Wednesday, October 5, 2016 – “Feeling Balloons” – by Sokuzan

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Sokuzan suggests an off the cushion practice: When intense feelings like negativity arise without a story, imagine wordless feeling balloons, go into the texture and stay with it before you give it a name like depression. When you call it something you look away from the basic situation.

Sokuzan Teaching at Several Venues in Traverse City October 12-16, 2016

enso_monk_600Sokuzan has been invited to teach during several events for the Northern Michigan College Mindfulness Initiative, facilitated by Kristy McDonald who is a student of Sokuzan’s.  See the schedule of events here.

During the visit, Sokuzan will give the Wednesday Evening Dharma talk on October 12  and Sunday Morning Dharma talk on October 16 Dharma from Traverse City.  If you are interested in attending the talk, contact Kozan, or you can see them as a live stream on SokukoJi’s Youtube channel.

On Saturday October 15 2016, SokukoJi Buddhist Community-Traverse City will host an adult meditation retreat from 9:00am to 3:00pm at Pathways Preschool. Sokuzan will give meditation instruction and a Dharma talk.  Lunch is provided. Fee is $40.00. To register contact Jigme Dan Fuller, or ph/text to 414-469-7304.   At 4:00pm Kristy McDonald will have her jukai ceremony (receiving the refuge vows and sixteen precepts).  You are welcome to attend

Sunday, October 2, 2016 – “Samatha and Vipashyana” – by Sokuzan

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It is often taught that one should begin with samatha practice (sanskrit; mindfulness meditation, calming abiding, resting the mind) by using the technique of observing the breath and labeling thinking before vipashyana (sanskrit; panoramic awareness, openness, seeing not two) occurs. After many years of his own pracitice and of teaching others, Sokuzan sees the importance of starting off with samatha and vipashyana together by holding still and watching what continues to move, trusting the mind to rest on whatever needs to be observed. This is the practice of “shikantaza” (Japanese) or sitting, observing “just precisely this”.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 – “Strict Solitary Retreat vs. Group Retreat” – by Sokuzan

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Sokuzan talks about the benefit of two types of retreat practice: participation in scheduled sitting, study and practice forms with a group and simplified intensive sitting practice with just one’s self in a supported space with few external distractions.

Sunday, September 25, 2016 – “Elation and Depression” – by Sokuzan

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