Quite often we find ourselves in some sort of dilemma where we want to get rid of something, fix something, or change something. According to the basic teachings of the Buddha, wanting things to be different than they are causes more difficulty. If there is nothing to fix, then why meditate?
Before you step away from a situation, bring as much awareness to it as you can. If you prematurely try to “let go”, you may cover up something that will likely come back again later, maybe intensified.
Sokuzan’s way of talking about the two-word teaching given by his teacher Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche: “Be Genuine!”
Chiezan and Unyo read aloud Sokuzan’s instruction guidelines on facilitating a dharma book study group, and Sokuzan responds to questions. Just a few highlights from Sokuzan’s instructions: “Read aloud slowly. Encourage interruption to discuss, clarify, or question what is being said. Facilitate connection with one another. Encourage people to trust themselves. Do not look to translate what you see into something else just because you can. Listen more. If you think you look foolish, just rest there. If people leave more confused, this is not a bad thing. Nothing needs fixing.”
All lineages of Buddhism include definite, repeatable forms as part of awareness practice, the idea is to tighten up body speech and mind, to balance things. How can we bring the practice of forms into our everyday lives? Here, Sokuzan talks about “casual forms” particularly when it comes to communicating in relationships.