At the All-Day retreat at Sokukoji-Traverse City, Sokuzan talks about how to skillfully and sanely work with negativity without getting sucked into the negativity and end up being at war with ourselves.
Save all beings means to be with all things, starting with your own thought patterns.
When something happens, emotion arises as it relates to the situation. When that feeling is uncomfortable, self centeredness tries to get away from it by fixating on stories that distract from the basic situation.. If you try to rid of difficulty by ignoring it, it will repeat it’s cycle when triggered. Awareness tends to lessen the fuel of fixation. Strengthen that awareness by sitting down, holding the body still, and practicing watching what comes and goes without doing anything with it. This is the practice of meditation.
In this Dharma talk, Sokuzan teaches about the 5th Skandha, Consciousness, in terms of The Eight Consciousnesses. These and other Buddhist conceptual models are intended to be used as tools to help us examine the nature of self through our own experience.
Meet them where they’re at instead of where you think they’re at. This includes others as well as your own thought patterns.