Saturday, August 27, 2016 – “Reset Buttons” – by Sokuzan

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Sokuzan teaches the post meditation practice of using what he calls “Reset Buttons” like the phrase “Thank you very much, I have no complaints whatsoever!”, said aloud or to yourself, perhaps with a bow, as a way to interrupt the momentum of negativity and bring some awareness to a difficult situation.

 

 

 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 – “Beings Are Numberless. I Vow To Free Them.”

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Sokuzan talks about the 1st of the 4 Bodhisattva Vows, which he often teaches as “I vow to be with all things”. One way to practice this is to first be with your own thought patterns, observing thoughts as living beings coming into and passing out of existence and not meddling with them.

Sunday, August 21, 2016 – “Awareness As Space” – by Sokuzan

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In the beginning, the practice of meditation introduces us to spaciousness. The knee-jerk reaction of ego is to doubt the space by trying to fill it up or control what appears in it. The continuing practice of meditation is training in trusting the space. This is awareness.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 – “A Hair’s Breadth Deviation – by Sokuzan

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Sokuzan uses a line in the Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi, “A hair’s breadth deviation will fail to accord with the proper attunement”, as a way to talk about the nature of mind.

Sunday, August 14, 2016 – “Meditation” – by Sokuzan

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Sokuzan gives meditation instruction and answers questions about practice for the Traverse City Mindfulness Meditation Group, hosted at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation church.