Sunday, May 28, 2017 – “Again, Perception Only” – by Sokuzan

Perception only Is a profound teaching of the Yogacara. The emphasis on perception only is to strengthen awareness. Everything is just your perception. It is the sound before the word sound, smell, before the word smell… before we go into the circularity of thinking that cranks out imaginary ideas of a separate self and other.

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Sunday, September 18, 2016 – “Sangha” – by Sokuzan

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Sokuzan talks about the great importance of sangha, the community of people who study and practice together. By reflecting self centeredness and resonating with clarity, sangha supports your awakening.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 – “Dogen: To Forget The Self” – by Sokuzan

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Sokuzan talks about several lines in Dogen’s Genjokoan: To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be actualized by the myriad things. When actualized by myriad things, your body and mind as well as bodies and minds of others drop away.

Mountains and Rivers

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Mountains and rivers (Sansuikyo in Japanese) was written by Dogen in the 13th century and can be found in the Shobogenzo. Sokuzan discusses this and his process.

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