The title is taken from the Thomas Cleary translation of the Sandhinirmochana Sutra. This ultimate teaching uses concepts to encourage us in our awareness practice to trust our own innate nature. Sokuzan expands and explains on the concepts.
The ideal position is not believing nor disbelieving a thought. Never grasp nor reject thoughts for the rest of your life.
People use the word willpower in conversation as something needed for accomplishing a task. It isn’t that one shouldn’t have something to accomplish, but instead, approaching the task through awareness. This talk focuses on how to work with awareness instead of relying on willpower.
Chiezan discusses the student teacher relationship. The talk is incomplete due to technical problems.
The Heart Sutra verse “gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha” is discussed. How to work with experiencing nervousness when on the edge of emptiness.