Sunday, November 13, 2016 – “Relationship Chemistry” – by Sokuzan

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Sokuzan talks about different tools that people use in working with relationships, like astrology, the I Ching, ritualized tantric forms, psychology… but the best tool you can use is to observe your own mind and find out who you are before you begin to understand the chemistry of relationships.

Saturday Afternoon, November 12, 2016 – “No Comment” – by Sokuzan

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Sokuzan gives the last talk during SokukoJi Buddhist Community-Traverse City’s November All-Day Sitting Retreat:  ” When you sit down and hold still, “no comment”,  radically, “no comment”!  Be a minimalist.  Don’t try to be mindful.  Allow things to arise with as little added activity as possible.”

Saturday, November 12, 2016 – “Flowers and Weeds” – by Sokuzan

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Sokuzan gives a talk about meditation using the metaphor  “flowers and weeds” as a way of describing how we tend to judge what arises in awareness when we sit. Sokuzan emphasizes observing awareness rather than meddling with the contents of awareness.  This dharma talk was given at SokukoJi Buddhist Community-Traverse City’s November All-Day Retreat.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 – “Things Are As They Should Be” – by Sokuzan

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On the day after the 2016 US presidential election of Donald Trump, Sokuzan was inspired to give this Dharma talk. He teaches:

“The very nature of things that arise is that they are hooked into everything else. There are not seperate things occurring. It is not something to believe or disbelieve. Meditate. See for yourself if it can be anything other than what it is. In any Buddhist tradition that is a true spiritual path it is called Buddha Dharma, or “Awakened Truth” without the credential of proof….If you have warfare inside you will take it out into the world to justify your position or fuel your despair and shut down. Train your mind, make friends with yourself on a very deep level, so what you need to do comes choicelessly out of your awareness instead of the thinking process.”

Sunday, November 6, 2016 – “Mountains and Rivers” – by Sokuzan

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Sokuzan answers questions from the Sangha.