e1. Advancing the Practice – Meido Moore

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e1. Advancing the Practice - Meido Moore
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Overview

In this episode, we talk with Meido Moore about the big picture, goals, and advanced stages of the meditation and inner exploration journey; ways to advance our practice; navigation of a variety of traditions/methods; teacher selection; extension of practice into daily life, Meido’s own practice at his current stage, and more.

Topics Covered

0:00 – Intro
1:43 – How Meido describes his role
4:40 – Main objectives pursued by intermediate practitioners when they enter more advanced stages of inner exploration and meditation
7:50 – Key stages practitioners go through on the journey to awakening
12:09 – Why Meido does not like the word concentration
14:34 – Non-duality and Samadhi
18:22 – Recommendations to keep investigation beyond initial non-dual or oneness experiences
21:21 – Developing trust and conviction in the practice without having glimpses of mystical/spiritual/psychedelic experiences
24:05 – Common vs Zen non-dual states
27:33 – Ways Zen teachers help practitioners realize awakening
36:10 – Benefits of practice for laypeople who are not interested in awakening
39:40 – Recommendations to advance our practice
43:35 – Importance of a more personal and customized approach to practice when transitioning to more advanced stages
46:08 – Ways for practitioners to navigate the many teachings, traditions, and methods available today
52:10 – Meido’s view on mixing practices from different traditions and methods
54:46 – Common issues and pitfalls to avoid in selecting a practice
59:50 – Recognizing situations when persistence with practice is needed vs situations when it’s time to change the practice
1:02:34 – Role of a teacher in the more advanced stages of inner exploration and meditation journey
1:06:40 – Teacher selection approach
1:09:43 – Main hurdles or typical challenges faced by intermediate practitioners and ways to troubleshoot them
1:15:35 – Practice and modern lifestyle
1:18:47 – Ways of extending formal practice into daily life
1:24:14 – Meido’s current daily life practice
1:31:34 – Samadhi vs flow state
1:33:47 – Monastic vs lay path
1:37:58 – Parting thoughts

Guest Bio

Meido is the abbot of Korinji, a Rinzai Zen Buddhist monastery in Wisconsin, and the guiding teacher of the international Korinji Rinzai Zen Community. Meido Roshi began Zen practice in 1988 and trained under three teachers in the line of the great 20th century Rinzai master Omori Sogen Roshi. He has completed the koan curriculum of this lineage, and in 2008 received inka shomei: recognition as an 86th-generation Zen lineage holder empowered to transmit the full range of Rinzai Zen practices. Aside from Zen, Meido is also ordained in the Mt. Koshikidake tradition of Shugendo. He is the author of two books: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice and Hidden Zen: Practices for Sudden Awakening and Embodied Realization

Learn more about Meido, his teachings, and courses available on Innercraft.

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