It is very possible to be in the state of not knowing. When something occurs, if we name it, it stops the investigation of “what is this?”. Our ego mind gets freaked out by not knowing so we clamp down on it and think “It’s this” and give our ego temporary respite. The more you have compassion, the less you will know about what’s going on with someone, including yourself. It is not necessary to stop naming, just see that you name but there is no one behind the naming.
Put self-centeredness on a diet by staying in your senses; just hear, just see, just smell, just taste, just feel, and even just think and add nothing to it so that what you receive does not become food for your self-centeredness.
Thoughts appear and then start to go away, but because there is something about the nature of thoughts that supports a self, an identity, an ego that just thinks about me, me, me, me and my stuff–or the nearest extension of me like my property, my children, my family–we go back over old things for some kind of resolution and bring them back to life, pumping fuel into them out of fear or desperation or insecurity. What should we do? In today’s talk, Sokuzan teaches the importance of prioritizing awareness to work with the entire situation.
The title of this talk points to the way the ego mind wants to solidify the identity that chooses.
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.