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    Happiness for No Reason

    Duration: 58 minutes

    Starting with a story of his introduction to a Zen temple and giving entertaining and specific metaphors, Shinzen talks of the definition of Enlightenment and how to be happy independent of conditions.

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    How Insight and Love Reinforce One Another

    Duration: 36 minutes

    Shinzen gives guidelines for the practice of virya (the quality of intensity or energy). He discusses how Vipassana practice and loving kindness practice are intimately linked and in the end are the same practice. As Vipassana practice gradually dissolves the accumulated poison and pain of a lifetime, one gets insights and experiences purification, then it is very easy to generate states of friendliness or loving kindness. Also includes what you can expect to experience after you leave a retreat.

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    How to Choose Your Meditation Technique

    Duration: 52 minutes

    Shinzen addresses the frequently asked question, “What technique should I use in my meditation practice in terms of retreats and my daily sitting?” He gives guidelines to help you make choices regarding techniques and shares the one underlying commonality in all techniques. He discusses in detail various strategies and techniques in the Vipassana practice. Explains the different phenomena that come up while meditating and what to do if experienced. Talks about the nature of enlightened consciousness.

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    How to Do Noting

    Duration: 70 minutes

    A detailed explanation of a very useful Vipassana meditation technique.

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    How to Get Enlightenment in a Sauna

    Duration: 58 minutes

    Using different strategies and helpful metaphors, Shinzen describes in detail how to make mindful distinctions of body sensations — going into 3 sub-categories of heat and 3 emotional reactions to heat. He also gives specific applications to pain and to simply walking down the street as quick paths to enlightenment.

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    How to Guide People Beyond Suffering

    Duration: 4 Recordings: 1) 53 minutes; 2) 73 minutes; 3) 80 minutes 4) 58 minutes

    Shinzen leads two separate guided meditations to two students who are suffering varying degrees of physical pain – one acutely intense. During the meditations, he explains the reason for certain questions and what direction information may lead.  These four recordings would be extremely useful to anyone who may be in a position to guide someone who is experiencing pain, or to alleviate your own physical suffering.

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    How to Manifest Singleness

    Duration: 77 minutes

    How Buddhism came into China; story of Bodhidharma; God Keeps Pitching and You Always Get Another Chance at Bat; Six Sense Gates Give Way to Expansion and Contraction and Ultimate Cessation; the Power of Emptiness; Sourcing; Intro-Description of Body Sensation, Qualities of Internal Talk and Image; the Beauty of Fully Manifesting a Self; Description of Categories: Talk, Image, Feel; Working with Tunes.

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    How to Work with Dynamic Qualities

    Duration: 49 minutes

    Once a sensation is covered with mindfulness and equanimity one can become aware of its dynamic qualities. Shinzen outlines a strategy for & watching and yielding to the movement and non-movement qualities of body sensation which sets the stage for the purification of consciousness.

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    In Praise of Confusion

    Duration: 40 minutes

    Shinzen lectures on the benefits that are gained when we learn to make friends with moments of confusion. He explains how this leads to both a state of calm and an up-welling of wisdom (prajña).

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    Introduction to Vipassana: Where the Path Leads

    Duration: 2 Recordings: 1) 72 minutes; 2) 72 minutes

    Describes the origin and method of Vipassana meditation and the results of this practice. Especially well-suited for explaining the practice to your non-meditating friends.

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    Jewish Mysticism

    Duration: 55 minutes

    Describes the parallels between Buddhism and Jewish Mysticism. Emphasizes the Kabbalistic concepts of bria yesh me’ayn (continuous creation of things from Nothing) and buttul ha-yesh (the annihilation of the somethingness of the self).

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    Learning from the Marathon Monks

    Duration: 58 minutes

    Referring to the extreme example of commitment of the Marathon Monks, Shinzen talks of how fatigue and physical pain can be the easiest flavors through which to get deep purification.  Sleepy tired sensations and our subjective reactions to them can lead to increased energy and focus as well as deeper purification and insight.

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    Loving Kindness

    Duration: 55 minutes

    This is a lecture on cultivating effortless loving kindness and compassion. One way to reveal your natural loving kindness is to make a series of affirmations with visualizations. Another way is to experience your body as porous energy and modulate that energy with the message of love. Thus insight into the impermanence of your senses can be used to spread your loving kindness throughout your body and your world.

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    Maintaining Abstinence; Eating Meditation

    Duration: 59 minutes

    A guided meditation on how to work with the driver sensations associated with compulsive behavior in order to purify consciousness.

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    Making Daily Life a Sacred Monastery

    Duration: 32 minutes

    Transitions are major moments of opportunity; The process of digestion (breaking up into little pieces) of whatever comes up; day to day life stirs up karma juices; retroactive meditation – making a 5 minute determination meditation worth 5 hours; turning daily activity into meditation.

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    Meditating Through Fatigue

    Duration: 40 minutes

    When you get tired and sleepy it digs down into old material which takes you back to an early period associated with the initial formation of ego. There is an objective need (what the body actually requires) and a subjective need (the desire to avoid or have relief from certain unpleasant sensations). The subjective need can be transcended. Discusses a meditative approach for achieving this.

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    Meditation: A New Kind of Learning

    Duration: 59 minutes

    A great first recording or first day of retreat recording (no matter how many retreats you’ve done). Shinzen explains how meditation is learning at all levels of the brain simultaneously, and how the simplicity of the retreat setting is optimal for rewiring to start to take place at deep levels of the nervous system.  He also discusses how mindfulness and equanimity will affect our habits of making judgments and other undesirable behaviors.

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    Metta Meditation: Covering the Mind and Body with Awareness

    Duration: 62 minutes

    Two Guided Meditations: 1) Metta, and 2) Covering the Mind & Body with Awareness.

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    Minor Irritations

    Duration: 43 minutes

    Shinzen covers topics such as minor annoyances, refined asceticism, untying knots, intention, inflation, purification, three dimensional suffering space, digesting karma, the axiom of consistency, conclusion.

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    On Buddhism: Bodhidharma and Maiakashyapa

    Duration: 56 minutes

    These are the stories of Mahakashyapa and Bodhidharma, including the introduction of Buddhism into China (which later became Zen in Japan), and the influences on our present day practice.

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