We are training our mind. How do we do that? Sit down, hold still, and watch what moves. Body and mind are more connected than you think.
Sokuzan responds to questions in open interviews with several close students.
“Svabhava” is a Sanskrit work that means “own-being” or “self”. “Nisvabhava” mean there is no self, no self in the skandhas of form, feeling perception, memory and consciousness. Don’t lock down on one way or the other, and at the same time, don’t look away. Examine this feeling of a self. What is this?
Sokuzan reads and teaches from a line in “The Precious Treasury of The Basic Space of Phenomena” by Longchen Rabjam, a fourteenth century teacher of Dzogchen: Within enlightenment, awareness without transition or change, the universe of appearances and possibilities, whether of samsara or nirvana, arises with nothing to renounce or attain. In the experience of yogins who do not perceive things dualistically, the fact that things manifest without truly existing is so amazing that they burst into laughter.
“Perception is not proof. If it is, it is without doubt. It is beyond this and that, beyond opinion, fact and fiction and is called vijnapti-matra, the Sanskrit for perception or consciousness only.”