Sunday, June 11, 2017 – “Names” – by Sokuzan

It is very possible to be in the state of not knowing. When something occurs, if we name it, it stops the investigation of “what is this?”. Our ego mind gets freaked out by not knowing so we clamp down on it and think “It’s this” and give our ego temporary respite. The more you have compassion, the less you will know about what’s going on with someone, including yourself. It is not necessary to stop naming, just see that you name but there is no one behind the naming.

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Sunday, June 7, 2017 – “Doubt About The Teacher” – by Sokuzan

You should really look at the teacher closely. Take all the time you need and don’t do anything unless you have to. Once you make a commitment, stay with it and give it the benefit of the doubt. Having doubt is part of the dynamic. It is space that you disagree with; a not knowing that you think shouldn’t be there. A little bit of doubt is valuable. It is certainty if you do nothing with it.

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Sunday, June 4, 2017 – “Realization Has No Status” – by Sokuzan

From a conceptual point of view, which is how we communicate, enlightenment implies a state. Realization is fundamentally seeing that no-thing is fundamentally not separate from no-other-thing. The mind that rests naturally is not separate from any emotion. This has no status. It is not a state. Don’t believe this, don’t disbelieve this, and don’t look away either.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017 – “Pure or Clear Emotion” – by Sokuzan

Don’t avoid how you feel by going into the thought process. When emotion arises, no matter how you feel, do nothing with it. In this way you purify it.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017 – “Again, Perception Only” – by Sokuzan

Perception only Is a profound teaching of the Yogacara. The emphasis on perception only is to strengthen awareness. Everything is just your perception. It is the sound before the word sound, smell, before the word smell… before we go into the circularity of thinking that cranks out imaginary ideas of a separate self and other.

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