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    On Buddhism: Shila, Samadhi and Prajna

    Duration: 58 minutes

    Buddhism is fond of using numerical categories as devices of memorization. The whole path can be conceived of in the Three Fold Training, probably the simplest of these divisions. Shinzen speaks on the concepts of Shila (precepts), the misunderstanding of Samadhi (concentration) and Prajña (wisdom). Delving back into pre-history and leaping forward into scientific, mathematical and psychological concepts, Shinzen demonstrates the complexities of these simple categories.

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    Overcoming Three Seemingly Insurmountable Obstacles to Enlightenment

    Duration: 54 minutes

    Shinzen discusses some obstacles & challenges on the meditative path, such as ‘the more I practice, the worse it gets; I’m not worthy; it’s all one, so I’m not doing or feeling anything; education of the no-self and no longer needing to make an objective of the self or world – ever’.

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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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    Parallels Between Buddhism and Christianity

    Duration: 60 minutes

    Describes in detail the Christian analogue to Vipassana meditation and discuss why most western Christians are unaware that such a practice exists in their tradition.

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    Pleasure and Purification

    Duration: 37 minutes

    When we experience pleasure in a skillful way, blockages to happiness are worked out and our base line of satisfaction deepens. Pure pleasure purifies.

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    Posture, Sleepiness and Discomfort

    Duration: 75 minutes

    The role of posture in practice; Working with sleepiness; Paying attention to transitions; Meditation as a vaccination against future larger pain; Dealing with discomforts while sitting; Very detailed description of working with pain and physical discomfort; Subjective body sensations/flavors of feeling; Discriminating internally generated feeling states associated with urge, desire and will.

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    Relationships: The Householder's Monastery

    Duration: 43 minutes

    Describes how we can use our intimate relationships as a monastic training ground to undergo the kind of spiritual transformation that monks and nuns experience as a result of their practice.

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    Sexuality and the Spiritual Path

    Duration: 52 minutes

    Shinzen gives his opinion as to why there is uptightness and guilt associated with sexual activity in so many cultures. He explains that what we really want is not erotic pleasure as an object, but the fulfillment and purification that comes from having a complete experience of pleasure. This does not depend on the intensity, duration or type of pleasure. Rather, complete pleasure is any pleasure experienced with continuity of awareness and zero interference.

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    Shinzen's 15-Minute Workout

    Duration: 15 minutes

    For first-time or experienced meditators or for “those on the go,” a short guided meditation covering all bases, focusing on body sensations and energy qualities to a centered place.  Leaves you focused, alert and sensitized.

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    Shinzen's 20-Minute Relaxation

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Whether you are a first-time or long-time meditator, while using his Core Practice approach, Shinzen guides you to become calm, centered and relaxed – quickly when you need it the most. This tape was produced from work Shinzen has been developing for interactive use.

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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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    Six Paramitas

    Duration: 54 minutes

    The paramitas are practices that can be mastered to transport you to enlightenment. They are generosity, morality, patience, energy, concentration and wisdom. ‘Paramita’ in Sanskirt means both perfection and reaching the other shore.

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    Slowing Down and Dissolution

    Duration: 51 minutes

    Shinzen offers two guided meditations:

    1) How to slow down internal talk using a technique called Echoing.

    2) How to use body, image, feel and thought for urges and desires to experience qualities of impermanence.

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    Spiritual Bodywork

    Duration: 59 minutes

    Tells the benefits of maintaining a meditative techniques when you are receiving a massage or other body work. Gives practical tips on how to do this. A valuable resource to those who give and receive massage.

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    Step by Step Guide to Dealing with Huge Emotions

    Duration: 54 minutes

    Shinzen talks about some huge emotions and how meditation techniques can help on a daily basis. Topics include fear, phobia, making feelings elastic, the true alchemy, divide & conquer, the taste of purification and the math of purification.

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    Strong Sitting, Kriyas, Drivenness

    Duration: 60 minutes

    During a Q&A session at a retreat, Shinzen answers questions on topics about:

    1) Metta versus Vipassana Meditation,

    2) Consciously evoking material to work on;

    3) Strong determination sitting;

    4) Kriyas (involuntary movement during sitting); and

    5) Drivenness

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    Talks on Teaching Series

    Duration: Track 1 – 61 min; Track 2 – 42 min; Track 3 – 41 min; Track 4 – 76 min;

    Track 5 – 46 min; Track 6 – 45 min; Track 7 – 46 min; Track 8 – 71 min.

    These are recordings of three different workshops led by Shinzen Young in Tucson, AZ and Boulder, CO in 1999 but still relevant today. The focus of these workshops, unlike any before led by Shinzen, was the teaching process and how to apply it to meditation. These recordings contain his theories & formulas, lots of Q&A, and role- playing of the situations & questions that come up when teaching. A great learning tool for anyone who wants to teach or even just wants to describe their practice to someone.

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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 Big Picture

    Duration: 70 minutes

    Gives a historical overview of the three major training traditions in Buddhism: Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana. Describes the various types of insights experienced as a result of mediating. Discusses loving kindness and compassion.

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    The Dark Night Of The Soul

    Duration: 50 minutes

    Discusses an awkward intermediate state in spiritual development during which old motivations are seen as illusory. Everything is the same, so why do anything? Elaborates on how to get through this experience of lack of vitality and continue to grow personally and spiritually.

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