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.
In this dharma talk, Sokuzan makes a distinction between “ego forms”, conventional social constructs that support self centered goals and “practice forms” which provide the structure to support awareness that sees through self centeredness.
Sokuzan talks about the 9th Grave Precept in the Soto Zen tradition: “No Being Angry”. The intention of this precept is to bring awareness to the energy of anger and practice feeling the heat without acting out of it or shutting down on it.
Sokuzan talks about the great importance of sangha, the community of people who study and practice together. By reflecting self centeredness and resonating with clarity, sangha supports your awakening.