Wednesday, November 29, 2017 – “Streetwise Mind” – By Sokuzan

If anything happens out in the environment that is completely unpredictable, you may not have time to rely on your usual thinking protocol. Strengthen your awareness, so that when you do go out into your life and the unexpected happens you lead with your “streetwise mind”. That might look like not knowing what to do next, and you don’t mind.

Sunday, November 26, 2017 – “Chemtrails Of The Mind” – By Sokuzan

 

The causes and conditions that rise up in the atmosphere are still way too complicated to fully understand, but there seems to be a deliberate stirring up of all kinds of things to cover up or control what is really happening. Train your mind. Use the environment of sitting meditation to see the chemtrails of your mind, your own blockages in the form of beliefs and disbeliefs.

Saturday, November 25, 2017 – “Don’t Quiet The Mind” – By Sokuzan

 

Don’t quiet the mind. Trying to control what’s happening in the mind by way of techniques like following the breath, reciting mantras and labeling thinking is a subtle form of spiritual materialism. When you do formal sitting meditation, don’t interfere with the very dynamic of thoughts and memories that you really need to witness. Train your mind to be with all things. This is the practice of shikantaza, the teaching of Zen.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 – “Smart Phones” – By Sokuzan

 

Is there a middle way with smart phones and social media? Is there a way to do just a little bit? There is no particular formula for that other than to train your mind, see the crud that is in the way of the truth and don’t be fooled by what pops up; don’t believe it, don’t disbelieve it, and don’t look away.

Sunday, November 19, 2017 – “More Do Zen Don’ts” – By Sokuzan

 

Do get into the zendo and do meditate. Don’t follow the breath, and don’t ignore the breath either. Do use the natural reference point of the body. Then, whatever arises, don’t do anything. Don’t add. Don’t subtract. Don’t divide. Don’t take away its original value. It takes a while.