Upaya or Skillful Means

Sokuzan talks about how wisdom and skillful means work together using various images. He emphasizes the sitting practice of meditation or shikantanza and encourages people to not miss their life and be with whatever arises including negativity. He also talks about different ways of working with negativity sometimes personified as demons using the example of Milarepa and his upaya with his own demons.

Unyo Priscilla Brown to receive ordination

Unyo sews her monk's robe, or okesa.Zen student Unyo Priscilla Brown puts the finishing touches on her hand-sewn okesa, or monk’s robe. With each stitch, the student recites the three refuges: “I take refuge in the Buddha, I take refuge in the Dharma, I take refuge in the Sangha.”

Unyo sews her okesa
The okesa, or monk’s robe, is sewn by hand. With each stitch, one recites the Triple Jewel: “I take refuge in the Buddha, I take refuge in the Dharma, I take refuge in the Sangha.”

Brown will receive ordination in a ceremony at SokukoJi Saturday May 31, at 3:00 p.m

Concepts and Beyond Concepts

Concepts and Beyond Concepts By Sokuzan Sun., Apr, 20, 2014 from SokukoJi on Vimeo.

Love and Longing

Love and Longing by Sokuzan Wed., Apr 16, 2014 from SokukoJi on Vimeo.

Sokuzan comments on different understandings of the word and concept of love. He talks also about how necessary it is to be fundamentally intimate with all things, even the most severe or difficult. He also comments on how the word longing arises and that it is not really wanting things to be different.…

How We Relate To Death

How We Relate To Death by Sokuzan, Sun., Apr. 13, 2014 from SokukoJi on Vimeo.

The next frontier each of us will be facing is our death. When we sit down on the cushion and look at the wall, we are facing our interior jungle. If attached to this body/mind, it may be difficult because ego wants to know. We use the model of the Three Realms–Desire, Form, Formless–as a structure…