“Meet Them in the Valley” by Sokuzan on Weds Aug 6th, 2014

“Meet Them in the Valley” by Sokuzan on Wednesday August 6th, 2014 from SokukoJi on Vimeo.

In this Dharma talk, Sokuzan encourages “meeting people where they are at” by strengthening awareness rather than preconceptions.

Upaya or Skillful Means

Sokuzan talks about how wisdom and skillful means work together using various images. He emphasizes the sitting practice of meditation or shikantanza and encourages people to not miss their life and be with whatever arises including negativity. He also talks about different ways of working with negativity sometimes personified as demons using the example of Milarepa and his upaya with his own demons.