus icky, creepy ones, feeling confused, scattered and the ‘don’t know mind’, as well as tips leaving a retreat.

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    Connecting to the Source

    Duration: 56 minutes

    Shinzen talks about the self and oneness. He explains some sensitizing techniques that either focus on or away from the self, but that develop concentration while yielding insight and purification. He offers that although it isn’t ‘bad’ to have a sense of self arising; what is bad is not knowing how the sense of self arises, or how the sense of oneness arises. It’s the difference between ‘samadhi with a seed’ or ‘samadhi without a seed’.

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    Consciousness and Negative Entropy

    Duration: 40 minutes

    Human beings are highly ordered pieces of the universe. Yet, we are constantly forced to face disorder. Our nature is for the mind to fight moment by moment to figure things out and for the body to try and become comfortable, but sometimes this is impossible so we need to have direct contact with an ordering principal that can never be disordered, then we never have to fear disorder of the mind and body. Shinzen describes this ordering force in detail.

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    Dealing with Fear and Anxiety

    Duration: 61 minutes

    Shinzen talks about fear & anxiety; working with fear and divide & conquer. In a Q&A session, he answers questions regarding being versus a ‘being grabbed by’ experience; how to observe & untangle; escaping into fear; experiencing fear fully – objects versus vibrations; and watching your ‘metta program’.

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    Dissolving the World, Melting the Heart

    Duration: 77 minutes

    In two guided meditations, Shinzen draws our awareness to the changes and movement of our senses – the impermanence that teaches us how to ‘un-become’ a phenomenon until there is no time to experience ourselves as an object. Within that experience in the first meditation, he then concludes with a short metta meditation, and in the second session ends with a challenging concentration technique.

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    Don't Know Mind

    Duration: 46 minutes

    Shinzen talks about how to work in a meditative way with not having the answer and the related phenomenon of wanting to know or needing a plan; and how confusion can be used as a tool to achieve both calm mind and wisdom mind.

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