“A Meditation Primer” now available on Kindle

“This small book of talks arose because there seemed to be a need to express and repeat what shikantaza, or just basically sitting, is all about. It is meant to reinforce, repeat, and help you dig a nice deep groove—in the awareness of how to do this, in the recipe of how to do this, in the protocol of how to do this. Just simply sit and observe.”

Coming from over forty years of study, practice, and teaching, Sokuzan introduces the simple discipline of the sitting practice of meditation. Whether you are new to shikantaza or have meditated for some time, the basic ‘recipe’ at the back of the book, the seventeen short meditation instructions, and the notes from his two talks, “Meditation Doesn’t Work,” Sokuzan’s approach can help inspire you in creating or continuing a daily meditation practice.

A soft cover printed book is also available.

Half-way Measures

Sokuzan speaks about awareness and how to strengthen it by trying to focus on the space between the beginning of an action and the apparent ending of an action.

What is there to talk about?

Sokuzan speaks on a topic inspired by an email from a student. If we don’t have opinions or positions, if we don’t accept, reject or ignore, what is there to talk about?

Dogen: The Mark of Realization

Sokuzan speaks on questions that arose during daily book study of Dogen’s Shobogenzo.

Studying Dharma Books With Sangha

Sokuzan discusses the value of studying Dharma books in groups. Being exposed to different perceptions of the teachings expressed by others can deepen your own understanding.