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    Enlightened Rage

    Duration: 52 minutes

    Begins with a guided meditation instructing you to think about something that makes you angry, to observe what part of that anger involves body sensations and what part involves the thinking process. By keeping track moment by moment of the components of rage and/or anger in the mind and body we can have the experience of & “enlightened rage” (anger that is a pure of flow energy).

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    Equanimity the Easy Way

    Duration: 60 minutes

    Shinzen talks of the pleasure that can come from meditation and how to create a positive feedback loop, causing increased fulfillment, and thus, more motivation to do the work. He also describes different types of bliss, and the power of becoming intimate with flavor or body sensations.

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    Escaping Into Life

    Duration: 39 minutes

    Our usual way of coping with uncomfortable situations is to “tighten up” and turn away. By turning toward and opening up to these circumstances we can find true freedom.

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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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    Five Techniques: Strategies for the Spiritual Path

    Duration: 72 minutes

    In an interview by Stephanie Nash, Shinzen talks about his five techniques and strategies for a spiritual path on how to get to know yourself at the deepest level: Focus In, Focus Out, Focus on Rest States, Focus on Impermanence and Loving Kindness.

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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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