Wednesday, April 26, 2017 – “Theism and Non-Theism” – by Sokuzan

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Theism is belief in some kind of creator diety. Buddhism is a non-theistic spiritual path, meaning that there is neither belief nor disbelief in a creator being.

Sunday, April 23, 2017 – “Everything Is An Emergency” – by Sokuzan

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Everything is an emergency is like the saying “practice like your hair is on fire”. It is to help you see the urgency of bringing your mind into every moment emerging through the practice of meditation. You might find yourself saying that you are too busy today and you’ll practice tomorrow. Don’t take your life for granted.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 – “ASAP: The Alternating Sense Awareness Practice” – by Sokuzan

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Alternating sense awareness practice (ASAP) is taking the six sense fields: the sense of seeing, hearing, smelling tasting, feeling, and thinking and alternating awareness between them. Sokuzan gives various examples in this talk.
If you practice ASAP a little on the cushion, you could take it into your everyday situation. And when you get into a struggle and want to blame or if there is a knot of pain, you could go into that a little then go into another sense, back and forth. The present moment awareness of the first five sense consciousnesses tends to bring the thinking mind into the present. It is a way of not fueling the warfare and not running away either.

Sunday, April 16, 2017 – “Which Form To Practice?” – by Sokuzan

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In this talk, Sokuzan says to trust yourself when it comes to what forms you should be practicing. So how do you know what forms to practice?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 – “Practicing With Disappointment” by Sokuzan

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The presumption of control is part of the engine we call disappointment.