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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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    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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    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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    Father God, Mother God

    Duration: 75 minutes

    The flow of impermanence can also be described as expansion and contraction. Joshu Sasaki, one of Shinzen’s teachers, thinks of God or the creative force as Mother and Father. It takes both activities, expansion and contraction, to create anything. When we fixate our consciousness we see the created forms rather than the activity of the Source of creation.

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    Paradigms of Purification

    Duration: 60 minutes

    Describes several alternative conceptual models for the process of purifying consciousness. Discusses paradigms from morality, theology, psychology and physics.

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    Simplifications

    Duration: 63 minutes

    An overview of why one meditates leads to a discussion of the forces that lead to spirituality, the six senses which reduce to the simplicity of expansion and contraction and zero, an experience of true peace.

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    Thanatos and Eros

    Duration: 46 minutes

    Considered by many to be one of Shinzen’s most extraordinary public talks, Shinzen describes “The Big Picture” of human existence in terms of two fundamental principles: Love (eros) and Death (thanatos). Contains a step-by- step procedure for guiding others through their dying process. Also speaks about using sexual experience as a platform for spiritual growth. At the end of the talk, Shinzen recites Goethe’s “Holy Longing” in German and English as a surprise for his old friend, Nicola Geiger. Nicola reveals that she recited that same poem to her father on his deathbed.

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    The Four Noble Truths

    Duration: 49 minutes

    Shinzen discusses the Buddhist concepts of the Four Noble Truths, suffering and its cause, the path, morality, concentration, insight and compassion.

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    The Primordial Rhythm of Nature and Practice

    Duration: 64 minutes

    1) Being still (and the Retreat setting) is like the cocoon that allows total restructuring;

    2) The same ordering principle inside everything;

    3) How the ‘Runner’s High’ is a taste of purification;

    4) Penetrating the feeling core of being;

    5) The Square-One Principle;

    6) How this path is a journey from the surface of consciousness to the formless activity that is the source of consciousness.

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    Understanding Impermanence through Effort, Intention and Grace

    Duration: 53 minutes

    Shinzen uses examples of effort, intention and grace to understand subjective reality and impermanence. He ends by reciting the poem The Buddha in Glory by Rainer Maria Rilke.

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    Using Visions and Hallucinations for Spiritual Growth

    Duration: 53 minutes

    One paradigm for describing spiritual growth is as a journey from surface (ordinary) consciousness to the Source of consciousness. When traversing this path we pass through intermediate realms in which some people encounter various archetypes (devils, monsters, sages, saints). Tells how a person can relate to these visions and hallucinations in order to grow spiritually.

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    What is the Self? A Contemporary Metaphor

    Duration: 75 minutes

    This recording, full of fascinating information, covers how separation leads to oneness; “divide and conquer” strategy; how white (like the limited self) emerges from red, green and blue on our TV screens; and the “nearest exit” strategy in meditation.

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