“Awakened one,” or an arhat who has attained additional realizations that allow him/her to be an unsurpassed teacher of others, and who devotes him/herself to teaching the Dharma in order to liberate beings.
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- 18 - Zen Forms (Customs and Rituals) and Why They MatterIn traditional Zen practice, we have a lot of what we call “forms.” Forms are the established ways we enact our practice with our bodies… they include the ways we move in the meditation hall, sit in the meditation posture, place our shoes outside the door, chant and offer incense, show respect for one another, eat communal meals, and enact our rituals and ceremonies. Why do we have so many forms instead of just going with the flow and letting people do things the way they want to?
- 16 - Sangha: The Joys, Challenges, and Value of Practicing in a Buddhist CommunityIs it really necessary to participate in a Sangha, or Buddhist community? What are the benefits, joys, and challenges of doing so? You may be surprised by some of the aspects of Sangha practice I talk about in this episode (it's not all about enjoying the pleasant company of enlightened people!).
- 15 - To Study Buddhism Is to Study the Self (and Why That’s Not Selfish)Liberation from self-concern is central to all forms of Buddhism, although the methods used to achieve that liberation differ widely. In this episode, I present a classic Zen teaching on not-self: Zen Master Dogen’s statement that “to study Buddhism is to study the self” and "to study the self is to forget the self."
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