Sunday, September 10, 2017 – “Bodhisattva Vows/Marriage Vows” – by Sokuzan

In our tradition, the bodhisattva vows are the same as the marriage vows given by a preceptor in ceremony. Marriage is yoga, or union. It’s a discipline. The vow is like glue. “I vow to be with all things.” We vow to train our minds to see how we go to war with our own thought patterns.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 – “Mind Your Own Business” – by Sokuzan

Don’t take your eyes off of the world, but taking action out of fear is like covering your eyes. When you go out towards you notice that you keep turning away from the gift of reality presented to you offered by your senses. Receive it. Awareness is what is important not what arises in it.

Sunday, September 3, 2017 – “Opinions” – by Sokuzan

As soon as you have an opinion about anything, you solidify it. You don’t need opinions about something that is the case. If you relax into it you will know less but you will understand more.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 – “Wake Up–Wake Down” – by Sokuzan

When someone awakens, the walls of the mind collapse, and it can be uncomfortable. We wake up to the amazing situation of no separation and wake down to the ordinariness at the same time.

Sunday, August 27, 2017 – “Containers” – by Sokuzan

Contemplate how containers work in your life. Places, time, belief are all kinds of containers. There is the kind of container that prevents vs the kind of container that nourishes something.